• Anthony Piseno

Avengers Endgame: The End of Success for the MCU?

I like many others flocked to the theaters to see Marvel's great cinematic universe come to an end when Avengers Endgame was released. I have now watched it multiple times and something that has always been a bother has come to my attention especially when looking at the line up of Phase 4. While Endgame has its issues with continuity and plot holes the film manages to touch basis with the "social justice" community that has plagued social media for a few years now.

About five or so minutes in we get a meeting held by Captain America with individuals who are struggling after "the dusting", Joe Russo plays an openly gay character, in a scene that barley pushes the plot we get a scene that initially says "hey guys! A gay man!" Next, we have the Captain Marvel character played by the openly sexist feminist Brie Larson who got along with no one on set and that animosity leaks into the film. Every scene Brie pridefully stands chest pushed forward and comments about her individuality and physical strength even a short hair cut is sported. Finally, it is the assembly of female heroes to defend Captain Marvel to fight Thanos in a forced moment during the finale.

Phase 4 seems to be pushing diversify with the MCU characters; content such as Shang-Chi, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Wandavision, and Thor: Love and Thunder, featuring Natalie Portman as the Female Thor, is part of Marvel's new phase. Half of which are shown to be featured on Disney Plus and the other two feature films Phase 4 is not looking very strong. Who has heard of Shang-Chi? The young teenage Ms. Marvel? Or She-Hulk? The only reason these characters would be chosen is for the sake of Marvel's diversity initiative all started from Endgame and a few moments throughout the other films.

Diversity is not a bad thing, neither is it something that can ruin a film, but forced diversity is something else. The hashtag #gowokegetbroke is a very realistic notion as films such as Charlie's Angels (2019), Ghostbusters (2016) and Birds of Prey were all financial disasters and had forced social justice narratives. These films should be warnings to Kevin Feige and Disney as they push a narrative that divides an audience and when your film explicitly excludes males it can only be seen as sexist. The issue is while these social justice narratives are attempting to put an end to patriarchy they are merely justifying another wrong and as we all know two wrongs never make a right.

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