One of the most anticipated movies of the year is “Captain Marvel,” the latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise that already includes such major hits as “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” But there are problems.
While the film undoubtedly will be a major contender at the box office, many moviegoers are likely hesitant to purchase tickets for it, given its stars’ aggressive pushing of their leftist opinions in interviews. Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson are both outspokenly anti-Donald Trump.
Larson has been using her time to promote “Captain Marvel” to talk about how she doesn’t want press for her movie to be “too white male” — whatever that means. Jackson, for his part, takes things even a few steps further than his female co-star.
The longtime Marvel employee recently likened the president of the United States to a plantation owner.
With such comments as those, a hefty portion of the country may find it hard to buy into the story of “Captain Marvel” for two hours on the big screen.
But if those moviegoers are still looking for a popcorn-crunching science fiction action movie with a female character at its center, they can check out “Alita: Battle Angel” — which is currently one of the top films at the domestic and worldwide box office.
The film’s publicity includes no politics. And the Robert Rodriguez-directed adventure recently earned endorsements from two of Hollywood’s few open conservatives, Kristy Swanson and James Woods (shown above left and right, respectively).
Two-time Academy Award nominee Woods posted a viral meme on Twitter that suggested moviegoers are more interested in “Alita,” despite the heavier marketing push behind “Captain Marvel.”
Woods said with the meme, “When you have a choice, pick a movie where the studio doesn’t hate half its audience.”
When you have a choice, pick a movie where the studio doesn’t hate half its audience… pic.twitter.com/69I3QuCxt3
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 3, 2019
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“Captain Marvel” is distributed by Disney.
“Alita: Battle Angel” is distributed by 21st Century Fox, a company that soon will be owned by Disney due to a recent sale.
“Big Daddy” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Kristy Swanson agreed with Woods’ endorsement and replied to his tweet by saying, “@AlitaMovie was fantastic! Saw it today … #BADA##.”
“Alita: Battle Angel” follows a cyborg (played by Rosa Salazar, above middle) in a future world on a mission to discover her past, which is a mystery to her.
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The $170 million film has earned over $70 million domestically and more than $350 million worldwide.
The film has gotten mixed reviews from critics, with a 60 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Audiences have been far more supportive. Over 20,000 user reviews on Rotten Tomatoes show a 94 percent approval rating for the film.
Check out the trailer for “Alita: Battle Angel” below: