“Captain Marvel” is poised to be a huge box office hit, but the reviews are mixed.

The first female-led superhero film to be released by Marvel and only the second major comic-book movie to focus on a heroine, “Captain Marvel” is a crucial big-budget project, moving in the right — and necessary — direction for Hollywood. Despite the significant message the movie sends audiences, many critics have taken issue with “Captain Marvel,” calling it “convoluted” and “average.”

Does the pic deliver? Is Brie Larson a convincing superhero? Variety senior correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister and chief film critic Owen Gleiberman discuss.