“There wasn’t enough supervision on set”: Bob Iger Blaming Brie Larson’s The Marvels Bombing on the Pandemic Rather Than Bad Writing is a New Low

The Marvels' Failure Viewed Through Bob Iger's Comment

"There wasn't enough supervision on set": Bob Iger Blaming Brie Larson's The Marvels Bombing on the Pandemic Rather Than Bad Writing is a New Low

SUMMARY

  • Brie Larson's The Marvels had a disappointing first week at the box office, earning only $47 million.
  • Things got worse in the second week with a drop of 77.9% from its first week.
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger blamed poor supervision for the movie's bad performance at the box office.
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Brie Larson’s The Marvels had a disappointing first week at the box office as the film had a mere collection of $47 million. The second week of the film was equally disappointing as the film faced a massive drop of 77.9% in its second weekend, even worse than Morbius. The film has now become the biggest headache of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it continues the long list of films that have had a disappointing run in the theatres.

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Brie Larson as Captain Marvel in The Marvels
Brie Larson as Captain Marvel in The Marvels

The disappointing performance of the sequel has not gone unnoticed by Disney, the parent company of Marvel Entertainment as Bob Iger decided to comment on the film’s disappointing performance. The comments of the Disney CEO will not be taken in a good manner by Brie Larson’s fans as it shows a new low.

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Bob Iger’s Comments on Why Brie Larson’s The Marvel Tanked at The Box Office

The Marvels is the highly anticipated sequel to Brie Larson’s 2019 film, Captain Marvel, and the film has managed to gross only $47 million at the box office. The collection is a new low for a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, and it is far below the standards set by Marvel and Disney Studios. The disappointing string of performances has definitely got the people and big names talking.

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A still from The Marvels
A still from The Marvels

Though the film had a number of problems, one of the major problems that affected the film was the poor writing which led to some plotholes and flaws. Recently, Bob Iger commented on why the film performed and while many fans would believe that he would have acknowledged the flaws of the film, he tried to protect it with a poor excuse.

While talking to NYT DealBook Summit 2023 via The Verge, Iger blamed the company’s decision to choose quality over quantity, and that’s the exact reason for the poor performance of Brie Larson’s The Marvels.

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“The Marvels was shot during Covid, and there wasn’t enough supervision on set.” 

(L-R): Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, and Teyonah Parris as Captain Monica Rambeau in Marvel Studios' THE MARVELS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2023 MARVEL.
The Marvels

The comments were disappointing to listen to because instead of finding the shortcomings of the film, the executives and big names are giving excuses to cover their mistakes. However, Iger is right that Disney’s decision to focus on quantity over quality was wrong and is one of the factors that led to a poor run of MCU films in recent times.

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Samuel L. Jackson Protected Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel

After the release of Avengers: Infinity War there was a brief pause in the release of Avengers: Endgame in 2019. This interval was filled by Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, the film was a massive hit in the MCU as it grossed $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office. However, Brie Larson’s portrayal of the character was met with a mixed response as a small community of MCU fans showed hate for her role.

Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury
Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury

Samuel L. Jackson, who portrayed the role of Nick Fury was also a part of Captain Marvel. Looking at the negative response of the fanbase, he wasn’t happy. During an exclusive interview with Rolling Stones, he criticized the fans for not liking a female superhero, calling them misogynists. 

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“Brie’s a stronger person than people give her credit for. She’s not going to let any of that stuff destroy her. These incel dudes who hate strong women, or the fact that she’s a feminist who has an opinion and expressed it? Everybody wants people to be who they want them to be. She is who she is, and she’s genuinely that.”

Larson and L. Jackson were outstanding in the first film as their chemistry in the first film was outstanding and hats off to the Pulp Fiction actor for defending her co-star from the fans who showcased dislike to the actress.

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Written by Tushar Auddy

Tushar Auddy, Junior Content Writer. He has been in the entertainment industry for 3 years and is always on the lookout for a captivating story. He is a student of Linguistics and currently pursuing his Master's degree in the same field. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him capturing the beauty of language.