Captain Marvel is on its way to becoming MCU’s most divisive film, and for no real reason at all. After 11 long years, Marvel is ready to produce a solo film starring a female hero. It’s going to be a prequel for MCU and will he set in the 90s, featuring Clark Gregg and Samuel L. Jackson as de-aged Phil Coulson and Nick Fury. Captain Marvel will set the stage for the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame.
However, among Marvel fan communities, Captain Marvel is getting really controversial. In some places, it’s almost impossible to discuss the film without an array of complaints. People are fuming over everything: from misandry to radical feminism. Some even complain about Marvel introducing such a powerful hero so late. But naturally, this is a small yet vocal gathering of fans to spoil the discussion in numerous fan communities.
Some even fear that Captain Marvel may see the same fate as Ghostbusters, with bad PR leading to poor box office reception. But in this case, the trolls are coming up for nothing.
Brie Larson has become kinda divisive
There have been various complaints about Brie Larson in the film. Some feel she doesn’t smile much in the trailers, while many commented that she doesn’t have the superhero physique. Some even say she doesn’t know enough about the character. Many of these complaints are a bit sexist, hinting that Captain Marvel should only exist as an eye-candy in the MCU.
As Larson herself pointed out that male heroes are shown as stoic so why does female superheroes always have a grin on their face? The latest TV spots hint that the film will have a lot of humour (like all MCU films), so rushing into conclusions about the film won’t be right.
Many fans believe that Brie Larson was chosen because she’s a politically vocal actor and feminist. However, this argument has a lot of flaws. Earlier Josh Brolin has recorded Donald Trump tweets in Thanos’ voice, Chris Evans has been completely outspoken on certain issues, and Mark Ruffalo is a notable environmentalist. Even in the comics, Carol Danvers herself is a feminist and her original identity, ‘Ms. Marvel’ was initially intended to be a political statement. Inspired by Kelly Sue’s popular comics, Captain Marvel has always been feminist. So Marvel had no option but to cast accordingly.
In a recent interview with Marie Claire, Larson pointed out that she wanted her press says to be more inclusive.
“About a year ago, I started paying attention to what my press days looked like and the critics reviewing movies, and noticed it appeared to be overwhelmingly white male. So, I spoke to Dr Stacy Smith at the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, who put together a study to confirm that. Moving forward, I decided to make sure my press days were more inclusive. After speaking with you, the film critic Valerie Complex and a few other women of colour, it sounded like across the board they weren’t getting the same opportunities as others. When I talked to the facilities that weren’t providing it, they all had different excuses.”
This isn’t misandy: she didn’t mean that she doesn’t want to see white men in the audience. She meant that she wanted to see women as well as men and people of every background. “What I’m looking for is to bring more seats up to the table,” she was forced to clarify. “No one is getting their chair taken away. There’s not less seats at the table, there’s just more seats at the table.”
How fans are trying to “hurt” Captain Marvel
Some fans are taking Harsh steps and spoiling Captain Marvel’s box office performance. So there are two lines of attack. The first was misreading box office projections, suggesting Captain Marvel will underperform and may even bomb at the box office.
Yet again, this is a flawed argument as experts and analysts are tracking Captain Marvel to make over $100 million in its opening weekend. This means it would outperform Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Iron Man. Many fans even argue that it’s a failure because it won’t be able to beat the record set by Black Panther. That shouldn’t be the case, because if it is, then the Civil War is also a failure.
There are many Rotten Tomatoes trolls that are bombing Captain Marvel’s audience ratings. All of this is a misguided step to make the film look weak. A close look at the comments and reviews suggest that most users have more issues with Larson’s politics than the film.
Captain Marvel hits the theaters on April 8.