Captain Marvel TROLL backlash: Brie Larson comments addressed by Samuel L Jackson
In an interview last month, Larson cited a recent study indicating that – among all film critics – females and those from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds accounted for a very low percentage. As she vowed to help diversify those attending her own movie junkets, a handful of so-called “Marvel fans” vowed to boycott Captain Marvel – claiming that “Brie Larson hates white men”.
Now, speaking to IndieWire, Jackson – who also stars in the film – has had his say on her determination.
“It’s good that she did it, and it’s good that she said it, and I guess it made me more aware,” he said.
“I always feel like when I’m on junkets, I talk to a disproportionate amount of women, just because, you know, from other countries, from other outlets, there are, in my opinion, a ton of women that do it.
“I’ve never sat and counted how many dudes I saw in a day as opposed to the number of women. I always think that I see a lot women when I’m on junkets.
“This particular junket, I guess I’ve seen more women, I’m not sure, because I’m not used to making that judgment or estimation.”
He added of Larson: “It’s really wonderful that [Marvel] made a choice and she is that choice, because she is a strong online presence, a social media presence for women’s rights, and she advocates for women and young girls, and women around the world all the time.”
The pair are firm friends, having worked together in the past.
And in this film, Jackson’s Nick Fury is the one who perhaps spends the most time with Larson’s Carol Danvers.
The bizarre troll backlash resulted in Captain Marvel’s audience anticipation score on Rotten Tomatoes plummeting – but now the site has revamped its format so that the metric is displayed as an outright number rather than a percentage.
It worked: the film has a score of 21,913 on ‘Want to See’, around double the 10,846 for Avengers: Endgame.
Larson herself lightly revisited the issue in another recent interview.
Captain Marvel is out on March 8.