Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson, who will play Carol Danvers, in the upcoming film recently addressed the Captain Marvel smiling controversy.
For those unfamiliar with the Captain Marvel smiling controversy, Larson and Marvel Studios were criticized after the release of the first trailer because her character didn’t smile with people describing her facial expressions as wooden.
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In fact, one user photoshopped images with Larson smiling which quickly made their way around the internet.
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Larson would take the criticism in stride, posting a number of photoshopped images of Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., and Benedict Cumberbatch!
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In a recent interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Larson would address the criticism describing it as “a depiction of the female experience. That’s just what it’s like.”
Larson would add, “It didn’t really bother me that much when I saw that was the reaction because that’s how it goes.”
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Director Anna Boden would also say, “It’s not an uncommon common thing for women to hear. Ask any woman in this room and you know, she’s ‘oh! don’t be so sad.'” She elaborates, “It’s a very common thing to hear as a woman. It doesn’t surprise me at all that it was in social media. I think a lot of women can relate to that moment.”
Larson then adds, “Yeah, it happens. This is part of why art that depicts the female experience is so important because on one hand for women and girls it allows us to go, ‘Oh I have that experience too!’ and for those that aren’t in our bodies can look at it and go, ‘Wait that happens to you, we got to do better.'”
What do you make of Larson’s response? Do you think having people to ask you to smile more is part of the female experience?