Originally Posted by I SEE SPIDEY
I think it could hurt fence sitters to a degree sure, I won't argue with that. It's already headed for about 90mil according to early numbers so will Marvel care a whole lot? Most were thinking 80 to 90+ mil and it's going to hit those numbers so mission accomplished on that front. It still headed for over 200mil and that's a good total to have.
Bad reviews often correlate with how well sequels end up doing, not just how well the original movie does. Batman Begins is one example, it did poorly at the box office (~350 million), probably the legacy of Batman and Robin. But word of mouth built over several years that "actually, it was really good", then when Dark Knight came out, 1 billion dollars. Tomb Raider is the opposite case.
Marvel is building a franchise. Every good movie helps their future films make profits, and every bad movie undermines that effort.