Marvel: Why Is ‘Captain Marvel’ So Disliked?

Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel, is quite a heroic character. So why do some Marvel fans dislike her so much? For some of them, this dislike started before the movie was even released.

Why? What could it be that would cause such an intense dislike? You’re about to find out.

How did the dislike of ‘Captain Marvel’ start?

Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel) at Captain Marvel screening
Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel) at Captain Marvel screening | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for FIJI Water

According to Screen Rant, Captain Marvel caused a great division in the Marvel fan base. This division, according to the site, started before the movie was even released. Because it was”the first female-led solo movie in the MCU, and with Carol Danvers then slated to be the universe’s most powerful hero, there was a pushback against Captain Marvel’s perceived agenda from an extremely vocal minority.” These fans only became more upset about the movie as the marketing for the film increased.

These fans would not just criticize the movie for its action or storylines, but they would have more specific complaints. These critics would say, mostly based on trailers and other marketing clips, that Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel didn’t smile enough. This seems a bit of a strange complaint to many other fans, who don’t see what her smiling or lack thereof has to do with her heroism.

Brie Larson, the actress who portrays Captain Marvel, probably had the best response to this. She took a humorous slant on it and edited other superheroes to make them smile. How hilarious!

What was the next step for the critics?

Many of them made Youtube videos against the movie and sent negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie, however, thrived despite the negativity thrown at it. It made $1.2 billion dollars at the box office.

Despite the movie’s success, the critics remained. Why? Well, it all has to do with the movie’s star, Brie Larson.

How did Brie Larson factor into the dislike of the movie?

The star made some comments about who was interviewing her. She mentioned that “her press days were ‘overwhelmingly white male’ and that she ‘decided to make sure [her] press days were more inclusive’. Though she later clarified her comments, the damage, for some fans, was already done.

Largely, the backlash is due to one comment that perhaps could have been worded a little bit better. Yet Brie Larson does not dislike all white men, despite how her comments are often taken out of context. In the end, her comments were meant to be inclusive rather than exclusive. To include more groups of people, rather than to exclude one group.

Brie Larson is somewhat misunderstood. She is a talented actress and seems to be fine as a person. Perhaps if the critics got to know her more, they would even like her. You never know.

No movie can please every fan, of course, yet the reason for this dislike really has nothing to do with the movie itself it seems. Whatever Brie Larson may have said, the movie should be judged on its own merits. Just like everyone else, Larson is a person with her own flaws and strengths. She can’t please everyone, no person can.

No one wants to be misunderstood, yet it happens. We should all try to be more understanding of each other if we can.