Marvel Comics has jumped full force into the world of identity politics with its new Captain Marvel movie that was apparently made for “intersectional feminists,” and not those stinkin’ white men.
The new film stars actress Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, a character that started out as a male back in the 1970s but whose powers were conferred on a woman in the 1980s. Many Marvel movie fans claim that this film is the main focus of the last ten years of marvel movies and represents the next “stage” in the Marvel movie franchise.
But if that is the case, the studio has just put a dampener on its whole fantasy movie world by essentially telling white men that they aren’t wanted as fans.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the new Captain Marvel film features, “Intergalactic odd couple Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson” who “return to 1995 to fight aliens,” and apparently sexism.
Star Brie Larson goes even farther saying the film is about “intersectional feminism.”
Larson responded to a question about her character’s relationship to the Monica Rambeau character (actress Lashana Lynch) and Larson replied that the whole point was “intersectional feminism.”
“I think because it’s 2019, and what 2019 is about, really, is intersectional feminism. There’s just no question that we would have to show what it means to be all different kinds of women, that we don’t just have one type. It became a great opportunity, even with things like the love story. [We wanted] to make that big love— that lost love, that love that’s found again—be with [Carol’s] best friend. To show that, that’s incredibly powerful and gripping, and you could go to the ends of the Earth and fight till the end for your best friend. It’s perfect to me and so meaningful. To me, that’s a part of what the meditation of this movie is: It’s female strength, but what is female strength? What are the different ways that can look?”
In another interview, Lynch celebrated single motherhood as if that was an ideal situation we should all praise.
“Her being a fighter pilot along with a single mother is her superhero quality,” Lynch told Nerdist about her character in the film. “That is absolutely her superpower. Being a single mother, especially a Black single mother, having been raised by one and my grandmother, I know that there’s just a certain type of strength that comes ancestrally.”
“Ancestrally”? What nonsense is that?
So there you have it. This movie is for single black mothers and feminists. Men — especially white ones — need not apply.
Meanwhile, the only reviewers who think this movie is great are the ones whose only concern is pushing giiiiirrrrrl power.
Everyone else is saying Captain Marvel is just OK. Nothing to write home about. Not a terrible film, but not a stand out.
Sounds like a wait for video, huh?
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