Tom is probably right that some of the “controversy” and review-bombing for Captain Marvel is just the same nonsense Wonder Woman had but with the agitators being even better at stirring up outrage than in 2017.
But Brie Larson specifically put herself in the crosshairs of these jerks by being a pretty cool person. I think a lot of the manufactured outrage was directed at the way she handled press, as explained in this interview with marie claire:
Keah Brown: I was thrilled you requested me to interview you. I thought, ‘This is game-changing’. It’s the biggest opportunity I’ve had. Nobody usually wants to take a chance on a disabled journalist. I’d love to know what your particular reasons were.
Brie Larson: About a year ago, I started paying attention to what my press days looked like and the critics reviewing movies, and noticed it appeared to be overwhelmingly white male. So, I spoke to Dr. Stacy Smith at the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, who put together a study to confirm that. Moving forward, I decided to make sure my press days were more inclusive. After speaking with you, the film critic Valerie Complex and a few other women of colour, it sounded like across the board they weren’t getting the same opportunities as others. When I talked to the facilities that weren’t providing it, they all had different excuses.
KB: And people don’t realise how vast the disabled community is. It isn’t just white men in wheelchairs. Some of us don’t use mobility aids, others use them part-time; some disabilities are visible, others are physical but invisible. I find it so hard to see people in this industry who look like me, so if I have any sort of visibility or notoriety, I can lift somebody else up.
BL: I want to go out of my way to connect the dots. It just took me using the power that I’ve been given now as Captain Marvel. [The role] comes with all these privileges and powers that make me feel uncomfortable because I don’t really need them.
The idiots online really latched on to this, and also went back to remarks Larson made about A Wrinkle In Time:
The Oscar award-winning actress advocated for more diversity during a speech given at Wednesday night’s Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards in Los Angeles by citing data from USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. According to the study, in 2017, only 2.5% of top critics were women of color, while 80% of film critics who reviewed the year’s top box-office movies were male. To highlight her point, Larson referenced A Wrinkle in Time ‘s critical reception.
“I don’t need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work about A Wrinkle in Time ,” Larson said. “It wasn’t made for him! I want to know what it meant to women of color, biracial women, to teen women of color.”
Larson elaborated on this point, saying that it wasn’t about excluding white men, but including those who have historically been marginalized.
“Am I saying I hate white dudes? No, I am not. What I am saying is if you make a movie that is a love letter to women of color, there is an insanely low chance a woman of color will have a chance to see your movie, and review your movie.”
(Article at Time)
So basically the fragile egos and people who feed off outrage online really latched onto these aspects of Brie Larson’s relationship with the film critics and the press and through both the intentional and accidental misrepresentation the internet is prone to, you end up with people convinced Brie Larson told them Captain Marvel wasn’t for white guys.
I think that all played a big part in the failed attempt to review-bomb and tank the box office.