After Larson had expressed a desire for greater diversity representation for her film's press coverage, trolls had begun leaving negative reviews for the Marvel Cinematic Universe film on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, two weeks before its wide release. As a result, the film is currently the lowest-rated MCU film on the website.
Here’s @ZacharyLevi asking fans to stop piting #CaptainMarvel and #Shazam against each other, because IT ISN’T HELPING ANYONE. He’s also calling out the fake reviews and fabricated/defamatory posts about @brielarson. —It’s time for those people to really listen. pic.twitter.com/SzL0iowj5T— 𝓪𝓁𝒾𝒶𝓈 (@itsjustanx) February 24, 2019
"I just found this out last night, and for anyone out there who thinks you’re doing me a favor, you’re doing Shazam! a favor, or you’re doing Warner Bros., you’re not," declared Levi. "This is not helping anyone or anything.”
Later in the week, Larson had clarified her earlier comments that she intended more marginalized voices to be included, not at the expense of established press reporters though the online trolling has since continued.
"This is really low blow type of stuff to be going and lying, first of all, you know, is just the bottom of the barrel to me," Levi continued. "But to be lying in an attempt to discredit or defame somebody, I think is just really sad."
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Mar-Vell, 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 and Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau. The film arrives on March 8.
Arriving April 5, director David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as the ancient wizard Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vásquez and Marta Milans as Rosa Vásquez.