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Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch on Marvel’s Doctor Strange shortlist
With Doctor Strange casting rumours continuing to come thick and fast, Deadline reports that Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch are two of the names on Marvel’s current shortlist…

Is Marvel even considering actors of color for this role?   Are they really going to tell the white dude travels to the Himalayas and acquires mystical powers story twice (with Iron Fist, too)?   Is every single Marvel movie going to center around a white guy?

(Extra irony that both of these actors have played whitewashed characters and furthered their careers.)

totalfilm:

Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch on Marvel’s Doctor Strange shortlist

With Doctor Strange casting rumours continuing to come thick and fast, Deadline reports that Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch are two of the names on Marvel’s current shortlist…

Is Marvel even considering actors of color for this role? Are they really going to tell the white dude travels to the Himalayas and acquires mystical powers story twice (with Iron Fist, too)? Is every single Marvel movie going to center around a white guy?

(Extra irony that both of these actors have played whitewashed characters and furthered their careers.)

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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.

By

Brett White from CBR: in order for the X-Men to survive, they need to diversify.

p.s.

First, Bryan Singer has to go. This may come as a surprise considering that I just heaped a ton of praise on the director’s latest film, but I’ve done so while also purposely avoiding mentioning his name. Based on the sexual abuse allegations currently piling up around him, I just feel icky — an understatement — giving the guy any praise.”

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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.

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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."

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William H. Foster III, comic book historian, on representation in comic books. From PBS’s Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle.

Because a post crossed my dash recently asking why we need to push for more representation in comic books and media in general. 50 years later, this man still tears up because in one panel, Peter Parker spoke to an unnamed black kid. That’s why we need representation.

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I was a middle-class half-Korean boy growing up in Texas, not the orphaned daughter of an African-American photographer and an African princess growing up in the streets of Cairo. But Storm’s difference resonated with me — just by existing, she represented the idea that anyone could be a superhero, even me.

By Greg Pak on the impact of Storm (via fyeahlilbit3point0)
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[Spiderman] represents the everyman, but he represents the underdog and those marginalized who come up against great prejudice which I, as a middle-class straight, white man, don’t really understand so much. And when Stan Lee first wrote and created this character, the outcast was the computer nerd, was the science nerd, was the guy that couldn’t get the girl. Those guys now run the world. So how much of an outcast is that version of Peter Parker anymore? That’s my question.

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Part of Andrew Garfield’s response to people being all butthurt when he mentioned a possibility where Spiderman might not be straight.

Read More: On Andrew Garfield, Stan Lee, And A Bisexual Spider-Man

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It’ll be fun when Miles Morales takes over.

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When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, “Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.” That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino superhero. Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that.

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GAY PUNCHLINES, LGBT VISIBILITY AND MARVEL STUDIOS’ ONE-SHOT ‘ALL HAIL THE KING’
By Andrew Wheeler

And this is throwback, retrograde, oh-so-’80s being-gay-is-something-that-happens-in-prison frat house humor. And this is the first presentation of a same-sex relationship or anything resembling a gay character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe across eight movies, five one-shots, and fifteen episodes of television. And that is the part that burns.

As a gay man watching this, let me tell you how I respond. I try to laugh. Why do I try to laugh? Because that is the good, obedient, go-along-to-get-along thing to do. My identity is being presented up there on the screen as something that should make the audience laugh, and I am conditioned to think that I should find this funny and laugh along and not cause a scene — even though I am watching this movie on my own and there is no-one here to cause a scene for.

We are so used to being clowns for the majority audience that I feel like I’m letting people down if I don’t laugh. I feel like I’m inconveniencing straight people if I say, “Please sir, can I not be the punchline?” Do you know how painful that is? How shameful it is? How it makes me want to cry that I would want to laugh at being dehumanised rather than stand up and protest, because I’ve been led to think that protesting makes me a bad person? Do you know how it stings to feel conditioned to want to betray oneself like that?

Some of you surely do. Which begs the question: Why is our entertainment making us feel like this?

And it turns out I can’t laugh. Not today. Not any more. Because I am not a clown. And I want better from Marvel Studios than this.


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GAY PUNCHLINES, LGBT VISIBILITY AND MARVEL STUDIOS’ ONE-SHOT ‘ALL HAIL THE KING’

By Andrew Wheeler

And this is throwback, retrograde, oh-so-’80s being-gay-is-something-that-happens-in-prison frat house humor. And this is the first presentation of a same-sex relationship or anything resembling a gay character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe across eight moviesfive one-shots, and fifteen episodes of television. And that is the part that burns.

As a gay man watching this, let me tell you how I respond. I try to laugh. Why do I try to laugh? Because that is the good, obedient, go-along-to-get-along thing to do. My identity is being presented up there on the screen as something that should make the audience laugh, and I am conditioned to think that I should find this funny and laugh along and not cause a scene — even though I am watching this movie on my own and there is no-one here to cause a scene for.

We are so used to being clowns for the majority audience that I feel like I’m letting people down if I don’t laugh. I feel like I’m inconveniencing straight people if I say, “Please sir, can I not be the punchline?” Do you know how painful that is? How shameful it is? How it makes me want to cry that I would want to laugh at being dehumanised rather than stand up and protest, because I’ve been led to think that protesting makes me a bad person? Do you know how it stings to feel conditioned to want to betray oneself like that?

Some of you surely do. Which begs the question: Why is our entertainment making us feel like this?

And it turns out I can’t laugh. Not today. Not any more. Because I am not a clown. And I want better from Marvel Studios than this.

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Y’ALL. I am legitimately sick of white characters being better at Asian cultures than Asian characters.What if Marvel cast an Asian American Iron Fist for their Netflix Original Series? WHAT IF?Let’s make it so!

18 MillionandRising has launched a petition asking Marvel to cast an Asian American to play Iron Fist!    Think of all the problematic stuff this casting would fix!

Click here to  sign the  petition!

18mr:

Y’ALL. I am legitimately sick of white characters being better at Asian cultures than Asian characters.

What if Marvel cast an Asian American Iron Fist for their Netflix Original Series? WHAT IF?

Let’s make it so!

18 MillionandRising has launched a petition asking Marvel to cast an Asian American to play Iron Fist! Think of all the problematic stuff this casting would fix! Click here to sign the petition!