Brie Larson Responded Perfectly to Jerks Who Said Captain Marvel Should Smile More
Despite all the things in the world I’ve seen, I still can’t believe that Captain Marvel not smiling in an action movie trailer was something that would not only bring out the trolls, but would become one of the biggest of the silly hot takes coming out of the trailer.
After the trailer for Captain Marvel was released, some dude on the internet decided to “fix” some images of Carol by using an app to contort her face into a smile, because what reason could women possibly have for not smiling at all times?
— Turd Flinging Monkey (@TFMonkeyYouTube) September 18, 2018
The person in question is an MRA bro, and the reason that this got so much attention, in addition to being just terrible, is because men telling women to smile is an age-old harassment issue that almost every single woman has dealt with, and apparently, even when people have the powers of a near-god being, they must still deal with it.
Oscar winner Brie Larson, who plays Marvel’s mightiest hero in the upcoming movie, took to Instagram stories, reposting posters of the MCU’s male heroes (originally posted by Twitter user Jane Ritt), with their faces edited into smiles that look horrible because of course they would. Why would they be smiling? These are action films.
According to Uproxx, Larson wrote, “Breaking news: You can be you. That means you can smile or not. You can be strong in the ways you want to be. You can own who you are. If anyone tells you different don’t trust them.”
I still can’t believe this became a thing. Nor I can believe all of the really bad takes that have come out of the trailer for this movie. So many people have questions about why Carol would punch out an old lady. Even if you don’t know what a Skrull is, haven’t we all seen Men in Black and have learned that aliens sometimes take innocent forms to confuse people? It’s not rocket science. It’s never really a sweet old lady.
And then someone “pointed out” that Carol has less spoken lines in the trailer than Nick Fury, who is narrating the trailer, and it was just a collective sigh heard from WOC Twitter across the land.
In the first Captain Marvel trailer, Samuel L. Jackson’s character has 67 words. Brie Larson’s character, i.e. Captain Marvel, has 33.
Come on, Marvel. https://t.co/vsqZlvv9Z8
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) September 18, 2018
I get it; the Captain Marvel trailer was soooo good that people are really reaching to find something of consequence to say about it, but with nothing really to pick apart yet, how about we focus on the important things? Mainly, that Gemma Chan and Lashana Lynch are in this movie.
That means more women of color in the MCU, and since Lashana Lynch is playing Maria “Photon” Rambeau, mother of Monica Rambeau, we have the chance to see Monica Rambeau’s version of Captain Marvel/Photon in the future.
Captain Marvel is going to launch a new phase in this crazy Marvel world, and that’s exciting—more exciting and important than these banal hot takes and mediocre trolling.
(via Uproxx, image: Marvel)
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