Brie Larson had the perfect response for people who want Captain Marvel to smile more
For the first time ever, Marvel is releasing a female-led superhero movie. It stars Brie Larson as Captain Marvel and looks like a fierce, action packed good time. Of course, people on Twitter have tried to ruin this thrilling moment by complaining that Captain Marvel doesn’t smile enough (yup, Twitter is literally a trash fire).
Larson swooped in like the real-life superhero she is and offered up the best response.
It all started with men getting mad that Captain Marvel didn’t look happy enough in the movie trailer (yup, even ass-kicking, time-traveling Captain Marvel isn’t immune to ridiculous double standards). Some went as far as to suggest that Larson wasn’t excited about being in the movie because she was straight-faced.
I guess it doesn’t quite occur to them that MAYBE she’s straight-faced because she’s pretty busy saving the world and has a lot on her plate. Sorry you guys are so threatened and confused by a woman who isn’t all smiles and sunshine.
The whole time her face looks like she’s going to a relatives wake and her powers look like they just got back from the CW. I’m good.https://t.co/q1tOp8wKpb
— Mr. Sikks (@WSikks) September 18, 2018
— Brett R. Smith (@BrettRSmith76) September 18, 2018
One Twitter user decided to literally photoshop a smile onto Larson’s face. Yup. Someone actually took time out of their day to digitally alter a smile onto her face because he was so bummed that Larson is not a cheerful, approachable female superhero. I bet he was just as pissed that Chris Evans wasn’t smiley in any of his superhero movie trailers.
Larson caught wind of this whole thing and responded by photoshopping smiles onto the faces of male superheroes. Up first: Grinning Iron Man.
And Dr. Strange Smile.
Oh and doesn’t Captain America looks so much better now that he’s showing some teeth?
“Breaking news: You can be you. That means you can smile or not,” she wrote in her story. “You can be strong in the ways you want to be. You can own who you are. If anyone tells you different don’t trust them.”
Yes, Captain Marvel, YES.
The rest of the (emotionally intelligent) internet quickly applauded Larson and added their own two cents about the whole repulsive “smile more” phenomenon.
The CAPTAIN MARVEL trailer has had two major criticisms:
1. Old lady being punched
2. Brie Larson doesn't smile
My responses are 1, shut up and stop looking for things to be offended by, and 2, Brie is playing a stoic character trying to solve a personal mystery. (1/5)
— Blake Northcott ⚾️ (@BlakeNorthcott) September 19, 2018
Uhh, I’ve heard SO many dudes say: “Brie Larson doesn’t look like she’s having ‘fun’. She’s too serious.”
Translation: “Pretty girls should smile more”
— Tony B Kim (@Crazy4ComicCon) September 19, 2018
— rachel leishman (@RachelLeishman) September 19, 2018
Here’s hoping that internet commentators google the words “double standard” to fully understand why their comments are sexist. In the meantime, Captain Marvel will be busy floating above it all and saving the world. She doesn’t have time for trolls.