The Marvels was one film that was supposed to be Brie Larson’s ticket to prove to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that she is rightfully the holder of the title of Captain Marvel. The film made disturbingly low numbers after it was advertised to be the saving grace of the franchise. Starring Larson alongside Iman Vellani and Teyonah Parris, the movie found itself juggling through a storyline not strong enough and foundations too slippery to rely on.
Despite the hype that was created and the many variations in which fans have been defending the film, there are reasons that cannot be ignored. Reasons that explain exactly why The Marvels did not work in ways many other films did. To begin with, it was not a failure just because it was a female-centric film.
The Problems that The Marvels Faced
One user on X (@WolfmansGotNard) briefly gave pointers regarding what led to the downfall of The Marvels. It was nowhere near a horrible movie, but it was far from a good movie as well. In the post, there were various points laid out. Each gives an example of the excuse that many of the film’s defendants gave away.
One such was the case of the film flopping because it had female leads. The film did not fail because it had female leads, proof of the same stands with Margot Robbie’s Barbie. The film screamed female empowerment yet it is one of the most successful movies out there.
“It’s because of Superhero fatigue” – Tell that to Guardians 3.
“It’s because it’s female-centric” – Tell that to Barbie.
“It’s because it was released during the strike” – Tell that to Five Nights at Freddy’s and more.
The real reason? It’s sh!t. https://t.co/z6OQGdJwPH
— Wolfman’s Got Nards (@WolfmansGotNard) November 19, 2023
Just as, there also happens to be the excuse of how the film came out in the midst of the Writers’ and Actors’ Strikes, making it a difficult complexity to even go watch it. However, the counter for the same stands with Five Nights at Freddy’s.
The film not only shined in between the strikes but also the fact that it was released on streaming and in cinemas at the same time. If a movie with such flexibility can outshine the MCU’s latest film, then there must clearly be an issue.
The Reign of Superhero Fatigue
There is no doubt that superhero fatigue exists. Despite it all, there are often shows and movies that manage to prevail. If that were a reason for the film’s failure, then how would it explain Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? Perhaps an even better example would be the second season of Loki. Both The Marvels and Tom Hiddleston’s show were running side by side, yet only one was liked by audiences.
There were many reasons why the movie failed to appease the audience. However, out of the aforementioned words, none seem to justify the reasoning. The movie had many things that were wrong. From the fact that there was a need to make not one but two characters likable to the fans to the plot being too vague to attract the audience.