One, let’s make this very clear: no one hated Captain Marvel because she’s a woman. People took issue with Brie Larson’s comments about “not hating white dudes” but that white dude’s opinions don’t matter because certain films aren’t made “for them.” This is ludicrous. Films are made for everyone to enjoy. Some of the films I love the most have female leads, and I can relate to them more than the men. We all use our experiences as a gateway toward understanding. That’s called empathy my friends (I know, I’m a trained clinical mental health counselor.) ““There are people who get very bent out of shape about the fact that she’s a woman, and that Brie’s a woman and wants to see women moving into an equal place in humanity to men. It must be sad to be that kind of dinosaur wandering toward the tar pits.” Clark Gregg recently came out in an interview with the Nerdist and had some harsh words for the “butthurt haters”, which is actually a complete myth. The Nerdist also continues to perpetuate the misrepresentation that Captain Marvel was being review bombed before release. This is not true. People simply stated if they were interested or not; there were no actual reviews, and most of it was a backlash towards Brie Larson’s ridiculous comments. There was no organized boycott, the film has done very well (despite, from all accounts, it being one of the weaker Marvel films), and while fan reviews are a bit mixed (not because Captain Marvel is a woman), it’s an enjoyable popcorn flick. Carol Danvers is actually one of the weaker characters in the Marvel Universe, which is also why some were skeptical. The film’s marketing didn’t do it any favors either, as it pandered to the social justice crowd (who are a minority) and alienated people with common sense. Clark Gregg is an incredible actor. I respect his work immensely. But this is exactly what we saw with The Last Jedi. If you don’t like a film and have legitimate gripes that have nothing to do with diversity, you’re automatically labeled a bigot. I’ll be frank. This is disgusting and an ongoing issue in the current culture war we find ourselves in today. What’s even more hilarious is that while media outlets like The Nerdist and Screenrant were so quick to say that Captain Marvel was being review bombed pre-release, it’s…surprise…not being review bombed! The critics and moviegoers generally agree, with a sample population of roughly 60,000 from moviegoers, which gives it more validity than what critics have to say with a sample of a few hundred reviews. I respect Clark Gregg’s work, but he is completely off the mark with regards to this issue. It doesn’t help when you have media outlets help perpetuate this false narrative simply to push their social agenda. When it comes down to it though, Brie Larson just isn’t a likeable person, and that’s why there was such a backlash against the film initially.