Marvel is the hottest ticket for celebrities hopping on the Fastrack to become a household name. Each Marvel movie draws in a massive number of viewers, and Marvel and Disney have a long arcing plan for the franchise. This means the actors can — if they wish — have several blockbusters in their future.
When Academy Award winner Brie Larson, who undoubtedly already earned critical acclaim and fame, learned she scored the coveted role of Captain Marvel, she was delighted. After all, Captain Marvel is the character many anticipate to take over Tony Stark’s legacy and position in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While Larson was no doubt thrilled, she likely had no idea that some horrible fans — haters, if you will — wanted her film to fail.
Why some Marvel fans hate Brie Larson
Like all good actors who play Marvel characters, Larson has done a wonderful job embracing both her character and the comic book world. The problem is that while she’s obviously an Avengers fan, she’s also an activist.
As such, Larson isn’t shy about her political opinions, particularly about feminist issues. Her opinions have offended some fans who feel she should keep her thoughts to herself. Many complain that she’s using her high profile role as a political platform. Some have even called her a man-hater and claim that she engages in radical feminist preaching.
While Larson has irritated some, she also has a large fan base that supports both her career and her ability to speak her mind. According to Larson, she had no idea there was a contingency of toxic Marvel devotees who wanted the movie to fail.
Why some fans have a problem with Captain Marvel
Yes, there is also a great deal of animosity for the character of Captain Marvel. But, in all fairness, not all of it has anything to do with Larson.
A great deal of the current disgruntlement has to do with the idea that the character is poised to fill the giant shoes Iron Man’s death left in the Avengers. While there are some Marvel fans who object to the idea of a female character in a position of power — sexist much? — the main issue is that in the grand scheme of things, Captain Marvel is a new character and people don’t understand why the leadership role wouldn’t be passed on to one of the Avengers who have been around for a while.
Some Marvel fans feel Captain Marvel lacks the experience needed to lead the Avengers. That said, other Marvel fans are quick to point out that in the comic books, Captain Marvel steps in to fill the void left by Iron Man and Captain America and does a wonderful job at that. What’s more, she’s got intergalactic experience saving worlds and planets across galaxies.
How Brie Larson handles the toxic criticism
It must be heartbreaking for a character to pour her heart and soul into a part only to have the character get shredded by the fans. In Larson’s case, a small but vocal contingency objected to both the movie and her role long before the movie hit the big screen.
Despite the fact that some fans complained about everything, Larson handled the situation with grace and amusement. When fans griped about her failure to smile, she didn’t bellyache: She simply flooded Twitter with images of other Avengers, each with a photoshopped smile.
While it’s possible that some will push Larson to tone down her personal campaigns, it’s equally unlikely that she will. Larson has stated that she hopes Captain Marvel will become a symbol of female strength.
In the end, fans who don’t like her political stances will have to decide if it’s possible for them to enjoy her character while disliking the actress. If they can’t separate the two, they’ll stop watching the Marvel movies. And, considering that Captain Marvel netted over $1 billion at the box office, it seems like fans of the character and Larson far outnumber the naysayers.