Marvel Cinematic Universe star Chris Pratt was the subject of controversy on social media in October 2020. But he is far from the first Marvel actor to deal with online abuse. Its part Everwood co-star Emily VanCamp, who is also a member of the MCU, has been confronting her share of internet negativity. This is why some call the answer to Pratt a double in comparison.
Chris Pratt and Emily VanCamp were in ‘Everwood’
Pratt and VanCamp met on the set of the WB drama series Everwood. They showed sisters Amy and Bright Abbott, two residents of the titular city that befriends new residents, the Brown family. The series ran for four seasons, from 2002-2006, culminating in the WB becoming the CW.
Although they were brother and sister onwards Everwood, Pratt and VanCamp had a different relationship off-screen. The pair started dating back in 2004, after a year or two of working together. Their relationship caused controversy because VanCamp was 17 when they came together. They broke in 2006 or 2007.
VanCamp joined the MCU in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’
Years later, VanCamp joined the MCU. The first one brought in Sharon Carter Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Sharon befriends her neighbor, Steve Rogers, just to finally tell him that she is an agent of SHIELD – as well as the great-grandson of his 1940s love interest, Peggy Carter. VanCamp also appeared Captain America: Civil War.
Another MCU film was released in 2014, this one by Pratt. Guardians of the Galaxy he introduced his Marvel character, Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord), an Earth-born man who lives in space who scams with a group of misfortunes to secure the Infinity Stone. Pratt followed this film up with Defenders of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.
He was protected by Pratt’s Marvel co-stars
In October 2020, a Twitter game got the name Pratt Waiting. As users shared information about him, from his affiliation with the Church against LGBTQ Hillsong to his potential support for the Republican party, his constellations in the MCU, from Mark Ruffalo to Zoe Saldana, strong defense. This hit some fans in the wrong way.
“Emily VanCamp was receiving death threats every day but that’s just business as usual for women but it is certain that many people who went to homophobic churches have been good people,” wrote one Twitter user. The dangers for VanCamp came after her character shared a kiss with Steve, having nothing to do with VanCamp himself.
Both actors have a future in MCU
When fans come out against a particular actor, it can mean that the studio has to make a decision. Both Pratt and VanCamp are tied to moving forward, meaning Marvel is likely to do what it takes to protect them. Pratt is ready to enter Defenders of the Galaxy Vol. 3, hence the support of his peers.
With a renewed focus on other MCU stars who have dealt with online negativity, it will be interesting to see if Marvel addresses what VanCamp was up to during an upgrade for the upcoming Disney + series The Hawk and the Winter Soldier, in which she returns as Sharon Carter. VanCamp completed filming of the series in September 2020.