Review-Bombing is a term used when fans give negative reviews to a film, game, or show even before it is released. Marvel’s Eternals has become the latest target of such fan backlash.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, which is yet to be released, has suffered a serious case of review-bombing. The fans complain that the movie is too “woke” and is the typical Hollywood politically correct projects that come up these days. The movie apparently makes way too much of a deal about its LGBTQ representation but does not stick to the comic book source material. Most of the IMDb reviews have since been taken down but the damage seems to be done. Eternals has become the lowest rated MCU movie to ever exist.
The Suicide Squad
While the DCEU seems to be in dire straits already, movies lik James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad are its last hope. But it turns out the biggest enemies to DC are its fans. Snyder Fans in particular have spared no chance at spraying vitriol at the movie. They tried review-bombing the movie even before its release. The reason was that the movie’s tone did not sit well with the darker theme of the DCEU. Luckily it was too little to count.
The 2016 movie was a love triangle set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire. The movie showcased a massive atrocity committed by the ottomans in Armenia – the Armenian Genocide. Many fake reviewers who had not even seen the movie review-bombed The Promise in IMDb. Producers and even the Director later confirmed that most of the negative reviews came from the Armenian genocide deniers. Commentators even claimed the negative reviews were why the movie bombed.
Captain Marvel was set to become one of the most beloved movies to ever exist. It had everything in place. But Brie Larson jumped the gun, and her misandrist opinions really took a toll on the movie’s public image. As a result, many fans review-bombed Captain Marvel. She was set to become the new Iron Man of the MCU. Because she couldn’t hold her extremist views to herself, Captain Marvel is probably never getting another solo movie in the MCU.
The Last Jedi
One of the most divisive and polarizing movies ever in Hollywood history, Star Wars: The Last Jedi left much to be desired for. Many praised the movie for its experimental take on the Skywalker saga. But many others, who formed the vast majority, did not like the movie. Some also claimed the movie propagated a very potent and rather unnecessary “SJW” vibe. While criticisms like racial diversity and female representation should not be taken seriously, we agree with the SJW tone in the Star wars sequel trilogy. That was not needed.
Ghostbusters is a beloved film franchise. When a studio is trying to milk a franchise many people grew up watching, they should be a bit careful. Ghostbusters threw all care into the wind when the 2016 movie announced it will have an all-female cast. That did not sit well with fans. The online user backlash was enormous, which eventually tanked the movie. A better approach would have been having a mix of male and female lead characters.
The 2021 movie was directed by popular singer Sia. She also wrote the screenplay for the film. The story was about a former drug dealer who becomes the guardian of her autistic sister Music. Most of the controversies centered around the movie’s depiction of autism. Maddie Ziegler, a neurotypical person, portraying autism in the movie was not taken lightly by new generation fans. The movie was nominated later for multiple Golden Raspberry awards.
The Boys is a series literally every fan of the superhero genre must be familiar with. A dark, funny, and bleak show, The Boys is an Amazon prime original. But the second season of The Boys was met with some fan backlash. The reason was Amazon releasing The Boys Season 2 in an episodic format rather than all at once like they used to before. The negative ratings were given on the Amazon Prime platform.
The 2020 Netflix series has become one of the most watched shows on the platform. But the series was not without its fair share of unhappy fans spilling hatred. Most of the hatred seemed to be against the series hiring a Black lead in a period drama. Actor Nicola Coughlan later trolled the haters when the series did become a hit.
Masters Of The Universe: Revelation
The Kevin Smith animated series was met with intense fan backlash after the series killed off primary characters liked He-Man and Skeletor in the very first episode. While the twist did allow for Teela, a female character to take the lead, the fact that it was done at the expense of well-known characters was not something fans could forgive.