It’s fast becoming THE movie of 2018, and (dare we say it) is even beginning to outstrip the excitement for Avengers: Infinity War.
But it seems that some people have already decided that Black Panther is a catastrophe and should be avoided at all costs, despite it not evening rolling out on general release.
The group behind the campaign is called Down With Disney’s Treatment Of Franchises And Its Fanboys, but then again, anyone who would choose to see Justice League over The Avengers would, right?
That’s correct, a contingent of self-styled hardcore DC fanboys (that’s what they’re claiming to be at least) are trying to take down the Disney owned Marvel Cinematic Universe, as they blame the company and its Marvel outputs for the negative reaction the majority of the DC Extended Universe has been met with.
The group’s Facebook page, which has since been shut down, created an event called ‘Give Black Panther a Rotten Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes’.
Needless to say, the page had a negative opening statement.
‘Due to the sudden rise in those disgruntled with Disney business practices, especially due to the corporate manipulations which created falsified bad press for the DCEU, I feel that it’s time to strike back at all those under Disney and bring down the house of mouse’s actions for paying off the critics that hurt DC Comics on film and for other parties affected by them,’ it read.
If this sounds rather familiar, then you won’t be surprised that the group last made headlines in December when it took credit for the low Star Wars: The Last Jedi fan score.
However, it seems that the group has gone too far this time and Facebook has shut down its page.
On top of that Rotten Tomatoes is planning to fight them all the way.
Releasing a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the website said: ‘We at Rotten Tomatoes are proud to have become a platform for passionate fans to debate and discuss entertainment and we take that responsibility seriously. While we respect our fans’ diverse opinions, we do not condone hate speech.
‘Our team of security, network and social experts continue to closely monitor our platforms and any users who engage in such activities will be blocked from our site and their comments removed as quickly as possible.’
Despite the hate, Black Panther is still being hailed as a critical success already, and is being widely touted as the biggest Marvel Cinematic Universe hit already.
Only time will tell with that one, but Black Panther is released in the UK on February 12 followed in the US on February 16.
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