Captain Marvel Was Told To Smile More, And Brie Larson’s Response Was Perfect

The internet has been buzzing almost non-stop since Marvel dropped the firstCaptain Marveltrailer online earlier this week. But amid the love, at least one person went as far as altering the trailer, a move that received its own counter-trollingsharedby none other than Captain Marvel herself.

Like many Marvel trailers before it, fansanalyzed the trailer frame-by-frameand purported their own theories aboutwhat they thought was going on in certain scenes. But some people took issue with theCaptain Marveltrailer for a very dumb reason: Captain Marvel and her alter-ego, Carol Danvers werent smiling enough throughout the nearly two minutes of footageand that she should be.

It got to the point where one account even took a few shots from the trailer, promotional photos, and poster and used FaceApp to manipulateBrie Larsoninto smiling. Naturally, it rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.

Many women have had to deal with other people (largely men)telling them to smilefor much of their livesa comment that, no matter how well-intended, isinherently sexistand one way for people (mostly men) to police womens bodies. So for some people to extend that courtesy over to a fictional character, one whos also Marvels first female superhero to get her own movie, is equally frustrating and disappointing.

And although the Marvel Cinematic Universe is full of scowling, angry, and somber superheroes and smiles are rare to come for many of its male heroes, it only became an issue the moment Carol Danvers refused to smile in every scene she was in. (Despite this particular accounts complaint, she does, in fact, smile in parts of the trailer.) Given that Carol is dealing with some hefty memory loss and cant tell which of her memories are real in the midst of apotential Skrull invasion of Earth, not being cheerful during every second of screen-time is understandable.

Plenty of Captain Marvel fansmocked the editswhile others pointed out that because the account flagged the edits to one of the accounts associated withComicsgate, the person who posted them waslooking for a visceral reactionfrom fans and feminists. (Even outside of that group, there are some people whoagree with the sentiment that Captain Marvel should smile more.)

Jane Ritt did one even better by taking three Marvel moviesIron Man 3,Doctor Strange, andCaptain America: The Winter Soldierand making the male superheroes at the center of each respective poster smile for the camera.

Fans also showed their support for Larson and Captain Marvel with the hashtag#SelfiesForBrie, in which they posted photos of themselves, not just photos of themselves smiling. While she emphasized that fans didnt need to do anything for her, she was touched by the support theyve shown her during the past several days.


This article was originally published on The Daily Dot.