‘Captain Marvel’ is perhaps the only recent Marvel movie that I have seen to have such a vastly divisive hype base, or at least that is what one can gauge from the responses over the internet. However, I have no doubt that irrespective of its critical reception, ‘Captain Marvel’ will rake in a respectable sum of money to its name, as is the case with any film with the Marvel tag, especially also given its tie ins with two of Marvel’s biggest productions, ‘Infinity War’ and ‘Endgame’. If you look closely, the slate for Marvel films this year is very similar to last year, and every year that one of the ‘Avengers’ films was released, only this time, it’s in quick succession, owing to ‘IW’ and ‘Endgame’ closing down Phase 3 for the MCU.
However, even while retaining a similar template in 2019 as they did in 2018; origin film of relatively lesser known superhero, only hinted at or cameo’ed in previous team up film-tentpole culmination film-sequel to earlier hit solo superhero film that ties to tentpole film; said entries translating to ‘Black Panther’/ ‘Captain Marvel’, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’/ ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’/ ‘Spider Man: Far From Home’ in 2018/2019, Marvel hopes to repeat the immense success of ‘Black Panther’ with ‘Captain Marvel’ this year. With that said, here’s the list of movies similar to ‘Captain Marvel’ that are my recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like Captain Marvel on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Green Lantern (2011)
Unfortunately, the film kicking off the list, without a doubt the most inferior one on the list, so much so that the makers and even the actors have renounced any and all ties to the film, is also the one ‘Captain Marvel’s origin story holds most similarities to. A fighter pilot struggling with their identity, caught in the midst of an intergalactic war and finally emerging a cosmic hero? Hits too close to home. The critical stance with respect to viewers has certainly softened following the film’s massacre back in 2011, and if quality is not too much of an issue for you if you are looking for some easy viewing, ‘Green Lantern’ might just be your poison.
9. Shazam! (2019)
The OG Captain Marvel! Believe it or not, Carol Danvers was not the first superhero to use the name Captain Marvel. It was Billy Batson’s alter ego, a boy imbued with superpowers of flight, strength and magic including lightning upon uttering the word Shazam!, who was originally known as Captain Marvel. The DC superhero is all set to get his own solo origin film early this April, and if the previews are any indication, the other Captain Marvel sure looks like a good bit of fun.