Ah! The debate of the century! If you are not one of those people who are still actively criticizing Brie Larson for portraying Captain Marvel in three MCU films to date, you are always left scratching your head for the insane amount of hate she gets. If we go by the figures, Captain Marvel has been a roaring success for Marvel but even today, all you need to do is post a simple “I love Brie Larson as Captain Marvel” to trigger a hornet’s nest of trollers and angry fans who are still airing their dislike of Larson for reasons which are majorly not connected to how she played the role.
The trailer bombed even though the film didn’t
Of all the films that Marvel Studios promoted, their efforts in case of Captain Marvel weren’t well executed and thus they failed to spark the excitement that already existed to see the strongest Avenger on-screen. The dull trailers for the film, in particular, were coupled with fans’ complains that Brie Larson wasn’t fulfilling the “humour quota” of Marvel superheroes and didn’t exactly have the build of one.
Well, the kickass action she delivered in the film and the witty exchanges between her and Samuel Jackson’s young Fury, should have been enough to diffuse the complaints, but there is more than her acting that triggered the hate she continues to receive from a minority section of the Marvel fanbase.
Brie Larson and her outspoken feminism
Even though many of the MCU actors have been politically vocal– Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, etc– Larson’s views rubbed fans the wrong way, especially her taking a well-founded stand for feminism which is still being used to claim that she “hates” white males. In an interview with Marie Claire, she had shared how she wanted her press days to be gender-wise balanced.
“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.”
What Brie Larson aimed for was an inclusive approach which was twisted to accuse her of misandry.
Brie Larson as Captain Marvel was strictly a one-note character
As we are well aware of the range of her acting skills, her majorly emotionless-to-snarky-to-over-confident portrayal of the superhero is how the writers wanted her to play Carol Danvers. The stoic presence and perhaps getting the most shallow character arcs ever, Captain Marvel ended up being someone viewers had trouble connecting with.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean that she is a bad actor as she just went ahead with what the script demanded her to be. It is only via future films, where writers will hopefully flesh out her character and add more depth to it, that her merits as playing a superhero can be judged.