Well, it’s been a few days now. Many fans are still recovering from the emotional onslaught that is Avengers: Endgame. For many, the film was the perfect (or at least near-perfect) culmination of eleven years’ worth of MCU storytelling. What began with Jon Favreau’s Iron Man in 2008 came to an effectively satisfying conclusion with Endgame. Notwithstanding, some fans still took issue with the film, and one scene in particular.
[WARNING: The remainder of this article contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. Read on at your own risk.]
In order to survive and stop Thanos for good, the Avengers and all their allies must play the most epic game of keep-away ever. The Infinity Stones are embedded in what’s being called the Stark Gauntlet. Thanos is desperate to get his hands on (in?) it to this time snap all of earth’s life out of existence. The Stark Gauntlet ends up in Captain Marvel’s hands, and she must fight through a horde of Chitauri in order to try and destroy the stones. Joining her in the Avengers: Endgame ultimate “girl power” moment are Nebula, Scarlet Witch, Shuri and other women of the MCU. And people are upset. And by “people”, I generally mean men. The question is why?
Fans take issue with Endgame’s girl power
Here are just a few of the representative comments men are making on Twitter. Some are relative innocuous, being general complaints that the scene was “forced”, or notations that the scene was possibly politically motivated, like this:
Then there’s this guy who said the scene “bugged him”:
Some commenters went to more vulgar extremes, like this gem of a human being who called the scene bullsh*t:
All of this begs the question: What’s the big deal with a little girl power in Avengers: Endgame?
For eleven years testosterone has dominated the MCU. In fact, the franchise even made fun of itself for that fact, in a scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron. (Maria Hill pokes fun at Thor and Tony Stark’s “my girlfriend is better than your girlfriend” comparison.) With few exceptions, the majority of the MCU has focused on male accomplishment. So why do people have an issue with this one scene of Avengers: Endgame? Watching the strong women of the MCU band together is really that bothersome? There were other flaws with the film, certainly. I don’t particularly see how this scene is one of them.
Even if the scene was pandering, as the film’s writers seem to admit, so what? Why is it okay for Cap, Thor, Iron Man, Falcon, and the other guys to team up and kick some ass, but not the women? We’re talking one scene, out of a three hour movie, out of more than twenty films.
What are your thoughts on this subject? Were you okay with the girl power scene in Avengers: Endgame? And if not, why not? And how do you feel about the possibility of more diversity in the MCU going forward? Let us know in the comments.
Source: Vulture; Twitter