According to Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Fiege, the superhero franchise is getting ready to get woke and add a trangender superhero into their cinematic universe.
Asked by a fan at the New York Film Academy if there were any plans to add LGBT characters into forthcoming Marvel movies – “specifically trans characters” – Fiege said that was a big 10-4.
“Yes, absolutely, yes. And very soon,” Fiege promised. “In a movie that we’re shooting right now.”
The character, Fiege elaborated, will have the magical ability to use the wrong bathroom.
Okay, he didn’t say that.
Apparently having determined that after making 16 bajillion dollars at the box office with their “Avengers” franchise, they have carte blanche to do whatever they want, Marvel seems to be focusing on turning Phase 4 of their cinematic project into an excuse to push the walls of social justice forward. Already, it is confirmed that the upcoming movie “The Eternals” will feature the franchise’s first gay character, and the studio got some press for announcing the introduction of its first Asian-American superhero in the forthcoming “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
“You look at the success of Captain Marvel and Black Panther. We want the movies to reflect the audience and we want every member of our global audience to see themselves reflected on the screen,” Fiege said of the new direction.
Ah. We suppose that means we can look forward to elderly superheroes, obese superheroes, handicapped superheroes, and mentally deranged superheroes from Marvel in the near future.
We’ve seen some articles speculating about which movie will feature the trans character, what type of character it will be, and all the rest, but who really cares? This is just another attempt to normalize the un-normalizable, and the best thing we can all do is reject it out of hand. A cross-dressing, seriously confused superhero could make for some fine comedy, but we’re certain that this is not how Marvel will treat the character. No, he/she/they will be used to lecture the audience on the values of Hollywood – as if anyone watching actually needs another one of those.
Avengers: Endgame was pretty good, and we might just have to collectively pretend the whole thing stopped there. It looks like things are headed in a pretty stupid direction.