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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been on a serious roll in Phase Three, as every single installment in the current slate of films has been a financial and critical success. Phase Three is coming to an end with Avengers: Endgame, but there's one more blockbuster arriving in theaters before The Russo Brothers' massive ensemble project arrives: Captain Marvel. The 90's period piece will provide origin stories for Carol Danvers, Nick Fury, and a variety of cosmic characters, before she crosses over in Endgame to assist the battle against Thanos.

Anticipation for Captain Marvel is at a fever pitch, and the early reactions to the film have been overwhelmingly positive. But there's one place that isn't feeling the love for Carol Danvers' upcoming blockbuster: Rotten Tomatoes. The review aggregating site has become a place for Captain Marvel trolling ahead of its release, with only 61% of users planning on seeing the blockbuster. While those numbers could have been worse, the comments section on Captain Marvel's RT is chock full of haters of the upcoming MCU installment.

Much of the hate in Captain Marvel's Rotten Tomatoes page seems headed Brie Larson's way, in direct response to press the she's done ahead of the release. When calling for more inclusion and diversity among film critics, Larson was quoted saying:

I don’t need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work about A Wrinkle in Time. It wasn’t made for him! I want to know what it meant to women of color, biracial women, to teen women of color.

This statement seems to have set off Captain Marvel haters, as they've used that comment as the reason they're not interesting in seeing Anna Bode and Ryan Fleck's upcoming MCU debut. Many of the RT users who said they weren't interested in seeing Captain Marvel directly referenced Brie Larson's comments. For example:

I somehow feel that Skull are not the enemy, but that I am, since Brie Larsen has been careful to state she doesn't want the Press Tour to include types like me.

Clearly Brie Larson's call for a more inclusive press pool has ticked off certain moviegoers, who are vowing to skip Captain Marvel and go straight to Avengers: Endgame without meeting the super powerful heroine.

Aside from those taking umbrage with Brie Larson's previous comments, there are also plenty of Rotten Tomatoes users who already feel like the upcoming blockbuster will be of poor quality, despite the film not being released to anyone but the press. One commenter wrote:

Terrible movie hate it already!!!!!!

While some moviegoers seem to have problems with Captain Marvel ahead of its release, reactions to the first screenings have been overwhelmingly positive. It'll be fascinating to see if this type of hate and trolling negatively affects the movie's box office performance, possibly ushering the first box office disappointment in Phase Three. Early tracking for the film's opening weekend is strong, so we'll just have to see how it all shakes out in a few weeks.

Captain Marvel will arrive in theaters on March 8th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

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