- Anonymous asked
I don’t know, I think there’s something a bit off about the notion that the only way to make the Black Panther successful is to make him a clone of Batman.
But that’s not really the issue here, is it? And you’re mistaking the goal.
We’re telling a Captain America story, plain and simple.
For all of the folks that wrote in about this: I’m sorry that there are no longer any white male heroes in comics that you can relate to.
If women and minorities taking on major superhero character roles (while the main characters are still prominently featured and going on new journeys) is offensive to you: PLEASE JUST UNFOLLOW THIS BLOG. No need to reblog me just to complain about “political correctness” and “pandering” and both of them being “shoved down your throat.” Write your own post. I’m not interested in your note.
On the subject of Falcap, specifically: Were you whining when Bucky Barnes took over the job? Do you even read the comics? You loved Captain America: The Winter Soldier, though, right? So maybe there’s a reason why this particular change is getting under your skin. Sam Wilson will be the seventh person in Marvel Universe continuity to be called Captain America. And he’ll be awesome.
If you can’t like Captain America anymore because he’s black, there’s a word for that.
The moves Marvel is making now will have a greater impact on race and gender relations in this country than any politician or activist.— Dan Hevia (@DanHevia) July 17, 2014
Right now we have an X-Men franchise that has sidelined Kitty Pryde, completely mishandled Storm, Emma Frost and Rogue, robbed Jean Grey of any agency, and has yet to properly introduce Psylocke, Jubilee and Polaris.
The latest film does feature a number of non-white characters, but every single one of them (Storm, Blink, Sunspot, Warpath, Bishop) is relegated to outside guard duty while all of the white characters (Xavier, Magneto, Kitty, Wolverine) handle the important, emotion-heavy, world-saving work.
There’s even been a surprisingly anti-international slant towards one of the most international teams in comics as Colossus, Banshee, Quicksilver and Storm all lost their cultural identities in the transition from page to screen.
Can I just say that one of my very favorite parts of Winter Soldier was Nick Fury cocking an eyebrow at the police officers side-eyeing his expensive vehicle and sneering, “You wanna see my lease?”
Because the idea of Nick Motherfucking Fury having to deal with shit as disgusting and petty as racial profiling is sort of painfully realistic and heartbreaking. He’s hugely, massively powerful, and he’s sitting in his bulletproof car pondering decisions of worldwide import, but also he gets pulled over sometimes and asked for his registration because the police assume he stole it.
Ack. I was just so pleased that they included that line.
yeah the import of that really struck me the second time I watched the movie.
The driving while black bit was one of my favorite parts.
Yeah, this really struck me the second time when I wasn’t just sitting there terrified his car would blow up at any moment. It really makes you think of all the shit he had to go through to get where he is today and still the police give him the side eye when he drives up in an expensive car. Also, obviously we find out later they’re HYDRA agents but the car chase scene is literally a bunch of white guys in police uniforms shooting at a single black man and it’s an image we’ve seen a million times (on the news, in the movies, even on Agents of Shield with Mike Peterson) only this time the police are the bad guys and we’re rooting for Nick. I just thought, especially in the context of scene preceding it where it’s made clear that Nick’s had to deal with racism and profiling that it was a interesting choice to make HYDRA the police.
Or as he’s driving through the city with all these people disguised as cops chasing him and shooting at him and knowing that nobody would even think that he might be innocent and in need of help.
That last comment was my thought too, while I was watching that scene. Nobody’s going to help him. Nobody’s going to think that maybe something’s wrong with this picture even though there are like a billion cops with bazookas and explosives and shit chasing one single black buy in an SUV. Nobody’s going to think outside that one narrative.
One might point out that while these specific white cops were HYDRA agents rather than racists (unless they were also racists), the way Nick says it implies this wouldn’t be the first time.
HYDRA comes from Nazis. I don’t know you get HYDRA as NOT being racists. From the side-eye the cops give, to what’s his face calling Sam ‘boy’, to the general disregard of Natasha as a woman, despite knowing what she is/her training - like?
But yeah, Fury does say it like it’s not at all the first time.
Like seriously there was someone who leapt to defend Hydra.
"These specific white men were Nazis rather than racists."