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Disney’s Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of 22 prior movies connecting the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), made an astounding $1.2 billion at the global box office this weekend. [‘Avengers: Endgame’ Sets Global Box Office Record: $1.2 Billion, by Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg, April 28, 2019] But the plot signals the end of the line for MCU white super heroes—and consequently, I predict, for the series. Call it America: The Microcosm.

It was seven years ago when a bunch of white superheroes got together to save the world in The Avengers: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye, The Hulk and the Black Widow. the foundational characters the entire MCU was built upon (See my The Avengers—“A Bunch Of White Guys Saving The World”? Can’t Have That!).

ORDER IT NOW

SPOILER ALERT: what follows will include spoilers about plot of Avengers: Endgame, so if you haven’t seen the movie you may want to stop here].

When we last saw our heroes in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, the villain Thanos had shockingly vanquished the Avengers, snapping his fingers, thanks to his capture of the Infinity Stones, and killing off half of the MCU universe’s population: Black Panther, Spiderman, Falcon, the Winter Soldier, and Doctor Strange were all turned to dust.

Avengers: Endgame is set five years into the grim future after our heroes have lost. All of the original white heroes from 2012’s The Avengers are still alive: Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr., is happily married and has a child; Captain America (played by Donald Trump-hating Chris Evans) is leading a support group for those who survived Thanos’ finger-snap and want to move on, a process that includes listening to a gay man talk about a date he went on (a “First Openly Gay Character In Marvel Superhero Film” moment); Thor, the God of Thunder, has developed PTSD, after failing to stop Thanos, has put on 50 pounds and become an alcoholic; Hawkeye’s entire family was killed via the finger snap; Hulk and Black Widow continue.

Let’s jump directly to the SPOILERS!!!, since this piece is less about the movie and more about where the Disney’s MCU franchise (and America) is headed in the future.

Our heroes figure out the way to stop Thanos’ finger-snap massacre is to travel back in time and collect the six Infinity Stones to stop the act from taking place, and to bring back all those who were killed.

As only celluloid allows, our heroes succeed, but at extraordinary cost: Iron Man sacrifices himself and dies saving humanity by killing off Thanos and his allies; Captain America, who in Captain America: The First Avenger saved the US from a nuclear strike by the Nazis only to be frozen for 70 years in ice, survives, but goes back in time to 1945 to live the rest of his life with Peggy Carter, right (whom he had fallen in love with and promised a dance, only to be denied by his sacrifice in stopping the nuclear strike and being frozen).

The movie ends with Captain America an old, fragile man, on the verge of death. He gives up his shield to his friend, the Falcon—who is black and is presumably to become the new Captain America.

So, just as I predicted in my review of Captain Marvel, Disney has killed off the two white characters who were the very heart and foundation of the MCU franchise. Also, the Black Widow (played by the beautiful Scarlett Johansson. left), is killed off. Oh, and our obese God of Thunder has decided to hand over power of Asgard, the citadel of power, to a black Valkyrie (Norse mythology has been bastardized into a multi-cultural fantasy).

Don’t get me wrong, Avengers: Endgame is an enjoyable movie, primarily because it allows Iron Man and Captain America to be heroic without any lectures of their unearned white privilege or toxic masculinity. Unquestionably, this is their movie, with the blond haired/blue eyed Captain America and white scientific genius in Iron Man/ Tony Stark/ (along with our Norse god, Thor) dominating the screen time. [The REAL battle of the Avengers: How male superheroes in new £694m Endgame movie enjoy three times more screen-time than female characters, by Henry Martin, Daily Mail, April 25, 2019]

But they are all, effectively, killed off. These white characters will play no part the future MCU sequels.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, the architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has directly addressed the problem of whiteness at the core of the movies and promised whites will be phased out:

“I think that in the movies we’ve already made, and certainly in the movies that are coming up, it will be as inclusive a group of characters as one could want,” Feige told Vulture. “For us, it’s important that we don’t feel like a completely white, European cast”…

In several cases — including The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Solider and Avengers: Age of Ultron — Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury, has been the sole top-billed person of color in the movies in which he appears.

[10 years in, the Marvel Cinematic Universe still lacks diversity – and these 4 graphs prove it, By Tim Mulkerin, Mic.com, April 21, 2018]

But the new woke Forbes Magazine added: think of the Hispanics!

Actors of white or Caucasian descent are the majority at 61% of the entire group. This means that more than three out of every five significant actors are white. When we consider just the Major Characters that number spikes to 69%, as a whopping 56 of the 81 major actors fit in this category. Many of the franchise’s most important characters are white, including Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man (Iron Man), Chris Evans’ Captain America (Captain America: The First Avenger), Chris Hemsworth’s Thor (Thor), and many others.

However, one statistic is shamefully off. the MCU’s representation of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino actors stands at only 4%. Meanwhile, the Census tells us that this subgroup actually accounts for 18.1% of the population.

[The Marvel Cinematic Universe is 61% White, But Does That Matter?, by Anhar Karim, Forbes, October 10, 2018]

However, whiteness, although deemed the greatest liability and detriment to life in the Current Year (as well as to the past and the future), has also been the unspoken driving force behind the popularity of the MCU.

Avengers: Endgame is poised to be the biggest movie of all time, but what does this mean for the MCU that three of the original white Avengers will play no part in the franchise moving forward?

Well, the Journofa are claiming people of color will fill the void:

Most of the oldest, most classic comic book characters are white, and Marvel has stayed close to canon in that regard. (Nick Fury, notably, was changed to match his 2001 Ultimate Marvel comics counterpart [This is confusing. Fury, in the 1960s comics a working-class white soldier from Hell’s Kitchen (right) was changed from black to white PC reasons in the comic book series. Then the black comic-book Fury was redrawn to match Samuel L. Jackson.]). Yet the overwhelming success of Black Panther, 18 films in, reveals a missed opportunity to have introduced more non-white leads sooner. The DC Extended Universe sidestepped adherence to canon entirely by casting the Polynesian Jason Momoa as the traditionally white Aquaman, and his film is now the highest grossing DC film of all time.

The lack of more leads of color is a painfully noticeable issue, but with contracts ending for most of the original Avengers, and with Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, no longer reporting to the more conservative Isaac Perlmutter, the hope is that this will change going into Phase 4. “There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after,” Feige told Vanity Fair.

And the groundwork has certainly been laid for a diverse new slate of films. All of the Avengers leaving – Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk – have counterparts of marginalized identities who could fill the role, like Miss America, Ironheart, She-Hulk and Goddess Thor. If Endgame ends up being as mind-bending as expected, it’s not impossible that some of these alternate universe characters could be ported over. Spider-Man: Homecoming teased the possibility of Miles Morales, and Captain Marvel introduced Monica Rambeau, who in the comics grows up to be the superhero known as Spectrum. There’s also hope Captain Marvel will one day introduce Kamala Khan, the first Muslim superhero to helm her own Marvel comic. And just yesterday it was announced Destin Daniel Cretton will direct a Shang-Chi film, making it the first Marvel film led by an Asian character. As Captain Marvel herself says, “Higher, further, faster, baby.”

[White hero, sidekick of color: why Marvel needs to break the cycle, by Clara Mae, The Guardian, March 15, 2019, links in original]

But “Higher, further, faster, baby” is only possible courtesy of the white characters who were the foundation of this massive universe. We’ll soon see how well this new diverse slate of characters can perform without that heavy lifting. Certainly, Captain Marvel, although a box office success, shows unmistakably decreased momentum.

The identity politics and tribalism propelling Black Panther to such a monstrous hit was almost entirely due to blacks flocking to the theater again and again and again to see their beloved Wakanda, an African nation free of the hands of whites (derisively called “colonizers” in the movie). Whereas blacks were only 17 percent of the share of the audience for Avengers: Infinity War, they represented a staggering 35 percent of the audience for Black Panther.

Whites represented 36 percent of the audience for Black Panther and 48 percent of the audience for Avengers: Infinity War. Interestingly, although not one character in either movie was Hispanic, the Latino share of the audience for Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War was 18 percent and 21 percent respectively. Asians were 10 percent of the audience for Avengers: Infinity War and 6 percent for Black Panther. [2018 THEME REPORT: A Comprehensive Analysis and Survey of the Theatrical and Home Entertainment Market Environment, MPAA.org, March, 2019]

In other words, an incredible $245 million of Black Panther domestic box office ($700 million) came from the black community. If segregated by itself, that would have accounted for the 7th highest grossing movie in 2018. White theater goers, although still a vastly larger demographic in the U.S., represented just $252 million of Black Panther’s overall box office.

For Avengers: Infinity War, blacks represented $115 million (of $678 million), whereas whites were $325 million of the overall box office. To put it simply, whites showed a 29 percent increase in seeing Avengers: Infinity War versus Black Panther. But for black theater goers, their percentage of the box office for Avengers: Infinity War dropped a whopping 53 percent from what they contributed to Black Panther.

The unifying theme behind The Avengers and the MCU was always the characters of Captain America and Iron Man. They are gone now, white heroes who have no place in the future. Instead, the MCU is about to embrace wokeness, with whiteness no longer holding back the multi-racial/multi-religious future:

In a recent interview with the BBC, Kevin Feige set hearts aflutter when he said: “We’re doing Captain Marvel right now. Captain Marvel‘s shooting right now with Brie Larson. Ms. Marvel, which is another character in the comic books, the Muslim hero who is inspired by Captain Marvel, is definitely sort of in the works. We have plans for that once we’ve introduced Captain Marvel to the world.” Ms. Marvel is the alter ego of Muslim teen Kamala Khan. So, if you’re counting, along with Peter Parker and Stephen Strange, we can expect African, Asian, Muslim, and female heroes fleshing out the slate as Marvel forges ahead in a post-Avengers world.

[Marvel’s Incredibly Diverse Post-Avengers 4 Plans Are Starting to Take Shape: The studio has kept quiet on what’s coming next, but details are slowly leaking out—starting with a Shang-Chi movie., by Joanna Robinson, Vanity Fair, December 3, 2018]

So perhaps there was a reason Captain America went back in time at the end of Avengers: Endgame—he’d rather live with is own people, with the love of his life and in a country he can still call his own.

Because of the original white heroes from 2012’s The Avengers, Iron Man is dead; Black Widow is dead; Captain America is effectively dead; Hawkeye has retired to his family and farm; the Hulk appears marginalized; Thor has handed off rule of Asgard to a black woman.

Avengers: Endgame is an enjoyable movie and it will perhaps be the biggest money maker of all time (at least in non-inflation-adjusted terms). But it seems like a farewell, a wake for those white heroes who made the entire MCU possible.

All Disney has now left for the MCU is Social Justice Warrior lecturing to those still participating in post-Captain America/Iron Man/ whiteness world.

My guess: it won’t work.

Paul Kersey[Email him] is the author of the blog SBPDL, and has published the books Opiate of America: College Football in Black and White and Second City Confidential: The Black Experience in Chicagoland. His latest book is The Tragic City: Birmingham 1963-2013.

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  1. Comic books are a bit too much for me to worry about. I understand this is more representative about the darkening of the ‘great American hero’ and the desire to thrust the black man forward in the vacant role.

    I get it.

    But with all the other real life crap going on in the world, I really have no time to fork over my share of $1.2 billion to go sit in a dark theater and filter through all the messages I’m being bombarded with.

    With those kinds of dollars, Disney clearly doesn’t care about how I feel, nor would I if the roles were reversed. It’s gonna happen and you and I can’t stop it. Let them kill the franchise and go find something else to do!

    Same with James Bond. Rumors were a bit ago that they were going to retire Daniel Craig and install a black man in the role. My immediate reaction was ‘franchise is dead’ and moved on.

    I can find plenty to do without James Bond or comic books or feetsball sports. Know why? I’m an adult now. These are simple, mindless leisure activities and if they change to my dislike, I find another. Do the same. Read a book. Write a book! Brush up on your shooting skills. Learn a side trade.

    So much credence and importance are given to these unimportant dalliances when the issues loom over us.

    You want something to be concerned about? The list is long, friends.

  2. Well, to be fair, the concept of Thor and the Halfrican Valkyrie works because it effectively sidelines Valkyrie from ever appearing again, and gives Thor the freedom to adventure all over the place with the Guardians of the Galaxy or whomever without regard with having to worry about the government of Asgard. While being the king is cool, it effectively retires the character from active adventuring.

  3. Even as a kid, I found Marvel Comics and its characters pretentious and oversensitive. I’m a DC man all the way.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @anon19
    , @anonymous
  4. Anon[277] • Disclaimer says:
    @Adolf Verloc

    “Even as a kid, I found Marvel Comics and its characters pretentious and oversensitive. ”

    I agree; I think the word you’re looking for is … Jewish.

    See my “Green Nazis in Space (Counter-Currents, 2015)

    • Replies: @anonymous
  5. I like the actual comics, the old hand-drawn Marvel comics. There is an art to contour-line drawing, coupled with a flatter style of shading. I also liked the old Disney movies from the Eighties and Nineties—before everything had to include an identity-politics lesson. Those characters were created with the same formal virtuosity, but using digital tools. It’s hard to infuse too much PC sloganeering into stylized fishes and mermaids. The more naturalistic the characters, the more they try to employ them in the service of propaganda.

    It looks like the modern Marvel movies are traveling along the trajectory of America’s politics, with Trump being the last hoorah for whites who want to believe in the Great Man theory of history. For those of us who wanted a Superhero POTUS who would tackle the real policy issues, the verdict is in and not good. For those who wanted an Antihero POTUS, taking on the annoying Establishment WWF style just for entertainment purposes without really doing anything about mass-scale immigration, ratings are up for the MSM.

    BatMan is not going to save Gotham.

    Robin is just a lackey in a snagged pair of tights.

    Little Red Riding Hood sued the Big Bad Wolf for sexual harassment and then lost all of her money playing the stock market’s slot machines, trying to be a Wall Street Wolf herself.

    Cinderella popped out a few kids for the Prince and then turned into a bigger b**** than her stepsisters, firing the help for using the wrong kind of glass cleaner on her precious slippers.

    Snow White threw the seven dwarfs out of their own home to make room for her new boyfriend, putting up a sign in the yard: No Midgets Allowed.

    Goldilocks found out the bears’ Made-in-China chairs were broken, and that their porridge was not just too hot but GMO, so she sent them to her website, where she sells the same stuff with deceptive labeling that makes the products sound purer in a Fair Trade kind of way: Made-in-America (Latin America) & non-GMO (not Grown Mainly Organically).

    ….and the Dish ran away with the Loon.

  6. The level of immaturity inherent in adolescent comic book fantasies become wildly mainstream does not portend well for democracy, which has to presume some level of adult reasoning ability that is in steep decline.

    • Replies: @Oleaginous Outrager
  7. @Jim in Jersey

    Agreed. I would rather go to the movies and see a film about adult middle aged people and
    their relationships and circumstances, i.e. reality. But how many films like this are produced
    for white people? Look what won the best picture oscar this year, a film about a white bouncer
    who drives a gay, black concert pianist around to hotels in the segregated south. This checks
    all the boxes of something I would never watch. I haven’t seen a superhero movie in ages.
    I am in my 50s now.

    • Replies: @AceDeuce
  8. anon[653] • Disclaimer says:

    who watches this garbage?

    • Replies: @Aryan Racist
  9. @anon

    Apparently a whole lot of people given how much money it made.

  10. @Jim in Jersey

    Reading through Breitbart today and, low and behold, Daniel Craig is interviewed about the next James Bond being a female. He sees no reason Bond shouldn’t be a chick, or gay, or black…

    Of course, he isn’t ‘the guy in charge’ so I don’t understand why it’s even being reported but it’s almost like they heard me!! Are they spying through my Alexa? Have they commandeered my I-phone’s microphone? Or maybe Bond is just that good…

    So like I said, end the franchise. Who cares? Its a friggin movie with a friggen actor. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it.

    I sure won’t!

    • Replies: @Lurker
  11. Pontius says:

    When will the first trans superhero appear? Man-Girl? Boy-Woman? He-She Hulk? Captain Marvellous?

    Not nearly as progressive as they think they are!

  12. anonymous[314] • Disclaimer says:

  13. @Fran Macadam

    Modern culture is racing past juvenile into total toddlerhood. Many people “in the mainstream” today would be considered emotionally disturbed in a saner time and place.

  14. 216 says:

    Doing the job that Conservatism Inc won’t do

    • Replies: @Jim in Jersey
  15. @216

    ???

    Not sure if your meaning.

    I see one communist calling for wealth redistribution from another, wealthier communist.

    While I may dislike both men, it doesn’t make the appeal of communist tactics any more palatable.

    • Replies: @anon
  16. anonymous[290] • Disclaimer says:

    A number of people point out that this fantasy super-hero stuff is for kids and say just ignore it. However, they miss the point. The audience is juvenile, true enough, but it’s the target of brainwashing through the media, education system, etc. The young people are being targeted in their formative years which often flies beneath the radar of most adults. That’s how they’re trying to get their hooks into the minds of the upcoming generation.

    • Replies: @Lurker
  17. El Dato says:

    I will marathon Space Flicks instead. The hilarious Right Stuff, followed by First Man followed by Apollo 13 followed by Apollo 11. I will have to get something on the Soviets too…

    I was alive when those Moon Landings happened!

  18. How about a CAPTAIN INSANITY, where madness rules coupled with a CAPTAIN RIDICULOUS, whose dress code makes eveyone laugh to death, and a Make a WISH CAPTAIN, where his wishes turn true, and TACOMAN,whose tacos will kill after tasting and RAPMAN, whose rap song is so unbearable,it kills you, and finally but no least GAYMAN, who kills you by slapping you to death.

    • Replies: @Lurker
  19. AceDeuce says:
    @Aryan Racist

    Funny thing with that Green Book movie is how they harp on the kneegrow being “Dr. Shirley”, supposedly with 3 PhDs. The reviews endlessly echo that, as well.

    In real life, the colored boy piano player Don Shirley didn’t have a college degree of any kind, let alone a doctorate–let alone three. He nicknamed himself “Doctor”, so it was merely a phony nickname, much like Julius Erving, the black bakkbaw player.

    The BS propaganda never ends. Don’t buy any of it.

  20. RoHa says:

    The Hulk is gone? Who will represent the green demographic, then?

  21. All I can do is not see (not see??,😉) the crap negro movies. Thsts easy!

  22. Lurker says:
    @Jim in Jersey

    If Daniel Craig wants to keep his career, he knows he has to demonstrate fealty.

    Any interviewer asking him such questions can only lead to a list of approved answers. He can only deviate by going even woker than is required.

  23. Lurker says:
    @Common sense Joe

    and finally but no least GAYMAN, who kills you by slapping you to death

    Or using his pozzing ray – of course you take years to die. . .

  24. Lurker says:
    @anonymous

    That’s how they’re trying to get their hooks into the minds of the upcoming generation.

    I think ‘trying’ is too optimistic. They’ve already done it with previous generations as well as the upcoming one. Not 100% of course but still depressingly successful.

  25. anon[113] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jim in Jersey

    LOL. What did “pure capitalist” tactics brought you?

    Want to be true conservative and keep licking boots of big corporations while they are kicking you to death, or try something else?

    • Replies: @Jim in Jersey
  26. anon[113] • Disclaimer says:

    There is nothing “American” about Hollywood and hadn’t been for a long time. It is international big business whose target is the whole world.
    Why should they pander to shrinking minority of “white people” who will watch their products anyway (whether they are starring white, black, blue or furry characters)

  27. @anon

    Pure capitalist? Where do you see that?

    Still, ESL seems to be working just fine for you. Welcome to America.

    I wouldn’t mind pure capitalism. I’d sure like to stop the pure-socialism slide toward pure-communism we’ve been practicing for the past 60-75 years.

    Lots of places already practice what you’re looking for. Sounds like you came from one. Why not return and see how they feel about your opinions. Or, better yet, pick any one of the many failed socialist cesspools.

  28. anon[381] • Disclaimer says:

    I’m sure the Avengers franchise will survive. None of these movies have been particularly good and nearly all of them are greatly overrated. The target demographics for these things skew minority and bored suburban dads looking to relive saner childhood times; both demographics are easily impressed with CGI. So, I’d expect this train to continue for at least the next decade. People lack taste, are depressed with the state of the world*, and are easily impressed with trash these days. I further expect these things to go extremely woke once the filmmakers involved realize they don’t really need to please high IQ whites with quality material anymore but merely pander to their moronic target demographics with computer effects and dumb plots. Witness the inanity of Aquaman as an example (minus the wokeness … mostly). The movie made little sense and was littered with idiotic writing and myriad plot holes. Made gangbusters anyway, despite being trash.

    *Same reason why Gone With the Wind did so well: people were worried about the future and, thus, needed an outlet to ignore their anxieties; war was on the horizon and the Great Depression was still a thing. That filled seats. Same now: freedoms are being abolished, wars are clearly coming down the pipe – either economic or hot – and the great race replacement and grab bag is underway.

  29. With many action movies (say, in the 80s-90s vein) tanking and at best underperforming, the MCU respresented at least a so-so level of quality guarantee (in most, tho not all cases) for exorbidant ticket and concession stand prices.

    Other than ‘John Wick’, I’m trying to think of the last decent action movie, but I’m drawing a blank. Think of MCU as a chain burger joint, not the best, but consistent quality so you know what you’re getting.

    I was browbeaten by friends to go see the all female ‘Ghostbusters’ remake, and I still feel ripped off. Last movie I’ve seen at a theater.

  30. Che Guava says:

    Why not just avoid Marvel/’Disney’ (quotation marks because Walt will be spinning in his grave at the results of the Jewish takeover of his company).

    I haven’t watched a Marvel superhero movie since Fantastic Four, that was pretty dull except for Jessica Alba’s visual jokes.

    I did watch Nolan’s first and second Batman takes on video, but that is DC, not Marvel. Likewise, I attempted to watch Suicide Squad with a friend at the time, he has the mentality of a fruit-fly (relatively pale for a Carribean), so the plot was far too complicated, since his brain is solely produced by the negro fraction of his genes.

    Before that, only the Sony pics with McGuire as Spiderman.

    H gather from reading that the shitty custom in the USA of now is to make loud chimp-like noise throughout any film. That is unbelievable crude, and that it is appears to be generally acceptted is disgusting.

    I was a little tempted by Iron Man, I respect Downey Jr’s roles in Less than Zero (where he genuinely appears to have a nose-bleed from too much cocaine, and I do not think that it was acting) and A Scanner Darkly.

    The whole superhero genre is Jewish to its roots.

    Secret identities, etc.

    I used to read 1960s ‘underground comics’, and theiir 1980s successors, it was funny how they denigrated Disney and magnified degenerate Jewish projects that failed.

    I know that our pre- war animations were vastly superior.have seen many examples, a frame or two burnt out at times.

    Alright, the Marvel ‘Disney’ thing is just rubbish. It i is only what rich and stupid Jewish people want to reflect in ‘Disney’ now that they have had control and revenge for over thirty years.

    To continue on the theme of Western comics, I don’t like much, 2000AD, great at times, and Kevin o’Neill and Pat Mills’ Marshall Law is the satIre on Jewish superhero bullshit ever.

    You may read it, it is fun and funny.

  31. Che Guava says:

    BTW, I don’t recommend the recent work of Mills, he is clearly a satanist, and this was also clear by the time of Nemesis the Warlock in 2000 AD.

    Quite soon, I was sympathising with Torquemada.

    However, Marshall Law is anotther matter, it is a brilliant and sharp attack on the Jewish super-hero bullshit.

  32. WTF? The title promises a look at whether the franchise will survive, and all you give it is one line:

    My guess: it won’t work.

    Die.

  33. Ragno says:

    The unifying theme behind The Avengers and the MCU was always the characters of Captain America and Iron Man. They are gone now, white heroes who have no place in the future.

    Clearly you don’t understand how comic books work. Nobody dies. Everybody comes back. It doesn’t matter how ludicrous the reasoning may be. Every couple of years, the comic book companies seed the “real” news with tired old teasers promising this or that iconic character will die in issue # whatever, and this time, honest, he’ll be truly dead forever!!!…..but it’s a wheezing, clanking scam designed to sell comic books to suckers, speculators and seekers after curiosity alike. A few months later, hey presto! – Long Underwear Man is back, good as new.

    You just spent 2300 words describing just such a cynical plot-loophole: they go back in time to make everyone alive again. Just like 40 years ago when Chris Reeve spun the Earth backwards on its axis until his beloved, dead Lois Lane was magically returned to life.

    If you seriously think that Captain America and Iron Man are “dead”…..that the happy merchants in charge of comic book superheroes would knowingly leave money on the table and walk away….then I’ve got a prime parcel of swampland for you, and at the ‘friend’ price! Such a deal, itz!

  34. Precious says:

    So perhaps there was a reason Captain America went back in time at the end of Avengers: Endgame—he’d rather live with is own people, with the love of his life and in a country he can still call his own.

    That was the first thing I reflected on at the end of the movie. When Captain America had to console a guy who was going on about how he cried at dinner with his guy date, Steve Rogers’ internally had to be reflecting on how he just doesn’t fit in with modern America.

    So of course he took the opportunity when he could go back to the past, it was to live in the world he knew, and going back to his original girlfriend was an added bonus.

  35. Precious says:

    Clearly you don’t understand how comic books work. Nobody dies. Everybody comes back. It doesn’t matter how ludicrous the reasoning may be…If you seriously think that Captain America and Iron Man are “dead”…..that the happy merchants in charge of comic book superheroes would knowingly leave money on the table and walk away….then I’ve got a prime parcel of swampland for you, and at the ‘friend’ price! Such a deal, itz!

    He isn’t talking about comic books, where you can keep drawing the same character at the same age year after year. He is talking about comic book movies, where actors play the role, and those actors both 1) age and 2) demand more money the longer they play the characters.

    Yes, they can bring back Iron Man or IronSomethingElse and Captain America can be brought back as a black guy…but it was less about the characters than about Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans playing those characters. I agree with the author that their replacements are going to oversee a decline in interest, enthusiasm and market share of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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