Captain Marvel: The Problem With Marvel’s Female Lead

There are two kinds of people in this world. The ones who clicked on this article because they hate Captain Marvel and want their opinions validated. And then there are the ones who clicked because they saw it and went “And what the hell is this guys problem?” Well, let me tell you: Absolutely nothing. Both camps of people are going to get something entirely different out of this article than they were expecting. So what is my problem with Captain Marvel?

Absolutely nothing. I love Captain Marvel, she has a rich and interesting comic book history. Her comic book history was utilized to give inspiration to a new, unique origin story that fit into the MCU. Her movie was a strong entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has been set-up to be a huge part of the franchise in the years to come. But do you want to know what the real problem with Captain Marvel is?

The Real Problem With Captain Marvel

The real problem with Captain Marvel

Again, there are two kinds of people. Those who hate Captain Marvel and take every opportunity to let the world know that they can’t stand the female powerhouse she is. And those who like Captain Marvel and can’t wait to see what the MCU has in store for her. And then there are those who think the character is okay but has been sorely underutilized in the MCU with her appearance in Avengers: Endgame being chalked up to an dues ex machina. Then there are those who clearly don’t know how to count.

Captain Marvel’s Problem Is “Fan” Reaction

It takes just a few minutes on the internet to find some very upset individuals deriding the inclusion of Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Take a look at any comments section of Facebook regarding the heroine. You’ll be quick to find several comments about how horrible the character is. Now it’s easy to typically disregard this comments as being misogynistic, sexist, and the result of a sad man with access to a keyboard.

Captain Marvel Hates Men

However, that’s just scratching the surface of the fan reaction to Carol Danvers. Sure there are those few, loud voices who are exactly what I described above. They retort that Ms. Danvers is pushing a feminist agenda, that she doesn’t have an ass (and therefore can’t be a superhero???), that Brie Larson should be erased from the face of the universe, and that Captain Marvel is a “man-hating” unwelcome addition. And much of this hate stems from the fact that we live in a social media era where people jump to conclusions that are spoonfed to them rather than thinking for themselves.

What made Brie Larson a “man-hater”?

Captain Marvel, and the star Brie Larson who gave life to the character, were painted as “anti-man” and without looking into what garnered her that status, “fans” immediately attempted to boycott the film. The nearly 1.2 billion dollars the movie garnered is proof that boycott failed. Larson was simply utilizing her platform as a prominent actress to highlight the disparities in Hollywood that are a result of the fact that white men are in very powerful positions.

Brie Larson Suits Up in Avengers: Endgame

And this is true. Look at the top directors, the most profitable actors, the executive producers, and others in Hollywood who are able to use their wealth and power to remain wealthy and powerful. While directors like Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Reverant), and Guillermo del Toro (Shape of Water) made history with their nominations and respective wins at the Academy Awards in just the last couple years. Minority directors and actors are just now being recognized in a greater capacity for the outstanding work they do.

Female actors still don’t make as much as their male counterparts despite drawing large crowds and hundreds of millions of dollars to the box office. These are disparities that need to be recognized. I’m sure the comment section of this article will be full of angry fanboys who call me a “Social Justice Warrior” for agreeing with man-hater Brie Larson that change is being made in Hollywood, but more change still needs to happen.

The Other Problem With Captain Marvel

Now that we’ve addressed the #haters, let’s address a valid problem some people have with Captain Marvel. She was hyped as this huge, monumental figure that would change the face of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. She was teased in the end-credits scene in Avengers: Infinity War and she had her first solo outing just months before Avengers: Endgame was released. All signs pointed to Captain Marvel being the key to defeating Thanos…and then she wasn’t.

Captain Marvel and Thanos

People were disappointed with how the character was handled and how little screen time she ended up receiving. She saved Tony Stark and Nebula and then disappeared again just to show up at the final battle and not really do much. (Aside from destroying the entirety of Thanos armada and saving all of the Avengers). So what gives? Why did Marvel make such a big deal about her just for her to make cameo-esque appearances?

The Solution: Patience

Marvel Phase 4

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is far from over and we have a long way to go to see what the future holds. Endgame was the end for the current iteration of the Avengers. The end for Tony Stark and Steve Rogers’ Captain America. It was about finishing the Infinity Saga in a compelling way. It was about setting the foundation for the new Avengers to come into their own later down the road.

So what is the fix to the Captain Marvel problem? Patience. We have a lot more to see of her and her story is far from over. So let’s be patient and wait to see what her future holds. Endgame wasn’t about her. You can bet your socks that the future of the Avengers is in very capable hands.

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