What may be a first for Marvel Studios is that their new Captain Marvel trailer is getting a lot of backlash from its fans, who normally eat anything up that is released by the MCU.
Fans have been pointing out on social networks that Brie Larson doesn't smile in the trailer and basically has the same look on her face throughout the footage, which has actually led to Brie Larson responding.
Brie Larson posted the following on her Instagram Story with images of the Marvel superheroes edited to include smiles:
Fans are also on the fence about the Captain Marvel character as some feel she will be a "Mary Sue" or a deus ex machina in The Avengers 4. Fans are afraid that Captain Marvel will save the day and steal the limelight away from the Avengers who have been a part of the MCU for the past ten years.
Likewise, some fans aren't happy the character has been described as the MCU's most powerful superhero, which would mean more powerful than the Hulk and Scarlet Witch (and possibly Thanos, though he is a villain).
I have even questioned if Marvel Studios is doing a big retcon with the character, and a big question that needs to be answered is why hasn't Fury called Captain Marvel for help before (such as during the Battle of New York in the first The Avengers??).
Interstingly enough, some of the "non-comic" fans are also questioning the trailer as they apparently didn't understand why Carol punched the old lady in the face (it's a darn and dirty shapeshifting Skrull!).
I also can't but help think of DC's Henry Cavill and Superman, which seems to be a similar complaint and possible situation, as a lot of fans weren't happy with the EMO approach Zack Snyder did with the character in Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman, which was then changed in Justice League rather drastically.
While fans have indeed been "voicing" their concerns, let us not forget this is Kevin Feige and the MCU we are talking about here, who have pretty much consistently put out a good product and made a majority of the fans happy. And even if you happen to be rather critical of some of the MCU films (count me in), you have to admit they are at the least entertaining (I recently watched Thor: Ragnarok for a second time and was able to dig it for the most part).
Check out some of the reactions to Captain Marvel on Twitter:
I agree, Captain Marvel needs to smile more, so she fits in with the rest of the universe pic.twitter.com/CAJ7MzUOxK— Jane Ritt (@heymermaid) September 19, 2018
The CAPTAIN MARVEL trailer has had two major criticisms:— Blake Northcott (@BlakeNorthcott) September 19, 2018
1. Old lady being punched
2. Brie Larson doesn't smile
My responses are 1, shut up and stop looking for things to be offended by, and 2, Brie is playing a stoic character trying to solve a personal mystery. (1/5)
#opinion: should #CaptainMarvel smile more? Our computer science and psychology students teamed up to show two versions of the new #Marvel trailer to lab apes: the normal version, and a version where Cap doesn’t smile. Our chimps vastly preferred her smile, and so should you! pic.twitter.com/IBTHXg58nW— The Harvard Opinion (@HarvardOpinion) September 23, 2018
Winter soldier is a brainswashed soldier who doesnt smile: everything’s fine.— MARK (@chrysaf_this) September 20, 2018
Captain marvel is a brainwashed soldier who doesnt smile: OMG WHY ISNT SHE HAPPY?????
Captain Marvel has a March 8, 2019 release directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and stars Academy Award winner Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.
Captain Marvel follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, the film is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.