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Sunday, November 12, 2023 

The Marvels has one of the worst openings ever at the box office

Well, it looks like analysts were correct; the latest Marvel movie, laughably titled The Marvels, and the sequel to the dreadful Captain Marvel film of 2019, has opened to just $6.5 million, according to Deadline:
Marvel Studios‘ sequel, The Marvels, has clocked around $6.5M in Thursday night previews we hear from sources. Disney will be reporting their official figure this morning and we’ll update you then. Previews began at 3PM.

The fear out there by many is that this $200M budgeted sequel to 2019’s Captain Marvel –which stands as the highest grossing female superhero movie of all-time–could clock the lowest start ever stateside for a Marvel Studios movie; lower than The Incredible Hulk (which was a Universal release before Disney absorbed the MCU) which had a $55.4M start. While tracking took its projections down from $80M to $60M for The Marvels, there is a concern out there that The Marvels could see a $40M+ start.
Boo hoo. Tell us about it. The Captain Marvel film was one of the first where they really went woke, and insulted everyone's intellect with a film that went nowhere in particular. John Nolte at Breitbart had the following to say:
Naturally, the Disney suck-ups at Deadline blame the actors’ strike, even though plenty of movies made big bucks during the strike. Heaven forbid the entertainment media ever show the moral courage to tell the truth, which is that The Marvels looks like two hours of unappealing, sexless, humorless women asking to speak with the manager. Captain Marvel is a dull superheroine because 1) Brie Larson has no charisma, and 2) Captain Marvel can do anything. Her powers are never defined. She has no weaknesses. Whatever she needs to do, she can do, and that’s tedious.

The other problem is that the Marvel brand has spent the last four years leaking the goodwill of its fanbase by injecting its post-Endgame features and streaming series with identity politics. Character no longer matters. It’s all about who’s gay, black, Muslim, whatever… This is not only a violation of human nature; it’s truly awful storytelling if, for no other reason, it’s predictable.
A lot of the reviews are negative, and deservedly so, but while looking through them, I found and decided to take issue with the Toronto Star's, which, despite panning the film, puts in an awfully forced attempt at being positive about a certain PC element:
Note I said it’s almost completely non-marvellous. What “The Marvels” has going for it, apart from a 105-minute running time that blessedly makes it the MCU’s shortest film ever, is the energizing presence of Canada’s Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan, Marvel’s first Muslim superhero. She’s almost enough to save a movie that ultimately is beyond redemption.

Vellani is one of three actors (the others are Brie Larson and Teyonah Parris) whose characters involuntarily swap their “light-based powers” and locations due to a magical MacGuffin called a quantum band that is maniacally misused (more on that in a minute).

Markham, Ont.-raised Vellani made her acting debut as New Jersey teenager Kamala in the recent Disney Plus series “Ms. Marvel.” Over six entertaining episodes, young Kamala learns that her obsession with comic book hero Captain Marvel (played by Larson in the movies) is based on more than just fangirl worship, although there’s a lot of that, too.

She brings some of the TV show’s quarrelsome fun to “The Marvels,” along with her family from the series: her hectoring mom and dad (Zenobia Shroff and Mohan Kapur) and her know-it-all older brother (Saagar Shaikh).
Gee, one must wonder what's so great about a TV show that, much like the Muslim Ms. Marvel comic itself, was intended to whitewash the Religion of Peace and serve as noxious propaganda? The timing couldn't be worse, coming as this movie does a month after the Hamas bloodbath in southern Israel. Not many Israelis impacted by the tragedy are going to want to see a movie emphasizing a character's written to be going by a belief system whose koran declares Jews the offspring of monkeys and pigs. And there's plenty of non-Jews impacted who won't want to see such a movie either. That could even include Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who's now converted to Christianity.

It's seriously time comics movies were retired for a change. They've become a laughless joke in the past several years, and haven't helped encourage moviegoers to read the classic comics at all.

Update: and now, Nolte's reporting that the film's flopped worldwide:
The Disney Grooming Syndicate’s latest bomb, The Marvels, has officially flopped all over planet Earth.

Worldwide, which includes its record-low domestic take here in North America, The Marvels opened globally to a disastrous $110 million to $115 million.

That is the lowest global open in the 15-year history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that would be considered a disaster for any movie with a reported production and promotion cost of $200 million, much less the $300+ million this sucker likely cost.
And all the diversity pandering and divisive politics they resorted to has not helped a single bit.

Update 2: the cartoonist Bosch Fawstin had the following to say: Yes, there certainly is something peculiar in how a Muslim character has a mindset applied to her character that's considered anathema to many followers of the Religion of Peace. If they wouldn't attend the film, this is why.

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