December 3, 2019
With its Marvel franchises, Disney made the most profitable series of blockbuster films in history by remaining more or less completely apolitical. There is of course nothing that is completely apolitical, but the films actually felt largely like the comic books I spent the 1990s reading.
Then came Black Panther, which was literally “we wuz kangs” the movie, and Captain Marvel, horrible feminist tripe on par with the all-female Ghostbusters movie. It appeared as though Avengers: Endgame would be the last and final apolitical Marvel film, as they announced that the films were moving into a “new phase” using new characters.
It appeared that the comic books of the 10s had been a material-building exercise for these new films.
During the last ten years, Marvel has replaced Captain America with a black man.
Replaced Thor with a woman.
Replaced Ms. Marvel with a Pakistani female.
Replaced Nova with a Latino boy.
Further, they also introduced new “diverse” characters that could replace the main characters.
Doctor Voodoo is a black man designed to replace Dr. Strangle.
Riri Ironheart is a black female designed to replace Iron Man.
Miles Morales is “an alternate reality version” of Spider-Man, who is half-black and half-Mexican (and he’s already been featured in a feature animated film).
I fully expected Disney to start hitting us with these characters.
However, I think there was definitely a pretty serious discussion among the executives of that company after the implosion of the Star Wars franchise, which was at least in part due to allowing J.J. Abrams to force Hebrew multicultural and feminist propaganda into the films, and partially due to the replacement of the beloved characters of the series with these multicultural and feminist characters. A discussion about just how “woke” you can go and still expect people to buy tickets to these films.
The trailer for the new Black Widow film looks purposefully apolitical, a continuation of the original Marvel films, and not a continuation of the “woke” pattern established in Black Panther and Captain Marvel. Of course, there is the “strong woman” trope, but that’s been around forever, and is only really despised in its ultra-feminist version, where the character, like Rey from Star Wars or Michael from Star Trek, is all powerful and can do anything simply because she is a woman. That is to say “women can have character arcs and struggle to develop like men” is categorically different from “women are simply better than men, so when they break free from male oppression, they can literally do anything.”
Black Widow, from what I can tell, is a normal spy film with science fiction elements along the lines of Captain America: Winter Soldier (which is my favorite of the Marvel films that I’ve seen, despite my strong dislike of Chris Evans).
The film appears to feature a mostly white cast, and takes place in part in Budapest, a very white city.
Furthermore, it appears that Scarlett Johansson, who is 35 and getting too old for the role (and died in Avengers: Endgame; this film takes place before that in continuity), will be replaced with Yelena Belova, a white character from the comics played by a white woman, Florence Pugh.
I expect there will still be a lot of politically correct messages in the film, and probably some kind of anti-Russian message. The film is directed by an Australian woman, Cate Shorthand, who converted to Judaism when she married her Jewish husband. But overall, it appears that they are definitely playing it safe with this film.
I suspect that the pattern will be to do one on, one off with wokeness, as they try to acclimate the audience to this new model of film. And they’ve already begun that with Black Panther and Captain Marvel, with each release in-between normal Marvel Cinematic Universe films.
We already know that Thor will be replaced with Natalie Portman in the next film.
I’m not sure why she isn’t too old for that role, especially given that these movies are released three and four years apart, but okay.
A black guy has also been announced to replace Captain America in the films, and will take up the role in a TV show on Disney+.
Black Widow is scheduled for release on May 1, 2020.
That is to be followed by The Eternals, which has no trailer yet, on November 6, 2020. It has a totally diverse cast, and I expect that it will be fully woke.
On February 2021, you have Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which appears to be intended to be a Chinese version of Black Panther. I do hope the Chinese have the sense to ban its release, but they probably won’t.
On May 7, 2021 is the second Doctor Strange film, which I expect will be normal and not woke. Though they may introduce the above mentioned Doctor Voodoo.
Finally, on November 5, 2021, you have Thor 4, which as stated will introduce the female Thor. This will be the first “integrated” Marvel film, where you have the passing of the torch from one of the old white male characters to a new diverse character.
I’m not going to watch any of these films, of course.
But I am interested in the process they’ve developed to suck people into this universe and then start slowly replacing the characters with virulent diversity. And it appears they will use a “carrot and stick” method of giving people the carrot of the classic film format, and then beating them with the diversity stick.