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Captain Marvel is the newest movie from Marvel. Captain Marvel is a new superhero. She is the first woman superhero with her own Marvel movie. The movie has had great reviews. It has made over $1bn worldwide. It is only the 38th movie to ever make $1bn worldwide. It is very popular.

However, there was controversy before it released. Some people were upset because Captain Marvel is a woman. They were also upset at the actress who plays Captain Marvel. They tried to make people boycott the movie. This is when a small group of people tries to make other people not buy, watch, play or read something.

The boycott did not work. Captain Marvel has been the most popular movie in most countries. The total is still climbing every week. It could become one of the top 20 highest grossing films ever.

Difficult words

Review: When someone writes what they think about something.

Controversy: Many people arguing about something.

Release: To make something available for the first time.

Boycott: Refuse to buy, watch, play or read something.

Grossing: Amount of money earned.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Review A. Make money
 2. Grossing B. Refuse to buy
 3. Controversy C. Come out for the first time.
 4. Release D. What someone thinks.
 5. Boycott E. Arguments.

True or False?

1. Captain Marvel was released 5 years ago. T / F

2. Captain Marvel is a man. T / F

3. Some people were angry about Captain Marvel. T / F

4. Captain Marvel has been very successful. T / F

5. Captain Marvel has made $1 billion. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. has / had / The / movie / reviews / great

2. popular / is / It / very

3. people / upset / were / Some

4. work / did / not / The / boycott

5. first / She / woman / superhero / the / is

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

Worldwide Newest Tried
Boycott Group Upset

Captain Marvel is the ___________ movie from Marvel. Captain Marvel is a new superhero. She is the first woman superhero with her own Marvel movie. The movie has had great reviews. It has made over $1bn _______________. It is only the 38th movie to ever make $1bn worldwide. It is very popular.

However, there was controversy before it released. Some people were _________ because Captain Marvel is a woman. They were also upset at the actress who plays Captain Marvel. They _________ to make people boycott the movie. This is when a small ___________ of people tries to make other people not buy, watch, play or read something.

The _____________ did not work. Captain Marvel has been the most popular movie in most countries. The total is still climbing every week. It could become one of the top 20 highest grossing films ever.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Have you seen Captain Marvel?
5. Do you like Marvel movies? If so, which ones have you seen?
6. Are Marvel movies popular in your country?
7. If you like Marvel movies, who is your favourite character? Why?
8. Do you think it’s good Marvel gave a woman superhero her own movie?
9. Do you think Marvel will lose fans?
10. What do you think about the diversity push around the world?
11. Is it important to have more strong female characters in movies?
12. What kind of person would you like to see more of in movies?
13. Do movies from your country show diversity?
14. What is your favourite kind of movie?
15. Is your country a progressive place for LGBT rights?
16. Why do you think people are sexist, homophobic or racist?
17. What is the biggest social problem in your country?
18. Is sexism a problem in your country?
19. Is racism a problem in your country?
20. What can the average person do to promote inclusivity?