Brie Larson Had The Perfect Response When People Said Captain Marvel Should Smile More

by Giovanna Boldrini
Giovanna was born in Rome, Italy and currently resides in South Salem, New York. In her free time, she likes to cook with her children and grandchildren.

Brie Larson is the star of the upcoming Captain Marvel film, which features the first female lead in a comic book movie for Marvel Studios (for those not too familiar with comics, Wonder Woman is from DC, which is a different franchise).

Without getting too deep into nerdy comic lore, Brie’s character could wipe the floor with just about any of the superpowered men you’ve seen in movies like this over the years. To put it mildly, she’s a really powerful woman!

Haters coming out of the woodwork to criticize a female superhero is, unfortunately, quite predictable. What’s unprecedented — and entirely idiotic — is why some people are already bashing the film.

The first trailer for the highly anticipated movie recently debuted, and it’s just as action-packed and exciting as you’d expect.

But the men of the internet have already taken issue with one aspect of Brie’s appearance: her smile (or lack thereof).

Scroll down to see just how gross these comments are and Brie’s absolutely brilliant response that simultaneously points out their sexism while shutting them up at the same time!

Brie has catapulted to superstardom in recent years.

Brie has catapulted to superstardom in recent years.

Her breakout film was 2015’s Room, for which she won that year’s Best Actress Academy Award. She’s only gained more renown and acclaim in the past few years.

Her biggest project since that Oscar-winning performance was 2017’s Kong: Skull Island. According to Variety, she’s currently filming a civil rights-era film with Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx.

But the film everyone’s talking about right now is Captain Marvel, which will lead into the upcoming fourth Avengers movie.

Unfortunately, we don’t get to talk about how awesome Brie will be in this role, because right now everyone is complaining about something else.

Here's the trailer the world can't stop talking about:

While there’s a lot to love and talk about there — she punches a grandma?! — it looks pretty similar to just about every other superhero trailer you’ve ever seen, right?

Well, not according to the Twitter trolls.

Certain people have taken issue with the fact that Brie isn’t smiling enough for their liking.

There are, sadly, tons of tweets about this. People already want to write off the movie, all because they think the woman on screen should be smiling more.

But now, ask yourself: How many action movie trailers do you remember the male hero smiling in? Don’t guys often look just as stern and focused on butt-kicking in these things?

Or how about this: What would it look like if men were over-the-top smiling in their movie trailers?

Or how about this: What would it look like if men were over-the-top smiling in their movie trailers?

Brie posted the above manipulated photo and two more like it (below) to her Instagram story. It’s the original poster for a Captain America movie — a popular superhero flick starring a man — and she slapped a stupid-looking grin on his face.


Here's Doctor Strange getting the same Photoshop treatment.

Here's Doctor Strange getting the same Photoshop treatment.

This is fantastic for two reasons: First, it points out that demanding a smiling superhero is just plain stupid. “Fans” crying for this clearly have no idea what they’re talking about.

Second, it shows just how sexist those expectations are. A bunch of males saw a woman not smiling and immediately decided to criticize it. I, for one, haven’t ever heard the same criticism about male superheroes.

Needless to say, everyone loves Brie's response.

Needless to say, everyone loves Brie's response.

It really is the absolute perfect rebuttal. Not that she had to say something — but we’re so glad she did!

We’d like to hope that the people who originally commented negatively about Brie’s performance will reflect on their tweets and change their ways.

The rest of us will just have to work twice as hard to make sure strong women pointing out Hollywood’s ongoing double standards continue to have a voice!