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Disney’s ‘Ms. Marvel,’ featuring MCU’s first Muslim South Asian superhero, gets review bombed

Ms. Marvel review bombing
  • “Ms. Marvel,” the new Disney Plus series featuring the MCU’s first-ever Muslim superhero, was subjected to review bombing on IMDb.
  • The series was flooded with negative reviews, resulting in an overall rating of 6.5 out of 10 shortly after its premiere yesterday.
  • Critics suggest the polarized distribution between the rating scores of one and 10 points can be attributed to review bombing from hostile viewers. 
  • The inconsistency between the crowd-sourced ratings and critics' reviews also suggests something more is going on than viewers simply disliking the new show. 
  • The practice of review bombing has been on the rise in recent years, noticeably with projects showcasing Hollywood’s greater conscientiousness towards representation. 

Disney Plus’ new miniseries “Ms. Marvel,” featuring the MCU’s first-ever Muslim superhero, was subjected to review-bombing on IMDb despite receiving glowing reviews from critics.

Premiering yesterday on Disney’s streaming platform, the series was flooded with negative reviews on IMDb, resulting in an overall rating of 6.5 out of 10 as of this writing, the lowest rating of any MCU show. Over 23 percent of the show’s reviews gave a rating of 1, while 41 percent gave it a 10. Critics suggest this sort of polarized distribution points to review-bombing from hostile viewers.

Marvel celebrates AAPI Heritage Month with anthology comic featuring Asian and AAPI talent

  • Marvel is commemorating Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month this May with the upcoming release of “Marvel's Voices: Identity #1 2022.”
  • The special issue is the second “Marvel's Voices: Identity” anthology and showcases four new stories written and illustrated by AAPI and Asian talent.
  • "It was a complete honor being asked to contribute to Marvel's Voices: Identity #1 2022, and I was surprised by how immediately I knew the story I wanted to tell," writer Pornsak Pichetshote was quoted as saying.
  • The new anthology is set to release on May 25 and will feature AAPI and Asian characters such as Ms. Marvel and Shang-Chi.

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Asian superheroes such as Ms. Marvel and Shang-Chi are taking center stage in a special Marvel anthology to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month this May.

Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 2022,” a follow-up to last year’s “Marvel’s Voices: Identity” anthology, is set in the Marvel Universe and features four new stories written by AAPI and Asian talent.

Dave Bautista says #GoodbyeDrax as he retires from the MCU

drax the destroyer
  • Dave Bautista has retired from his role as Drax the Destroyer in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films following the end of production for the series’ third installment.
  • On Instagram, Bautista wrote that it was an “end of a journey that changed my life.”
  • Prior to filming the latest installment, Bautista has repeatedly discussed his impending departure, all the while expressing his love for the character.
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is set to premiere on May 5, 2023.

Dave Bautista’s time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come to an end following the wrap of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” On Monday, the wrestler-turned-actor took to Instagram to bid farewell to his character Drax the Destroyer. 

The half-Filipino actor played Drax for all three “Guardians of the Galaxy” films – the latest of which is set to premiere next year – as well as the third and fourth installments of the “Avengers” franchise. He is also expected to appear as Drax in the upcoming Marvel film “Thor: Love and Thunder,” coming July 8.

‘Eternals’ director Chloé Zhao reveals the ‘really bleak’ original ending for the film

Eternals Original Ending
  • Director Chloé Zhao changed her original ending of Marvel’s “Eternals” because it was “really bleak” and would not work for the introduction of Harry Styles’ Eros.
  • Zhao teased that "Blade" is going to be “epic” after discussing one of the post-credits scenes of "Eternals."

Editor’s Note: The below article contains spoilers for “Eternals.”

Academy Award-winning director Chloé Zhao revealed some behind-the-scenes details about her first Marvel film’s original ending and the teaser for Mahershala Ali as vampire-slaying Blade.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ dethrones China’s Korean War epic as 2021’s highest grossing film

Spider-Man No Way Home
  • Marvel and Sony’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home” surpassed the billion-dollar mark over the weekend to become the highest-grossing film of 2021, garnering more than $1.37 billion.
  • The superhero threequel pushed China’s Korean War epic “The Battle of Lake Changjin” to second place without the help of the Chinese movie market.
  • The film has yet to receive the green light to premiere in China.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” has become the highest-grossing film of 2021, dethroning the Chinese Korean War epic “The Battle of Lake Changjin” at the box office worldwide.

By the end of last year, Sony and Marvel’s latest release had garnered more than $1.37 billion at the worldwide box office. The film also amassed $609.9 million at the domestic box office in three weeks, placing the threequel in ninth place on the list of domestic all-time highest grossing films, ABC News reported.

New ‘Spider-Verse’ film hints at the arrival of an Indian Spider-Man

Indian Spiderman Spider-Verse

An upcoming Spider-Man film may feature a South Asian version of the web-slinging superhero.

Return to the Spider-Verse: The unannounced first look at Sony’s animated film “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)” caught fans by surprise with its release on Sunday, confirming the return of major characters and also hinting at the arrival of at least one new hero. 

Director Destin Daniel Cretton will return for ‘Shang-Chi’ sequel

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” will be coming back with Destin Daniel Cretton set to direct and write its sequel.

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” will be coming back with Destin Daniel Cretton set to direct and write its sequel.

“Shang-Chi” 2: In addition to leading the sequel, Cretton signed an exclusive multi-year contract with Marvel Studios and Hulu’s Onyx Collective to develop a new Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) series for Disney Plus, according to Deadline.