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5 Questions to Ask Your Kids After Watching Captain Marvel
    • Captain Marvel isn't just any superhero. As Marvel unveils its first female-led movie, we get to teach kids lessons about strength, character, and perseverance.
    • Carol Danvers teaches us that even if she's strong and brave on her own, she still needs help from others, promoting teamwork and camaraderie.

    Captain Marvel, the first female-led superhero movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is breaking box-office records and not just because it precedes the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame. The movie is engrossing and rewarding on many levels. Set in the 90s, Captain Marvel has positive messages related to perseverance, integrity, courage, and more, but the greatest takeaway may be watching a fearless, confident woman become a superhero.

    Carol Danvers, played by Oscar winner Brie Larson, is a fantastic model. She will remind you of The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen without the self-doubt, Wonder Woman without the sexualization, and Black Widow without the moral complexity — all of which means there’s plenty for families to talk about after watching the film.

    5 questions to discuss with your kids after watching Captain Marvel

    By the way,  if you’re catching Captain Marvel this weekend, here’s a tip: there are two post-credit scenes after the film so don’t leave just yet!

    On women’s roles in comics and superhero films

    Many are looking up to Captain Marvel because she’s strong and brave. What makes Carol Danvers a role model in the movie? How does she compare to other female superheroes? How is she portrayed compared to other Avengers?


    On the role of women in the film industry

    Captain Marvel stands out among the Avengers movies (and most superhero movies) because women hold significant filmmaker roles: writing, directing, producing, and editing. Why is it important that women have a hand in making big, popular movies? What’s a potential consequence when men tell a story about women? What’s the potential consequence when the majority of films come from only one gender?

    On strengthening one’s character

    How does Captain Marvel embody courage, perseverance, and integrity? Why are those important character strengths? What scenes in the movie showcase these? Even though Captain Marvel is powerful enough to be a one-woman show, why do you think she still invites teamwork?

    Having a positive self-esteem can help your child become happy and productive people. Raising a confident child can be riddled with challenges but letting him take healthy risks and refraining from comparing him with others help.

    On dealing with bad guys

    How does Carol’s perspective on the war she’s fighting for the Kree change? Do you think “bad guys” think they’re bad? How do you determine what’s right?

    On violence in TV and movies

    What do you think about the way superhero movies depict violence? What’s the impact of media violence on kids? SmartParenting.com.ph published an article on the effect of violent cartoons and games on children. The article states that “children below 6 years old be shielded from all violent media including violence in cartoons.” It’s important to discuss the films you watch with your kids so they will have a better understanding of its message and what they can learn from it.

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