Captain Marvel comes out in less than 2 weeks and it’s really not far away from the day when the official Critical Embargo lifts. But it does seem that whatever the critical consensus is going to be, it won’t really matter as the audience is already raising their voice about not being “Interested” in the film at all. Captain Marvel was supposed to be this beacon, this stoic figure for young girls to look at and be inspired from, but none of that is really happening.
Apparently, whatever Brie Larson spoke about not caring about the opinion of the “White Males” at all is clearly coming back to haunt this Disney project! Marvel plans her to take the lead in the next Phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but things are really pointing towards a very shaky start. People have been agitated about the “Sexist” and “Racist” comments towards white males, and now people are responding to it.
Honestly, I think that the narrative is being stretched a little far, but apparently, Larson is getting a lot of heat and people are not keeping quiet. Various Youtubers have been talking about not wanting to watch this film just because of what Brie Larson has been saying about the audience that Marvel generally caters to. So, this is actually getting traction and the proof is the Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes which has apparently been taken over by John Cena.
Rotten Tomatoes has actually become a benchmark for movies these days as they put out the Percentage of Critics that actually like a particular film. So, the score they give out on many occasions is one to make or break a particular film. It works more so when things are about Superhero movies. Marvel usually produces amazing movies and every movie offers a unique element to the audience which they’ve grown very fond of.
But it seems that things won’t work so great for Marvel this time around. Along with the critics’ score, there is also the Audience Score, which shows whether the movie going audience of Rotten Tomatoes is interested in a movie or not. The Audience Score allows people to give their opinion about whether they want an upcoming movie or not. It is usually in the lower 80s to the higher 90s for all the Superhero movies as people are really optimistic about what they have to offer.
It is currently as high as 98% for Avengers: Endgame, and has been 70% and above for all the MCU movies. Captain Marvel’s Audience score originally began at 96% with all the people being optimistic and interested in what the movie has to offer. But Brie Larson’s comments have really caused a menace as the score just kept on dropping with people clicking the “Not Interested Button” regularly. With that trend, the score just kept getting lower, and it went as low as 27%.
People were predicting how low the score could go, and the debate was about 20%-15%. But now, we wouldn’t know as for the first time, Rotten Tomatoes has actually removed the Audience Score for good. Now, this is insane! Can you imagine that an MCU movie which is coming off of Infinity War, and has to lead us right into Avengers: Endgame is getting a whole lot of negative traction which no one would have wanted.
Even though everyone tried to be positive about it at first, but we always knew that there was something off about this film. The reactions begged to differ as everyone who has seen this film has claimed to be a complete surprise package. So in my opinion, the negative publicity surrounding Brie Larson is actually going to harm what looks to be a great movie. So, for people wanting to boycott the film, I’d just wanna say that a lot of people have worked really hard upon it, and all that hard work shouldn’t go down because of One Person. Even though she is in the lead, but still.
Captain Marvel is tracking $120 Million for its opening weekend, but if this continues then the movie might not have strong legs going into rest of its Box Office run. The goodness of the movie might bring people in, but things sure seem to be pointing the other way. Commercially, it will still be profitable without a doubt, but people have proven that they can raise their voice and really can make or break a film!