Stephen King is no J.K. Rowling.
Both became rich and famous via their fantasy yarns. Their stories may be wildly different, but they transfixed generations with their rich characters and unforgettable thrills.
Culturally speaking, the two couldn’t be further apart.
He went woke. She stood up for free expression.
Now, King knows he must continue appeasing the far-Left mob lest it turn on him in a New York minute.
That explains why he ran to “The Marvels” defense on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. The latest MCU film bombed at the box office over the weekend, earning dramatically less than its predecessor and most Marvel titles.
Its $47 million haul stateside, combined with its tepid global take, will make it the lowest-performing MCU title … ever … without a miraculous word-of-mouth comeback.
Some right-leaning news sites and film fans alike trumpeted the news, which coaxed King to fire off this message.
Some of the rejection of THE MARVELS may be adolescent fanboy hate. You know, "Yuck! GIRLS!"
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 13, 2023
It’s a common refrain. Whenever a mediocre (or worse) Comic-Con style project fails it’s always the fans’ fault. Remember how the Left and the media (but we repeat ourselves) reacted to the Lady Ghostbusters film?
King’s comment is merely a variation on that theme, ignoring the fact that “Barbie” remains the year’s highest-grossing film. And it had many “yucky girls” in it. So did recent hits like “Wonder Woman” and, of course, the 2019 “Captain Marvel” blockbuster.
“The Marvels” downfall is due to the MCU’s inability to build on its past success, reliance on “diversity” over grand storytelling and the loss of iconic characters like Iron Man and Captain America. Plus, the recent MCU films can’t match the glory of the first dozen or so entries.
Several X users hammered King for defending such a weak film in that manner.
Since you don't go to MCU movies and don't care for them, that means you rejected The Marvels, right?
Does that mean you hate women? pic.twitter.com/6RI3UtcodV
— ThatUmbrellaGuy (@ThatUmbrella) November 13, 2023
@SouthPark already made an episode explaining all of this. Must watch.
— Eduardo (@Eddieuel) November 13, 2023
Or the The Marvels movie just sucks because Disney focused on diversity instead of quality — just like the Biden administration
— Paul A. Szypula 🇺🇸 (@Bubblebathgirl) November 13, 2023
No, its the terrible writing. We all loved Marvel when it was good, no one had an issue a few years back and Marvel was one of the biggest franchises in the world. Bad writers = bad movies
— R Hutchison (@hutchison1987) November 13, 2023
Or maybe, just maybe, people are sick and tired of bad movies on a consistent basis from Marvel.
Kind of like your books.
— Joshua (The Bowtie) Boston (@JoshuapBoston1) November 13, 2023
The MCU and by extension, Disney seem less interested in pleasing the fans and more driven by diversity quotas and gender politics in recent years. That better explains why many are piling on “The Marvels,” not any teen boy rejection.
It’s not a quality film.
Plus, exit polling showed 65 percent of the people who actually saw the film over the weekend were men.