Chris Pratt’s ‘Avengers’ Co-Stars Are Vigorously Defending Him While People Are Curious About Brie Larson

The Internet can be an ugly place. (Shocking, I know.) Things got especially messy over the weekend, though, when the “Worst Chris” Twitter fight heated up again over the weekend. Perhaps the news that many Avengers (other than Chris Pratt) were onboard a Joe Biden fundraiser didn’t help, but yep, Chris Pratt ended up “winning” the title this time around. Katherine Schwarzenegger felt the need to defend her husband, and people were bringing up Pratt’s religious and (alleged) political beliefs (and that cat story), and yes, all not very fun stuff. Some O.G. Avengers are now defending Pratt, which is now stirring up another controversy: why didn’t they step up for Brie Larson?

Yep, a few of Pratt’s Marvel Cinematic Universe co-stars are stridently supporting Pratt. Namely, they’d like everyone to know that it’s not cool to call Pratt “worse” than the other Chrises in unwitting contention (Evans, Hemsworth, and Pine). Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., hopped into view with a vigorous statement that does not defend Star-Lord (who genuinely is the worst) but the man who portrays him.

“What a world…” Downey wrote. “The ‘sinless’ are casting stones at my #brother, Chris Pratt… A real #Christian who lives by #principle, has never demonstrated anything but #positivity and #gratitude… AND he just married into a family that makes space for civil discourse and (just plain fact) INSISTS on service as the highest value. If you take issue with Chris,,, I’ve got a novel idea. Delete your social media accounts, sit with your OWN defects of #character, work on THEM, then celebrate your humanness.”

Mark Ruffalo then Hulked-out on Twitter to declare Pratt to be “as solid a man there is.” He added, “I know him personally, and instead of casting aspersions, look at how he lives his life. He is just not overtly political as a rule. This is a distraction. Let’s keep our eyes on the prize, friends. We are so close now.”

James Gunn retweeted Ruffalo to call Pratt “the best dude,” and the Guardians of the Galaxy director added, “Please stop assuming what he believes, politically or in any other way, because he’s a Christian.”

Ruffalo has a point. The world is burning while a pandemic rages, and U.S. racial tensions are at an all-time apex in 2020, and people are piling onto the Chrises as a contest. It is silly and mean, yes. However, people aren’t exactly thrilled with how this situation compares to what Brie Larson has endured since signing onto Captain Marvel. The film was fake-review bombed by sexist trolls that endlessly harassed Larson, who couldn’t even pick up the Thor hammer without making some nerds angry. It’s true that Don Cheadle and Chadwick Boseman stepped up to support Larson, but people are wondering why the O.G. Avengers stayed relatively quiet.

It’s a fair argument: why defend one co-star but not the other? Regardless of what happens next — 2020, please calm the heck down soon.