Captain Marvel - 2019

Captain Marvel - 2019
Movie Info

Rating: PG-13


Age-appropriateness: sci-fi violence and action


Overview: Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. In trying to remember who she truly is, Carol discovers her identity as she tries to control her emotions. She also navigates a world in which she must figure out who is trying to trick her and who is an actual friend.


Themes: superheroes, expressing emotions, self-control, tricky people, identity, perseverance, resilience

The Quick 3

Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.

1. Expressing Emotions. Is there any event in your past that influences how you express emotions today? How can someone express their emotions in a healthy way?

  • Carol Danvers struggles at times to express her emotions. She remembers many difficult events of her past, and they impact her present. When she recalls her past, she becomes angry and often highly emotional. Whenever she couldn't regulate her emotions, Carol would make situations worse.

  • Here's an article about How to Talk to Your Child About Expressing their Emotions.


2. Identity. Have you ever been confused about who you are? How would you describe your identity - the truest definition of who you are as a person?

  • Vers thinks she knows who she is: a Kree warrior who has special abilities. The Kree are a race of "noble warrior heroes". Then, Vers learns that there's more to her past than she can remember. At one point she evens says, "I don't even know who I am!" Throughout the story, Vers learns that she's actually Carol Danvers, a pilot from Earth.

  • Check out this article on How to Talk to Your Kids About Their Identity.


3. Tricky People. Has anyone ever tried to trick you? How can you know if someone is a tricky person?

  • The Skrulls had the ability to change their appearance. They are shape-shifters with the ability to transform into any life-form, down to the DNA. They often pretended to be other people so that they could trick and manipulate others. Whenever they tried to trick someone, it was so that they could get what they wanted.

  • Here's an article about How to Talk to Your Kids About Tricky People.

After The Movie Discussion Guide

Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.

1. Check out this article on the Strengths and weaknesses of all of the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


2. Carol Danvers struggles at times to express her emotions. She remembers many difficult events of her past, and they impact her present. When she recalls her past, she becomes angry and often highly emotional. Whenever she couldn't regulate her emotions, Carol would make situations worse. Is there any event in your past that influences how you express emotions today? How can someone express their emotions in a healthy way?


3. The Skrulls had the ability to change their appearance. They are shape-shifters with the ability to transform into any life-form, down to the DNA. They often pretended to be other people so that they could trick and manipulate others. Whenever they tried to trick someone, it was so that they could get what they wanted. Has anyone ever tried to trick you? How can you know if someone is a tricky person?


4. Vers thinks she knows who she is: a Kree warrior who has special abilities. The Kree are a race of "noble warrior heroes". Then, Vers learns that there's more to her past than she can remember. At one point she evens says, "I don't even know who I am!" Throughout the story, Vers learns that she's actually Carol Danvers, a pilot from Earth. Have you ever been confused about who you are? How would you describe your identity - the truest definition of who you are as a person?


5. The Supreme Intelligence takes the form of the person whom any individual most admires. What person do you admire the most in the world? What makes that person so influential to you?

Minute By Minute Guide

Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.

:04 Yon-Rogg trains Vers to use self-control. He says, "there's nothing more dangerous to a warrior than emotion...Anger only serves the enemy." He teaches her to control her impulses and to not just use her instincts in stressful situations, but to use her mind. Yon-Rogg says he wants to make her "the best version of herself." How often do you lose control and let your emotions get the best of you?


:26 The Kree soldiers were ambushed by the Skrulls. Vers finds herself in a new, strange location as she tries to make sense of things. Have you ever found yourself in a new, unfamiliar place? How did you make sense of things?


:40 Vers and Agent Fury try to determine if the other person is telling the truth. They ask each other questions to make sure each one isn't posing as a Skrull. How easy is it for you to figure out if someone is lying? How can you tell if someone is telling the truth or not?


:58 Vers talks to Maria Rambeau to try to bring back her memories. Maria talks about the difficulty of losing her best friend. Maria recalls some of her favorite memories with Vers, back when she was known by a different name. When they share old photos, Vers remembers a lot of who she was. Who are some of your best friends growing up? What are your favorite memories with them?


1:10 Carol shoots the energy core, which then exposes her entire body to the power source. She immediately absorbed its power, giving her superhuman abilities. Once Vers remembers this, she recognizes that Yon-Rogg lied to her. That all of her memories of being a Kree warrior were a lie. How do you think she's feeling when she realizes this? How would you react in this moment, if this happened to you?


1:25 Talos is reunited with his family, which has been his mission all along. He wasn't actually after the energy core - he only wanted to save his loved ones when they were in danger. In a similar way, God wants to reunite with His lost children. Luke 19:10 explains Jesus' entire mission when it says, "For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost." Why do you think Jesus wants to save people that are far from God? How does He do that?


1:32 Carol realizes who she truly is and she controls her emotions, along with her powers. She shows resilience in that, when she is knocked down, she always gets back up. Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from difficulties and challenges. How resilient would you describe yourself? How do you find the motivation to work through difficult challenges?


1:45 Carol tells Yon-Rogg that she has nothing to prove to him. She defeats him in battle and is self-confident as she does it. Have you ever felt like you've needed to prove yourself to someone? What made you feel that way?