Twitter User Gets Annihilated After Complaining That Brie Larson's Captain Marvel Wasn't Sexy Enough
Captain Marvel, Marvel's first female-driven superhero movie, made over a billion dollars at the box office.
So they definitely got something right.
That didn't stop misogynist trolls from tearing down the film online, however.
You can see the trailer for Captain Marvel here.
Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel - Trailer 2 youtu.be
So what's wrong with it?
Over nine months after the film's release, some comic book "fans" are still complaining that Carol Danvers (Brie Larson's character in the film) wasn't sexy enough.
The tweet was quickly highlighted by Twitter user @valsreactor, who tore it down for its misogynistic message.
grown man sad because superhero in a kids movie isn’t sexy enough to cure his erectile dysfunction https://t.co/11T5ZMG2TM— vee ⎊ (@vee ⎊)1578166486.0
they were scared of the criticism and went private so heres the tweet https://t.co/ccFyzUQRLk— vee ⎊ (@vee ⎊)1578183272.0
also looking back what i said about ED wasn’t meant to be ableist in any way and looking back that was definitely w… https://t.co/OOgfSlFHd0— vee ⎊ (@vee ⎊)1578185296.0
Many others couldn't help but point out the "Captain Marvel" of this man's dreams...wasn't really Captain Marvel at all.
@valsreactor Also that’s not even Captain marvel that’s when carol was still ms. Marvel so they really don’t unders… https://t.co/re7vv2EuAH— c i a r a (@c i a r a)1578168343.0
@valsreactor Also that's Ms. Marvel in the photo, not Captain Marvel - he can't even toxic nerd right— Alisha💗✨ (@Alisha💗✨)1578175315.0
@SierraWhiskey9 She literally looks like the comic Captain Marvel??? The center one is Ms Marvel?? Go to Pornhub??? https://t.co/jWWjDCHigf— Sweet Insanity | commissions OPEN (@Sweet Insanity | commissions OPEN)1578210871.0
Also, lots of Twitter users thought Brie Larson's Captain looked pretty darn good even though her outfit wasn't overly revealing.
@valsreactor Hard disagree on the "not sexy enough". Brie looks freaking amazing. Their need for women to be almost… https://t.co/mbKb7PB3xx— EJRI (@EJRI)1578188559.0
might have to mute this one but thanks for all the likes and follows and also all the cool people who defended me u… https://t.co/cjL1DRMLun— vee ⎊ (@vee ⎊)1578244856.0
It's important to remember that women don't appear onscreen for the sexual satisfaction of men.
@valsreactor it’s like they forget she’s an actual person and just see her for her body.— bella (@bella)1578190475.0
@valsreactor To all the people saying you’d rather have the skimpy one because it’s what you grew up with. You’ve g… https://t.co/ae8sUuMGbD— Evelyn Rogers (@Evelyn Rogers)1578217785.0
Our culture's undercurrent of misogyny is real and pervasive.
@valsreactor She could have been better for a few reasons but none of those reasons have anything to do with her lo… https://t.co/asIOKgzqZg— Sinspinner (@Sinspinner)1578278080.0
1. This is misogynistic 2. The character they’re saying they hoped for isn’t even Captain Marvel, that’s Ms. Marv… https://t.co/jllxAPNPgG— Philip💄 (@Philip💄)1578232189.0
Maybe next time these whiny fanboys should go see a Ms Marvel movie instead.
You saw Brie Larson, hoped for Ms Marvel....and got Captain Marvel? https://t.co/s8PzfXLNun— Ashley (@Ashley)1578328986.0
Fortunately, Captain Marvel's fans have her back whenever she's not around to defend herself.
Since the release of Captain Marvel LGBTQ fans have been excitedly speculating about Carol Danvers' sexuality and the possibility of the MCU's first queer superhero.
Now the film's directors are finally responding to fan's, but many aren't too happy with the answer.
Imagining the wider lives of our favorite characters outside their stories has been a part of fandom since the first "and they lived happily ever after."
But sometimes leaving it up to the fans' imaginations can seem like little more than a creative cop-out that leaves fans feeling let down.
In the case of Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, speculation has been running wild about the character's sexuality, but despite frequent teases about the nature of her relationship with her female BFF the film never gave fans a definitive answer.
After weeks of speculation though the film's directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have finally opened up and given fans the answer they've been asking for.
#CaptainMarvel certainly has the haircut for it. https://t.co/2triklsAdI— PRIDE (@PRIDE)1558702800.0
After 22 films fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe were finally able to celebrate the first openly gay character to appear in the franchise with Avengers: Endgame.
Although the non-hero character who appeared briefly in the film may have felt like a small consolation prize for those hoping for wider inclusion and representation from the MCU.
But the story of Marvel's newest blockbuster Avenger, Captain Marvel, teased fans with the possibility of the franchise's first queer superhero
Throughout the film Carol Danvers, played by Brie Larson, shares a number of "tension" filled moments with her best friend Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) which was enough to get fans wondering about the relationship between the two characters.
And actress Brie Larson added fuel to fire of speculation when she retweeted fanart shipping her character with Tess Thompson's Asgardian warrior character Valykrie from Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame.
We cute @TessaThompson_x https://t.co/7358yhTQlA— Brie Larson (@Brie Larson)1552924774.0
And if all the hints and knowing looks weren't enough to convince fans Danvers' haircut was once piece of evidence that couldn't be denied.
I know for a fact that Captain Marvel is gonna be gay. I got that same haircut when I was figuring things out too d… https://t.co/ThalJfbIOS— nicoolio (@nicoolio)1557878287.0
if they dont make captain marvel a lesbian after giving her THAT haircut....— fake sasuke (@fake sasuke)1558673086.0
Captain marvel is a lesbian. You will not change my mind. Her haircut spoke for her, I would know.— Pebble (@Pebble)1558597454.0
Captain Marvel’s lesbian hair is stronger than Thanos. https://t.co/ptIN7LIoGg— Tammie Brown (@Tammie Brown)1558609909.0
Hey if any of y’all forgot you were gay here’s your reminder. (Feat. #YangXiaoLong and Carol/ #CaptainMarvel ) 💕 https://t.co/4BkDCtC9T7— Amy (DragonLink) (@Amy (DragonLink))1558732477.0
Despite all the speculation though the film's directors, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, have been reluctant to give fans a definitive answer about the character's sexuality until now.
In an interview with ComicBookMovie.com the pair were finally put to the question and asked to settle what the movie left open about the hinted romance between Carol and Maria.
"That was one of those things when we were in the writing stage, and the sky was the limit and the movie could be anything, we were discussing: 'Are we going to get into any type of romantic relationship with this character?'"
"It wasn't like there was a philosophical opposition to pursuing that storyline; it just came down to real estate in the story we were telling. We knew we were telling a story of self discovery and we wanted friendship, and her friendship with Maria, to be a huge part of that."
According to Fleck though leaving things open about the relationship between the two characters was the best way to give all fans what they want.
"There was no room for any romantic storyline for us. I know people have made their own conclusions about that and I think that's part of the fun of making these movies is that they become the audience's movies and they get to create any kind of narrative they want for what's happening off the screen. For us, as storytellers, it's a friendship and a story about that and self discovery."
So in the end all that hopeful fans were left with was another non-answer "answer".
And in the push to achieve more representation in the MCU it's no wonder why many are feeling less than convinced by the choice to keep Captain Marvel's sexuality and open question for now
@gaytimesmag But somehow they can always find room for straight love interest, no matter how much it slows down the pacing of a movie.— Ebrahim Allie 🇿🇦🏳️🌈 (@Ebrahim Allie 🇿🇦🏳️🌈)1558613185.0
Many Marvel fans were super excited by a particular scene in Avengers: Endgame that heavily featured many of the female cast members.
If you haven't seen Avengers: Endgame yet, there are spoilers ahead, so turn back now!
Avengers: Endgame was released on April 26th, and the internet has been full of talk of the movie since before that.
One scene in particular stood out to a lot of fans:
When every female superhero (except Black Widow) comes together to fight in the final battle of the film.
That kind of show of raw female power is a rare sight in films, and it touched a lot of fans; the women came together to honor a fallen ally and save the day.
Marvel Studios shared an on-set photo to Twitter that has fans feeling those feels all over again.
In the photo, all of the actresses who play the heroes from that iconic scene pose in costume with executive producer Trinh Tran and directors Anthony and Joe Russo.
💪 #AvengersEndgame https://t.co/KC3W7CbZB6— Marvel Studios (@Marvel Studios)1558129605.0
Fans on Twitter loved the photo.
@MarvelStudios @DanaiGurira @GwynethPaltrow @brielarson @EvangelineLilly @letitiawright @PomKlementieff @zoesaldana… https://t.co/x2rzWptYXs— larisa saw endgame x2 (@larisa saw endgame x2)1558129817.0
But many noted that someone important was missing.
@MarvelStudios @DanaiGurira @GwynethPaltrow @brielarson @EvangelineLilly @letitiawright @PomKlementieff @zoesaldana… https://t.co/V9npWd8cin— Tony Stank ⎊ (@Tony Stank ⎊)1558147692.0
@MarvelStudios @DanaiGurira @GwynethPaltrow @brielarson @EvangelineLilly @letitiawright @PomKlementieff @zoesaldana… https://t.co/20zka0wZc1— Faye ⧗ Natasha Romanoff is my hero 🖤 (@Faye ⧗ Natasha Romanoff is my hero 🖤)1558129644.0
Wishing Scarlett Johansson had been in the photo was a pretty common theme in the comments, but she likely wasn't on set that day since she wouldn't have had any scenes to film.
Photos like this are often impromptu snapshots, not something that is planned in advance.
@MarvelStudios @DanaiGurira @GwynethPaltrow @brielarson @EvangelineLilly @letitiawright @PomKlementieff @zoesaldana… https://t.co/z00nMB1VqM— romanoff (@romanoff)1558129869.0
@MarvelStudios @DanaiGurira @GwynethPaltrow @brielarson @EvangelineLilly @letitiawright @PomKlementieff @zoesaldana… https://t.co/BZujLK2cre— Mr.Q (@Mr.Q)1558337951.0
@MarvelStudios @DanaiGurira @GwynethPaltrow @brielarson @EvangelineLilly @letitiawright @PomKlementieff @zoesaldana… https://t.co/baAAFPrpYw— D-Piddy 🎭 (@D-Piddy 🎭)1558129681.0
@MarvelStudios #BlackWidow is not in the pic. It is not perfect. Sorry Marvel 💅 https://t.co/mn2puYVTje— Kuchi 🕷🕸 (@Kuchi 🕷🕸)1558130477.0
If you're still on the fence about seeing Endgame, take a look at the "special look" trailer.
You won't be able to resist after that.
Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame | Special Look www.youtube.com
Avengers: Endgame is still showing in many theaters, so don't miss your chance to see it if you haven't (or see it again if you have)!
Captain Marvel isn't just making a killing in our hearts--she's actually set a completely new box office record.
Brie Larson celebrated earlier this weekend with an Instagram post.
This even beat out DC's Wonder Woman, which earned $100 million in its opening weekend.
Captain Marvel earned $153 million. The movie is now Marvel's eighth most successful movie.
#CaptainMarvel has grossed 1B Yuan at the Chinese Box office. Highest gross ever for Solo MCU movie and 4th Highest… https://t.co/OriWnayS4N— Brie Larson Updates (@Brie Larson Updates)1553962428.0
@THR @brielarson https://t.co/USbZv1hXur— mae (@mae)1554351380.0
@THR @brielarson https://t.co/ZJ2aerNH5T— ✵ Captain Marvel News ✵ (@✵ Captain Marvel News ✵)1554336445.0
@THR @brielarson https://t.co/KJBCnH6ouH— ela (@ela)1554337123.0
@THR @brielarson 🙌🙌🙌🙌💕 https://t.co/jnqs1CIXJr— Spooky || -18D Endgame (@Spooky || -18D Endgame)1554340237.0
Carol Danvers' next appearance is scheduled in Avengers: Endgame at the end of the month, but talk of a Captain Marvel sequel is under way now that the film has crossed this impressive threshold.
@THR @brielarson https://t.co/wkPqDi7YO8— Adrian Podilla (@Adrian Podilla)1554337068.0
@THR @brielarson https://t.co/2BmZaTddNg— Brendan Agnew (@Brendan Agnew)1554431122.0
@THR @brielarson Well deserved too!— Alistair McDowall (@Alistair McDowall)1554394916.0
@THR @brielarson https://t.co/TIPhUocoT8— Daria (@Daria)1554465612.0
@b_s_hernandez @THR @brielarson https://t.co/y1nNieIRHv— tired (@tired)1554341264.0
@THR @brielarson U go gurl😉 https://t.co/TZszHV7BkI— 🙏. (@🙏.)1554511912.0
Black Panther tops the list of highest grossing Marvel films.
Marvel also has eleven films on its "upcoming" roster, nine of which are as of yet untitled.
Aside from Avengers: Endgame, the other named upcoming film is Spider-Man: Far From Home.
@THR @brielarson Lets go @brielarson you r awesome now box office is glowing https://t.co/kexHwzZgbS— aMINE (@aMINE)1554509780.0
@THR @brielarson Yaaasss bb girl 💫— cathy (@cathy)1554477429.0
@THR @ArzuQaderi @brielarson Lovely— WaqarAslam(Vickey) (@WaqarAslam(Vickey))1554411055.0
@THR @CaptMarvelBR @brielarson Brie Larson right now: https://t.co/4YlMzqlPKo— karolis (@karolis)1554341310.0
@THR @CaptMarvelNews @brielarson All the way to the bank. https://t.co/kCA35hiYVC— Gary John Stout (@Gary John Stout)1554336639.0
Let's hope we see more of Carol Danvers across the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
*SPOILERS FOR SHAZAM!
The DC Comics superhero movie Shazam!, with an exclamation point, is on a strong trajectory to reach the $50 million mark by this weekend after an impressive debut.
That is a respectable box office estimate, according to Variety, given the fact that Warner Bros. produced Shazam! for $80 million, roughly half the cost of Wonder Woman and Aquaman.
Those who already made it to theaters saw Zachary Levi as the adult version of teenage foster child Billy Batson (played by Asher Angel) go head to head against his nemesis Doctor Thaddeus Bodog Sivana after discovering the power to transform into an adult superhero, named oddly enough Captain Marvel, by saying "Shazam!".
Yes, DC and Marvel comics both introduced a character named Captain Marvel. DC's version came out in December 1939. Marvel's was introduced in 1967.
But eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed the introduction of a gay superhero, albeit a temporary thing.
It's about time.
In the film, Captain Sparkle Fingers, aka Captain Marvel, aka Shazam, passes on his zapping powers to his foster siblings to help him take down the vengeful physicist.
You can see the Sparkle Fingers reference here.
SHAZAM! - Official Trailer 2 - Only In Theaters April 5 youtu.be
And Captain Marvel provides them all with the safest place to seek refuge – a strip club. While the seedy location sparks varying reactions from the other foster siblings, Pedro remains unfazed and simply utters, "Not my thing."
For some audience members, Pedro's line was enough to indicate he is not into women, clothed or otherwise.
#Shazam mild spoiler but did y’all clock when they left the strip club and pedro said “not my thing”?? I sense a gay icon!!!— cam (@cam)1553422163.0
@kindadead18 yES!! he’s one of us— Karim 🤴🏽 (@Karim 🤴🏽)1553424962.0
Uproxx said if that is indeed the case, Hollywood just introduced the first gay superhero in both the DC extended Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, once Pedro got his own lightning bolt.
Fans wanted to clarify if their instincts were right.
I saw #Shazam on Saturday & have thoughts; it was fun, campy & lighthearted, all the kids were great actors (especi… https://t.co/a3Ruji3UW6— Jeremy Baratheon (@Jeremy Baratheon)1553522022.0
It’s nice to know they are capable of making good superhero movies. It was goofy, but in a good fun way. Darla was… https://t.co/FEZw68ghW6— Señor Castro (@Señor Castro)1553393625.0
Shazam is kinda fun. Old style origin story, but good. I'm probably reading too much into this, but I think 1 of the kids might be gay.— Colin Gazeley (@Colin Gazeley)1554476039.0
Twitter said, "duh."
Pedro. Gay icon. #Shazam— Ronzieur Rouze (@Ronzieur Rouze)1554428708.0
we love pedro a gay icon— zuca SHAZAM (@zuca SHAZAM)1554401847.0
@lee_g_b pedro my gay latino baby.....sjdkwoeiaidke— luiz saw shazam! (@luiz saw shazam!)1554360790.0
pedro is gay confirmed, y’all know damn well why i say this. kez rights— kez saw shazam (@kez saw shazam)1554303242.0
Those with a finely-tuned gaydar picked up on a signal and said "yaas!"
Shazam! director David F. Sandberg and producer Peter Safran teased before the movie's premiere on April 5 that it may feature an LGBTQ+ hero.
Sandberg told Pink News:
"Don't want to put spoilers [out there] or anything … but I think you will see one sooner rather than later."
Mark Strong, who plays the nefarious Doctor Sivana, believes that the introduction of a gay hero is long past due.
"[I don't think we're] very far at all. Society is changing—people are becoming much more inclusive, they're becoming aware of people who have been excluded."
"The more the merrier, I say. I think it's time."
Marvel's production chief Victoria Alonso also announced that "the world is ready" for a gay superhero, but it looks as if Warner Brothers beat them to it with Pedro.
Shazam actually having their gay character come out on screen take some notes @MarvelStudios— kenzie 🏳️🌈 (@kenzie 🏳️🌈)1554495542.0
This year, the MCU featured its first female superhero with Captain Marvel, but Warner Brothers had Marvel beat with Wonder Woman in 2017.
Both studios have yet to feature a lead LGBT character in their films.