In the lead-up to Captain Marvel's release this past March, toxic elements of the fandom flooded user-based review aggregate sites with negative reviews fueld by potential social commentary in the film, its female lead Brie Larson, and the notion that it was forcing diversity onto the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Nevertheless, Larson herself had no idea that such targeted campaigns against the film were taking place, including YouTube videos by toxic fans lambasting Captain Marvel weeks before its release. Admitting she "didn't even know," Larson was focused on her own life and career moving forward.
"I don’t have time for it, you know?" Larson told Variety. "The things that I have extra time to really look at are, like: Am I eating healthy food? Am I drinking water? Am I meditating? Have I called my mom today?"
Larson revealed she had taken the role to create a symbol for modern audiences but, once she completed filming for the superhero movie, she felt the final product had left her to become an experience for audiences to enjoy, much like her other work.
"Once I’m done on set filming, and then especially when the movie’s out, I am here to allow people to know that there’s an experience they can have access to if they want, but it’s not mine anymore," she explained. "Captain Marvel’s definitely not mine anymore. And it makes me so thrilled that it’s beyond me. It wasn’t until I actually had the action figure in my hand that I was, like, 'Whoa! Kids can now be on the floor, and Captain Marvel can have unlimited experiences.'"
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence. The film is now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD.