'The Marvels' Director Is Already Bracing For Trolls: "I'm Just Girding Myself For It"

When it was released, “Captain Marvel” surprised everyone in a couple of big ways. First, it earned more than $1 billion, which is massive, especially for a female-led superhero film. Unfortunately, it was also shocking to see just how much hate was thrown at the movie, especially at its star, Brie Larson, from the darkest corners of fandom. The hate seemed to stem from guys being upset with Larson’s outspoken feminism. The film was review bombed (really becoming the poster child for that sort of hate-fueled campaign), and to this day, there are people who still wish ill upon Larson. So, needless to say, the people involved with “The Marvels,” the sequel to “Captain Marvel,” are fully expecting the worst. 

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In a new interview with Vanity Fair, filmmaker Nia DaCosta, the director of the upcoming superhero film, “The Marvels,” talks about how she is preparing from the guaranteed backlash her film is going to have from the same people who campaigned against “Captain Marvel.” Not only does “The Marvels” feature the return of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, but it features two other female characters, Photon (Teyonah Parris) and Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani). Basically, for those guys who hated “Captain Marvel,” there is so much more to get triggered by. 

“I’m just girding myself for it,” DaCosta said. “I am a sensitive soul, and I think maybe more of us are than we want to admit.”

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To help prepare, DaCosta has all but left social media. You have to assume the three stars of the film are expecting similar responses. Honestly, it’ll be really interesting to see how “The Marvels” is received by audiences. Marvel Studios is in need of a non-‘Guardians’ hit, as the studio’s most recent films and TV series haven’t been as beloved as people expected. Not only that, “The Marvels” has a lot going for it, as a sequel to not only “Captain Marvel” but also “WandaVision” and “Ms. Marvel,” two TV series that were well-received by fandom. However, if the trolls come out in full force, the conversation could change quite a bit, as people will focus on the “controversy” and less on the content of the film. We shall see.

Of course, there is the whole SAG strike going on right now, which is limiting the marketing that Larson, Parris, and Vellani can do for “The Marvels.” So, if that keeps up, maybe there won’t be anything the trolls can be triggered by? 

“The Marvels” is expected to arrive in theaters on November 10.