It seems almost every time a movie featuring a female lead – or set of them – is released within the past five years that sexist and complementarian social media goes insane with vitriol and condemns these films, or says they are an attack on white men.
I have no idea why men (and it’s usually men) get so upset over female-led movies such as the 2016 Ghostbusters, Captain Marvel, The Force Awakens, or any movie that does not feature a young, male, white lead.
(The same guys were also disturbed by the mostly black-cast film Black Panther and tried to sabotage it – and failed. See: Alt-right group tries to sabotage ‘Black Panther’ reviews).
Before Black Panther, there was Wesley Snipes in the Blade trilogy. In these movies, which were released around the late 1990s or early 2000s, you have a black guy who is half-vampire hunting and killing vampires who were feeding on humans. It’s not as though Black Panther was the first black male superhero on screen.
Before Brie Larson in Captain Marvel and Melissa McCarthy in Ghostbusters, there was Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Linda Hamilton as Sarah Conner, Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in the Alien franchise, and on TV, we had Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman and Lucy Lawless as Xena: Warrior Princess. The vast majority of hero characters were male for a long time (and white), but there were the occasional women hero characters.
But I don’t recall the complementarians and sexist ass-hats having conniption fits over those women characters in the past.
Some of these sexist knuckle-draggers even tried to sabotage Captain Marvel before it opened, by down-voting it on Rotten Tomatoes.
Despite the site’s attempts to subvert the trolls, 58,000 reviews were counted (with thousands of them later expunged).