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An angry group of DC fans plan to sabotage Black Panther‘s Rotten Tomatoes audience score in an effort to diminish the film’s success. After years of waiting, the age of better representation in superhero movies is finally here. Wonder Woman had a massive societal impact for what it did for women across the world last year. Now, Marvel Studios is in the final stages of promoting a film that could be just as impactful for the African-American population, Black Panther.
The film has been highly praised for the representation factor, but also has had stellar marketing in the lead up to its debut. Everything appears to have come together for Marvel based on the extremely positive early reactions. Unfortunately, the continued success of Marvel Studios (and its parent company Disney overall) isn’t viewed by everyone as a good thing.
Marvelous Realm shared a rather disappointing post made on Facebook by a group who want to do everything they can to lower Black Panther‘s success. The group – that consists of 2,000 members so far – plans to “strike back” against their alleged unfair treatment of DC’s films by pledging to give Black Panther a rotten audience review once the movie hits theaters. Not only that, but they plan on spreading spoilers to Marvel fans of their choosing to further take away from the film’s enjoyment.
The idea of a mass group of fans targeting a competing franchise in an attempt to hurt the film from succeeding in every way possible is sad on its own, but the fact that it comes with Black Panther is even more unsettling. Black Panther should be a time of celebration for the way it highlights people of color, but instead this group intends to use it as an avenue to express some level of hatred. Further creating a divide between DC and Marvel fans, this group plans to do similar events for all upcoming Marvel films – and claims to be behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s low RT score too.
As disappointing as this is, it is important to note that this is just a select group of DC fans and is by no means an accurate representation of how all DC fans view the MCU. Hopefully the larger portion of fans will rally behind Black Panther and show additional support to combat the attempts of negativity this group wants to promote.
Even with this mindset, it doesn’t appear that anything will be able to stop Black Panther. The film is currently tracking to open over $120 million in its opening weekend. Those figures are a bit old now, with the latest update on Black Panther‘s ticket sales revealed it broke Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s pre-sales record. Once the positive reviews from critics start to come in next week, the groundswell of support will hopefully only continue to boost Black Panther‘s success.