Today in toxic masculinity, trolls are trying to sabotage Captain Marvel by trashing its Rotten Tomatoes page with, well, rotten reviews — before even seeing it. Yup.
Marvel's first woman-led superhero movie isn't out until next month, but trolls have made it their mission to bombard the page with sexist comments, which adversely impact its rating. The reviews are mostly misspelled and constructed poorly, but in bad taste nonetheless.
"as a white male i dont think Brie would want me watching this movie," wrote Nigel B.
"Brie Larsen did a lot of political statement, so my political statement wil be not to see this movie. Hope she will not be in Infinity War 2," said someone named Ondrej.
"brie larson has already said this isnt for me.i'll spend my money elsewhere," wrote Kevin H.
Someone named Justin M also threw in his unsolicited opinion: "Not interested in supporting Brie Larson's agenda."
The "agenda" that troll referenced is Larson's recent interview on press junkets. In early February, she told Marie Claire most of them are full of white male critics. Since then, she's advocated for a more diverse critic pool.
"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," Larson explained. "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 color, 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."
This isn't the first time trolls have targeted films by (and for) women. In 2016, misogynists of the web smeared the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters. Thousands of users down-voted the film's press materials, including its trailer and cast interviews. Their attempts were futile, as the film earned a staggering $229 million at the worldwide box office, and it looks like Captain Marvel could follow in its footsteps. The trolls above were quickly shut down by the first wave of critics, who have actually seen the film in advance press screenings. The initial reviews are very positive. Critics say it "vibrates with an intensity and immediacy that brings the audience to the edge of their seats," and that it's "funny and fun and super empowering," and "made me feel proud to be a woman."
Not to mention the film is primed to bag $100 million during its opening weekend. So take that, haters!
Captain Marvel flies to the cinemas on March 8, 2019.