So, you all by now should know that I am a huge fan of the Marvel movies. At the end of this week, the latest venture–Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson–hits theaters. Unlike previous MCU films, this one has been generating enormous bad publicity and has met with some backlash. Rotten Tomatoes has been trolled by angry fans, and the new rumor is that many at Marvel/Disney, even CEO Bob Iger himself, are unhappy with everything that is going on.
Before I begin, though, let me just say this. If the movie isn’t out yet and you haven’t seen it, don’t post bad reviews (or, for that matter, any kind of review). It’s a dick move.
I’ve purposely been trying to steer clear of the entertainment news, as it has caused quite a lot of spoilers for the last few major movies I had had my heart on going to see with an open mind, so I couldn’t intelligibly look at a lot of this shit and see if any of it was tabloid news. Let’s just pretend, though, that it’s not.
Brie Larson did make some sexist, racist remarks about white men. It’s disgusting. I have yet to see any indication of a sincere apology come out of her mouth. And this is the chick Kevin Feige wants to lead the MCU moving forward after Avengers: Endgame? What a sure fire way to start killing he greatest franchise ever made, buddy.
When DC made Wonder Woman, they beat Marvel to the punch. The first major female superhero movie featuring one of the most powerful female heroes ever. Even if you disagreed (or in my case, hated) how Zack Snyder dealt with the DCEU you could not argue that Patty Jenkins did one HELL of a good job with Gal Gadot’s movie.
Now, as these arch rivals always do, Marvel is trying to outdo DC by doing their own female-led superhero outing. Only this time, they have decided to elevate a B-grade hero into the most powerful superhero to ever exist within the MCU. A real feminist rallying right there, but a huge departure from the source material. Not that the MCU is very accurate when it comes to the comics anyway, but still. They spent several movies building up Thor and the Hulk. Cap always seems to last a little longer as the series goes on. Tony Stark’s armor evolves and evolves. Now they are pretty much pushing them all aside to make room for their own Superman-wannabe, Captain Marvel.
It’s a really bold move, one that I worry is going to backfire. Disney already had a horrible, embarrassing failure with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While it brought in the big bucks, fans were so disappointed that they never went to see Solo, the first Star Wars flop that really shook them all to the core. And with the enormous earning potential that the final Avengers Film is going to have at the end of April, it’s logical that they will be hesitant about Captain Marvel ruining Endgame, especially since she is going to make her second appearance there.
I hope it all works out in the end. I love the MCU, always will, no matter how bad Captain Marvel or the backlash of it gets. I probably won’t see it right away, but I will make a point to see it. If it’s good, I might see it twice. And even if it sucks, there is no way I will not be seeing Endgame a few dozen times, even if Captain Carol Danvers Marvel is in it.
Such a great time to be a comics fan.