Brie Larson's The Marvels is being met with a negative response on social media.
Brie Larson is back as Captain Marvel, but fans are uneager to see her upcoming return in The Marvels. We asked fans on Twitter if they were excited to see the new Marvel film after its first trailer dropped yesterday. A whopping 40.1% of fans who responded to the poll said “No.”
That jaw-dropping total weighed against 35.6% who replied “Yes,” and several others who were undecided after Marvel released a first look at the movie. The trailer features Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel, and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, three women whose superpowers are mysteriously intertwined.
Each time one of the heroes uses their powers, they instantly trade places with one of the others, launching them across space in a rather inconvenient fashion. The power entanglement forces the women to work together to stop the villainous Dar-Benn, played by Zawe Ashton.
The movie also includes Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, but even with its star power (and a killer track from the Beastie Boys), the trailer failed to impress. The widespread disinterest in the movie could spell disaster for Brie Larson and the entire MCU franchise.
Superhero fatigue is real, and our Twitter poll provides the latest numbers to prove it. Marvel’s massive increase in output, behind-the-scenes drama, and declining quality has eroded the MCU fan base since Avengers: Endgame in 2019. Marvel has had some hits along the way, but the past four years have been rocky for the once-solid franchise.
The Marvels trailer hit a new low. Record-setting dislikes have plagued the teaser for the Brie Larson movie on YouTube. Following the lukewarm reception of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and the legal struggles of Marvel’s arch-villain actor Jonathan Majors, Marvel fans appear to be approaching the breaking point.
The Marvels also carries the burden of controversy. In December, actor Mohan Kapur, who plays the father of Ms. Marvel in the film, was accused of sexually harassing a minor. The allegations, detailed by The Direct, have not been followed up publicly, but the actor’s appearance alongside Brie Larson in the trailer for The Marvels was enough to upset several fans.
The Marvels is scheduled for release on November 10, 2023. Between now and then, Marvel is also set to release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in May, Secret Invasion in June, Loki Season 2, and Echo on undisclosed dates. The projects leading up to The Marvels could be critical to getting fans back aboard the ship before the Brie Larson movie launches.
Beyond 2023, Marvel has already made enormous investments in its future. A packed slate of movies and TV shows is already on the way from the studio. New data suggesting a decrease in interest in superhero movies has Marvel and Disney shuffling the deck and shifting strategies.
Tumult behind the scenes at Marvel and changing tides in the industry and broader economy are putting question marks on the once-certain future of the MCU. 2023 may prove to be a pivotal year for the franchise. If superhero movies are in trouble, Brie Larson and the rest of the Marvels will be in for a bigger battle than they bargained for when their new movie hits theaters this November.