Few fanbases are as viewed as those in the Cinematic Universe of Marvel.
Fans made their views known on Twitter and Reddit on such topics as the casting of Brie Larson in Captain Marvel.
But are fans of Marvel too toxic?
Are Marvel film fans and comics toxic?
The website Birth Movies Death raised the question a few years ago: Is MCU fandom becoming toxic?
When it came to the comic Steve Rogers: Captain America #1, the author commented on the’ fan uproar’.
A new hypothesis about the character was posited in the book: “Captain America has actually been a Hydra double agent his entire life.”
“author Nick Spencer’s Twitter feed with so much hate that he just had to unsubscribe,”the Twitter feed of author Nick Spencer with so much hate that he just had to unsubscribe. It did not stop there, however.
“hating on writer Ed Brubaker, who hadn’t written a Cap comic in five years.”hate writer Ed Brubaker, who in five years had not written a Cap comic.
Some even accused other fans of being “anti-Semites” as stated by Birth Movies Death, “because, they argued, Cap was created by two Jewish kids to fight Nazis, and Marvel has now made him a Nazi.”
Although the theory does not make sense, “even the movies went to great lengths to show that Hydra wanted to fight Nazis, too” that did not stop the rolling of virtual death threats.
In the comics, the fandom has clear views on the characters and storylines
Birth Movies Death argued, “We have instant access to spew any kind of hate at almost anyone, and we also probably feel like no one is really listening,”
This allows for a reality in which online users feel entitled to such storylines and have the right to express their views in the language of their choosing on such storylines.
For instance, when Captain America’s filmmaker James Gunn, who directed the Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy, defended the plot point, someone received a graphic, woodchipper-related death threat on Facebook against Gunn’s pet.
Brie Larson will get a lot of YouTube hate, fans warn
The Internet, she said, provides “instant access to the people who create the stuff we love.” That should be a World Wide Web feature, not a bug.
Sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram “bridged the gap” between fans and creators. But that makes it so that people who enjoy such content feel that they can comment on that content – and affect it.
“The old fan entitlement has been soldered to the ‘customer is always right’ mentality that seems to motivate the people who make Yelp so sh*tty,”The old fan entitlement was sold to the ‘customer is always right’ mindset that seems to motivate the individuals that make Yelp so sh*tty.
How the Marvel fan base has been broken by social media
Only Marvel haters have been emboldened – and multiplied – by social media. Per the Release:
The fan base has always been a powder keg in many respects, only waiting for the right moment to blow, and that moment is social media’s ubiquity.
Twitter is the match that was lit to the powder keg, and the uglier sections of fandom have suddenly exploded up – the entitlement, the requests, the frankly weak understanding of how drama and storytelling work.
Years before Captain Marvel came out, this statement was made.
And it seems that toxicity just rises every year in the fan base.
But in the coming years, it’s going to be fascinating to see how Marvel fans react to the film universe.