8 Movies That Inspired Online Protests

8. Thor

Marvel Studios

What They Said: “Marvel is a company that advocates for left wing ideologies and causes,” claimed The Council Of Concerned Citizens.

“Marvel has viciously attacked the Tea Party movement, conservatives and European heritage. Now they have taken it one further, casting a black man as a Norse deity in their new movie Thor. Marvel has inserted social engineering into European mythology.”

The group, staunch opponents of inter-racial marriage and gay rights, subsequently set up a website (since removed) calling for a boycott. Meanwhile, an amused Idris Elba pointed out that nobody had a problem watching a guy whose hammer flies to him when he clicks his fingers. “That’s okay,” he said, “but the colour of my skin is wrong?”

What Happened: Don’t remember the boycott? Didn’t think so. It certainly didn’t hurt Thor at the box office, with the $150 million movie taking $449 million worldwide. Two years later, Thor: The Dark World did even better, so it seems like Elba is here to stay.


Ian Watson is the author of 'Midnight Movie Madness', a 600+ page guide to "bad" movies from 'Reefer Madness' to 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.'