‘Captain Marvel’ failed to inspire, unlike ‘Wonder Woman’


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Although “Captain Marvel” continues to dominate the box office as the #1 movie in the world, “Wonder Woman” has been more popular with viewers for its originality and plot.

Reilly Caldwell

As we’ve seen in 2017 and 2018, the long-awaited rise of female representation both on and behind the screen has received praise from critics and fans. More specifically, Hollywood has released the first female-lead superhero blockbusters: DC Comics’ “Wonder Woman” and Marvel’s “Captain Marvel”. Although both of these films feature strong and empowering female characters, their effects in the media and society couldn’t be more different.

The character, Captain Marvel, has been a major talking point ever since her existence was alluded to in the “Avengers: Infinity War” post-credit scene. Since this appearance, moviegoers have been anticipating the release of “Captain Marvel”. However, even though this film is currently the number one film in the world (earning $153 million during its opening weekend), some fans seem to have a problem with the actress playing the title role: Brie Larson.

Many people across the internet have accused Larson of being “too weak” to play the role of one of the most powerful Avengers. Some also don’t like how outspoken she has been in the press regarding her political views.

Recently, she has suggested in the press that she doesn’t want her movie to be reviewed by white men, which made “Captain Marvel”’s  Rotten Tomato ratings tank. In response, fans gave poor ratings before “Captain Marvel” was even released. This caused Rotten Tomatoes to change its policies so viewers can’t review movies before they’re released.

But while Brie Larson takes heat for her role, Gal Gadot, who played Wonder Woman, was received by the media with only glowing reviews.

Gadot’s performance as the iconic comic book character Wonder Woman (a.k.a. Diana) was well worth the wait. The movie “Wonder Woman” tries to stay true to Wonder Woman’s beloved background and the film left an impact on society. Patty Jenkins, who directed “Wonder Woman” to be the highest grossing live-action film directed by a woman, caused Gal Gadot’s Diana to be a role model for girls both in the film industry and society.

“Captain Marvel” is earning major money in the box office, but has failed to leave the large, positive impression “Wonder Woman” has. Internationally, “Wonder Woman” left a pivotal mark on the comic community, both because of how beloved the film is and how Gadot became a role model to women all around the world. Overall, “Wonder Woman” should be considered the superior female superhero movie because of its lasting impact.