In short, there's so much to love in Captain Marvel - including a mid-credits sting that nicely sets up the next Avengers movies, now just seven weeks away - that it's nigh impossible to hate the movie, despite its many flaws.
Not only has Larson made highly divisive gender and race based comments, but she's also referred to the film as her "form of activism".
Listen. Press circuits for big-budget superhero movies are gruelling trips around the world in which actors are asked the same 10 or so questions literally hundreds, and they're expected to breeze through it all as if it's not incredibly exhausting.
In a review headed with the words "It's no Black Panther", he accuses Captain Marvel of "unimaginative plotting, cut-rate villains [and] a bland visual style".
The former U.S. Navy intelligence officer says Hollywood - which is overwhelmingly left-wing - needs to stop inserting divisive SJW (Social Justice Warrior) polemic into movies and TV shows.
Currently, the two Marvel movies Captain Marvel as well as Avengers: Endgame have been creating a lot of speculations among the audiences. There's a whole sequence of Carol and her best friend Maria (Lashana Lynch) that feels like a gender-swapped Top Gun, and I know that is a line that could outrage plenty of you, but I don't care, because I didn't even know I had a lady-aviator-sized hole in my heart before, but now it is filled. But unlike "Guardians of the Galaxy", which uses 1980s music as a narrow strand of nostalgia tying its protagonist to his faraway origins on Earth, there were actual developments happening in 1990s America directly relevant to the ostensible themes of "Captain Marvel".
Women aren't stupid. We know when a movie isn't good.
Larson has since doubled-down on her stance.
"But I'm not like them!" you'll say, if you leave the theater less than impressed by the film. Thrilling because she actually went up in a F-16.
DC may have had the first-mover advantage with 'Wonder Woman", but "Captain Marvel' will benefit from the changing gender politics and probably carry the momentum forward for "Wonder Woman: 1984'".
Focusing the need for greater female visibility (both behind and in front of cameras) around a single day also runs the risk of women's participation becoming a "special" or unusual event rather than something so equal that it becomes commonplace and unremarkable. However, Universal's Best Picture Oscar victor Green Book could secure the spot if it can hold on better than a -30% dip, which would now give it a weekend around $3.2 million for a domestic cume topping $80 million after it recently topped $200 million worldwide. But what helps the film most is Larson's earnestness as the new hero on the horizon, who is capable of taking on Thanos in "Endgame".
In fact, Captain Marvel works right up to the point where it doesn't. "It stars a strong female without all the SJW bullsh*t".