Ms. Marvel is currently not only the best-reviewed MCU series on Disney Plus, but at a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes from critics, that’s even above Black Panther’s 96% score, meaning it’s the best-reviewed MCU show or movie…ever, at the moment.
That’s why it’s noticeable that Ms. Marvel is actually the lowest scored MCU series on IMDB based on its user star ratings. And yes, the answer is that it’s being review-bombed.
“It’s not review-bombing if people just don’t like it,” some will say, but looking at the data, it’s impossible not to see what’s going on with Ms. Marvel as an outlier with malicious origins.
Here are the scores across all MCU Disney Plus series:
Again, a clear downward outlier, despite so much acclaim elsewhere. And digging into those numbers further, the low score is because users are spamming loads of 1 star reviews, far, far more than any of these other series.
Here are the percent of scores that are 1 star reviews for these shows:
Yeah, okay, there it is. And at the other end of the spectrum, Ms. Marvel has 39% 10/10 star reviews, more than any other series. So if you took the 1 star spam reviews away, you’d have Ms. Marvel with the highest score of them all.
You can see the difference via the star rating charts. Here’s what a normal, somewhat meh MCU series looks like in terms of score distribution.
Falcon and the Winter Soldier
And here’s what Ms. Marvel looks like while being review-bombed:
So why is being review bombed? Take your pick:
I would absolutely venture that more weight is being given to those first two items, and I’ve been sent examples of closed Facebook groups protesting Ms. Marvel as “replacing” the white, blonde Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel (not what’s happening) and they view a Muslim superhero as an assault on Christian values.
Sure, sometimes critics and fans just disagree. But that’s not what’s going on here. Ms. Marvel is undisputably being review-bombed, namely because of the core identity of the character including her race and religion. It’s not surprising, but it still sucks. Watch the show, it’s great.
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