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Stephen King Calls Out Critics For 'Gloating' Over 'The Marvels'' Disappointing Opening Weekend

The horror icon noted on X that he 'doesn't care for' Marvel movies, but he didn't understand why people would 'gloat over failure'—and fans had some ideas.

Stephen King; Brie Larson
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The Marvels opened to a disappointing turnout over the weekend, and for some reason many people online *cough* misogynistic trolls *cough* have expressed delight over the film's poor opening.

While the movie did top the box office, it had the weakest opening of any Marvel film to date, bringing in just $47 million its debut weekend.

And some on social media were delighted by this.

Horror icon Stephen King was none too happy with the apparent glee, and took to social media to call out the unnecessary "gloating."

King tweeted:

"I don't go to MCU movies, don't care for them, but I find this barely masked gloating over the low box office for THE MARVELS very unpleasant."
"Why gloat over failure?"

And the twitterverse answered.

Many commented on society's reluctance to welcome a female-fronted cast into the superhero realm.

That about sums it up.

Rounding out the top of the box office last weekend was Five Night's At Freddy's with $9 million, the Eras Tour movie at $5.9 million, Priscilla ($4.7 million) and Killers of the Flower Moon with $4.6 million.

Maybe it was just a slow weekend at the theaters.