Captain Marvel criticism, yet another sign of sexism

Category:  Opinions
Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 5:24 PM

As a young girl growing up in the early 2000s, I looked to comic books as an inspiration in becoming the woman I have always wanted to be. But it wasn’t until very recently that we had seen one of these heroes make an impact on popular culture as we know it. “Captain Marvel” is one of those films. And as has been the case for decades, people have serious issues when a strong woman comes to the forefront.

It started with the set photos of Brie Larson in her Captain Marvel suit and continued after the first trailer was released. One of the biggest complaints was that she “didn’t smile enough.”

There is an argument about gender equality to be had here. Note that the other male actors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were not instructed to “smile more,” in fact, they were given critical acclaim for their performances, smiling or not.

There was also an issue where people, reportedly middle-aged men, wrote hundreds of negative reviews for the film on Rotten Tomatoes well before its release.

Larson herself took to social media to voice her opinions on these issues, and showed “internet trolls” just how ridiculous they sound. She also made it a point to demand diversity in the group of reporters that interviewed her for the film, which was a very bold move that we need to see more of. Larson is concerned with giving everyone a fair shot, which is very admirable of her.

With that being said, Captain Marvel and its heavy feminist themes are just what we needed, but it was a long time coming. The film is very well done, near the top of my list for best superhero films to date. But I believe we should have seen this kind of equality a long time ago.

Rhiannon Pushchak | edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

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