The trailer for The Marvels has received the highest amount of dislikes among all the trailers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on YouTube. This indicates that Marvel needs to take additional measures for its upcoming Captain Marvel sequel to address the adverse reaction.
The negative response to The Marvels trailer suggests that the Marvel Cinematic Universe needs to catch up in its efforts to produce a successful sequel to Captain Marvel. The upcoming film has the daunting task of living up to the high standards set by its predecessor, which earned over $1.1 billion globally after its release in 2019.
The storyline of The Marvels continues to follow the journey of Carol Danvers, played by Brie Larson, as she is now joined by Monica Rambeau, portrayed by Teyonah Parris, who is the daughter of Carol’s best friend Maria, along with Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel, completing the cast of superheroes for The Marvels.
The Marvels is a unique addition to the franchise as it brings together three characters who have played significant roles in the legacy of Captain Marvel in the comics. The decision to move from a solo movie to a team-up sequel is an exciting change, although it is not unprecedented in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The recently released first trailer for The Marvels offers a glimpse into the challenges faced by the trio of lead characters in the sequel. However, the biggest challenge for The Marvels will be the same one that Captain Marvel faced – the negativity and hostility from certain online users, despite its commercial success.
The Reasons Behind The Marvels Trailer Backlash
The early negative response to The Marvels is due to a record-breaking amount of dislikes that the trailer has received on YouTube. Although The Marvels’ trailer does not have the highest number of dislikes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on YouTube, as that distinction goes to She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, a Disney+ series that has received 554,000 dislikes, the difference between the number of likes and dislikes sets The Marvels apart.
Unlike She-Hulk, which has a positive count due to its 786,000 likes, The Marvels has received 468,000 dislikes against 444,000 likes, making it the most disliked MCU trailer on YouTube.
The release of The Marvels trailer has caused a significant stir among fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with many expressing their disappointment and frustration with what they saw. The trailer’s debut has resulted in a wave of negative feedback from fans who were eagerly anticipating the next chapter in the franchise.
The adverse reactions have sparked a heated debate online about the direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and have raised concerns about the upcoming movie’s success. Many were disappointed, feeling that the trailer fell short of their expectations.
But the criticism didn’t end there. Some fans accused Brie Larson, who plays the role of Captain Marvel, of targeting them with her portrayal in the trailer.
The trailer’s tone is one of the primary reasons for fans’ disappointment, as many believe that it is excessively frenetic and strives too much to be entertaining, negatively impacting the plot and characters. The underdeveloped characters and the trailer’s unimpressive tone have caused fans to feel dissatisfied and disheartened.
Even though the claims that Brie Larson intentionally attacked fans through her performance in the trailer are baseless, they have caused a significant amount of commotion on the internet.
Fans have utilized social media to voice their discontent and exasperation with the trailer, resulting in a heated discussion about the trajectory of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Brie Larson and Captain Marvel Received Backlash In 2019
Regrettably, this level of online hate is a familiar experience for the Captain Marvel series or its leading actress. In 2019, the initial Captain Marvel film received unprecedented hostility, mainly due to it being the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie with a female protagonist.
Larson faced numerous derogatory remarks, which continued throughout the entire theatrical release of Captain Marvel. Her character was frequently labeled as a “Mary Sue” solely for being powerful and displaying self-assurance. This trait never posed an issue for Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Iron Man, who was popular among fans.
The Marvels’ predicament may be even more concerning than that of Captain Marvel due to the current state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU just completed Phase 4, which is generally perceived by both audiences and critics as the franchise’s most flawed phase yet.
Phase 5 was intended to rectify the MCU’s course; however, its first entry, Ant-Man, and the Wasp: Quantumania introduced Kang the Conqueror as the new primary antagonist to unimpressive outcomes.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was poorly received by critics and had lackluster visual effects, making it one of the worst-reviewed films in the MCU. Additionally, it performed poorly at the box office, becoming the lowest-grossing Ant-Man movie.
With the MCU facing difficulties and in a state of disarray, online trolls who previously criticized Captain Marvel could use the current state of the franchise to justify their hate towards the female-led franchise. The backlash against The Marvels first trailer suggests a new wave of hate could be brewing.
How Marvel Studios Can Counter Backlash Against The Marvels
Protecting The Marvels cast from a potential backlash directed at the franchise is crucial for Marvel Studios. The current state of the MCU could exacerbate the situation for the movie’s leads, given the substantial difference in reaction between the original Captain Marvel trailer and The Marvels’ current situation.
Marvel Studios must proactively address the matter and provide better support for the movie’s stars than Larson received during Captain Marvel’s theatrical run.
Several MCU stars’ support given to Chris Pratt during a previous social media controversy was not extended to Brie Larson during the Captain Marvel backlash. While Don Cheadle and Clark Gregg spoke out in defense of Larson, the cast of The Marvels deserves more support from their fellow MCU talent.
It is hoped that not only will the actors rally to defend the trio of leads from unwarranted hate but that Marvel Studios will also take action and publicly denounce the hate campaign emerging against The Marvels, having learned from the Captain Marvel situation.