Captain Marvel 2: Brie Larson has every right to be angry at MCU trolls

IIt was the kind of blunt response you don’t really see from an A-lister. Press events for Disney films are usually just wooden smiles and tight-lipped platitudes; All the actors need to focus on is gently deflecting softball questions without dropping spoilers. And yet, when Brie Larson was asked exactly that kind of innocuous request at last weekend’s Disney D23 fan fair, she didn’t seem ready to play ball. The question was simple: how much longer will she be playing Captain Marvel? “I don’t know,” she said. “Anybody want me to do it again?” She smiled, but her speech indicated that this wasn’t a joke.

A bit of context. Larson joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) – the world’s largest superhero film franchise – back in 2019 Captain Marvel. Larson played Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, a US Air Force pilot turned space-traveling amnesiac imbued with divine superpowers. Larson became the first woman to host an MCU film, a full 21 entries in canon. Before being cast as Danvers, she was an actress with considerable critical cache, shining in a 2014 indie flick Short term 12before winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for the harrowing 2015 drama Room.

Captain Marvel was a smash hit – grossing $1.128 billion at the box office – but received mediocre reviews. Larson himself became the target of an ongoing campaign of bitter online hate from a particular subset of Marvel fans, ranging from sexist undertones to outright bigotry. To this day, YouTube is filled with videos of angry men foaming at the mouth at how they “ruined” a popular character. Her performance was considered “flat” and unconvincing; for many, she was to blame for the film’s lackluster critical reception. Her off-screen behavior also became fodder for taunts and abuse.

It’s easy to see why her pointed reaction to this question about her MCU future was widely interpreted as a nod to this harassment. Larson seems to back that notion by sharing a photo of herself, two of her castmates and next year’s director yesterday (September 11). Captain Marvel Consequence The wondersnext to the message: “*burn trolls*”.

A common refrain among the many social media users who have directed vitriol at Larson is that the backlash is not sexist at all. It’s just an honest reaction to an inferior film. The writing is chilling and uninspired, they say. Larson’s character was smug and two-dimensional. She couldn’t convince in the role. All of this may actually be true, of course. But Larson alone can hardly be held accountable. The MCU is full of two-dimensional characters, stiff performances, and clunky dialogue. From Gwyneth Paltrow’s pathetically enraptured Pepper Potts in the Iron Man movies to Benedict Cumberbatch’s zany surrogate Doctor Strange, there are plenty of big-name actors out there in Marvel-land giving performances that make Larson look like a charismatic juggernaut. But unless you’re a man named Chris, the rules are different.

in the The wondersDirected by 32-year-old US talent Nia DaCosta, Larson’s character collaborates with Ms Marvel (played by Pakistani-born Canadian actor Iman Vellani) and Monica Rambeau (played by black actress Teyonah Parris). While Larson was undeniably targeted for her gender, she is still white; You can’t help but fear the kind of toxic pushback The wonders will inevitably arise. Actors of color who are cast in prominent roles in major film franchises are routinely the victims of heinous online abuse campaigns; Even in recent months, Moses Ingram has been targeted after he was cast in a major villain role in the Star Wars spin-off Obi Wan Kenobi. Many of the protests were the same. “It’s not about race or gender.” “It’s just a poorly written character.” “It’s just a poor performance.” Fool me once etc.

Brie Larson as Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel

(Marvel Studios)

Inevitably, Larson’s alleged failures as Captain Marvel have garnered some resonance through repetition. Say something often enough and it becomes a story. The huge support for Larson on social media would indicate that she still has many devoted fans out there; We’re finally talking about a movie that was listed in the 30 highest-grossing movies of all time. But it’s an ongoing narrative nonetheless, of which she is clearly aware. If someone as big and successful as Brie Larson can be ravaged by malicious social media trolls, what chance does anyone else have?

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/brie-larson-interview-captain-marvel-2-trolls-b2166766.html Captain Marvel 2: Brie Larson has every right to be angry at MCU trolls

JOE HERNANDEZ

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