The Marvels is the MCU’s most disliked trailer ever
With accusations of superhero saturation across the board, even the once infallible Marvel Cinematic Universe could be about to crumble under its own weight. Following a release of its first trailer, Nia DaCosta's The Marvels, fandom has been split and the upcoming movie has set an unfortunate MCU record.
Although Phase 4 was huge for the franchise and turned out bangers like WandaVision and Spider-Man: No Way Home, we also had to sit through The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Phase 5 was supposed to usher in a new era, but with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania failing to tick the boxes, all eyes are on The Marvels.
The Marvels trailer sets an unfortunate MCU record
Just three days after The Marvels trailer debuted, it's officially the MCU's most disliked trailer on YouTube. At the time of writing, The Marvels has 452,170 dislikes. This edges ahead of 439,485 likes to prove just how split audiences are.
The famously hated She-Hulk has 302,814 dislikes and 616,860 likes, Quantumania has only 26,498 dislikes against 589,380 likes. Some are already proudly declaring The Marvels looks like the MCU's best in years, while the figures prove trailers can be deceiving, but what's going on?
Similar to She-Hulk, there are bigoted views that the MCU fits the "go woke, go broke" formula. Having three women lead a movie, and with two being from ethnic minorities, it's led to the typical dumpster fire from a vocal minority. Facing the biggest backlash is Iman Vellani's Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel.
Reading a section of the negative comments online, one critic wrote, "I hate [the] Captain Marvel character, I don't like Kamala and Monica, this trailer looks like another boring Marvel movie cause MCU died after Avengers finale."
Someone else fumed, "Barely made it through the trailer. Can't wait for the reviews when it flops, it will be hilarious. Direct to streaming. No way they risk the embarrassment of a cinema release." A third said, "With great wokeness comes great brokeness and fatigue."
Even website Pirates and Princesses wrote, "The MCU is now indisputably in decline, Brie Larson has a reputation for being 'unlikable' and the trailer looks pretty mid to be honest." Love it or loathe it, The Marvels has got everyone talking following its first trailer.
The Marvels could be make or break for the MCU
While we don't imagine The Marvels could ever tank the MCU, its failure would likely lead to a reshuffle behind the scenes. Before we get there, there's James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which we're guessing will be a certified banger.
In the aftermath of Quantumania, Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly, "The pace at which we're putting out the Disney+ shows will change so they can each get a chance to shine." This has already led to shows like Agatha: Coveon of Chaos and What If...? Season 2 slipping from their presumed 2023 release dates.
At the end of the day, you can hate The Marvels because it's got three strong women, you don't like Larson, or you just don't think it doesn't look very good. Even Quantumania made bank at the box office, and The Marvels is sure to do the same. Well, three heads are better than one.