WARNING: Spoilers abound for Avengers: Age of Ultron in this post. You’ve been warned.
Making millions of dollars in a weekend is something to celebrate on Twitter. It’s everybody’s playground to brag to…well, everyone. Normally, a director whose latest blockbuster (in a series of films as successful as the Marvel Cinematic Universe) took home a cool $191.3 million dollars on opening weekend wouldn’t be shrinking away from the world of social media. You would expect them to enjoy the praise of their labors.
If Cracking OKCupid sold a million copies this week, you can bet your ass I’d be all over Twitter celebrating it.
Instead, Joss Whedon, director of the Avengers movies, deleted his Twitter. Why? Because feminists were all up in arms over his portrayal of a female Marvel character. Feminists have sent me death threats plenty of times before, so it’s no surprise that someone with the acclaim as Whedon would be torn to shreds – despite the (as usual) poor reasoning behind the cause.
Armed with all of the knowledge I possess in regards to how men and women really work, I’m left to draw a simple conclusion as to why Whedon is receiving so much hatred for his betrayal of Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff. Simply put, Avengers: Age of Ultron (as well as preceding Marvel films) put her in a natural and feminine support role of men.
And feminists hate this, and are incapable of making a rational argument other than hurling death threats at Joss Whedon over Twitter.
From the article by Jen Yamato at the Daily Beast: ‘The Avengers’ Black Widow Problem: How Marvel Slut-Shamed Their Most Badass Superheroine‘.
Namely, that even Marvel’s most badass female characters keep getting exploited—and utterly wasted—just to prop up the men around them. And it’s Marvel that keeps fortifying that glass ceiling.
In 11 Marvel Cinematic Universe films thus far, strong female co-leads have only appeared in larger ensemble team-ups, primarily as lethal and emotionally impenetrable femme fatales who double as love interests (shout out to Guardians of the Galaxy’s Gamora).
Meanwhile, Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America have fronted multiple stand-alones as complex superheroes with their own extended individual journeys to explore, but it’ll be another nine movies before Marvel finally rolls the dice on its first female-led superhero movie.
The reason for the rage is really quite simple.
Women feel under-represented in the Marvel world, and want equality. Much like how they want Hilary in office and to earn the same wages as men (that’s an argument for a different day). This is fine and dandy, but when they move these same equality arguments over to the world of comic books and fiction, they forget one key part: it’s not about basic human rights anymore.
Marvel is free to write, direct, and produce their movies in any manner that they damn well please. That’s their basic human rights.
Marvel has made the conscious decision to cast Scarlett Johansson as a support role rather than the main star in their universe. In doing so, they’ve chosen to support what is a primary Red Pill belief: that men lead, and women support the men. Which is how it has been for hundreds of years, until recently, when women wanted to take on the lead role between the sexes. The result of that has been a skyrocketing divorce rate and has left many men broken. Whether they mean to or not, Marvel is very much pushing pushing a Red Pill agenda that infuriates the feminist movement.
The Marvel folks will throw out politically correct excuses as to why they haven’t cast Black Widow in a standalone movie. Whedon himself has been on record stating the below:
In a 2013 Newsweek interview, a post-Avengers, pre-Age of Ultron Whedon expressed his frustrations that the Hollywood machine is designed to not support female superheroes—regardless of how much power players like him want to diversify the landscape. “Toymakers will tell you they won’t sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, ‘You see? It can’t be done,’” he said.
But I believe it really boils down to is that the human subconscious, male and female alike, are more pleased with a male superhero as opposed to a female one.
Who Goes To War?
The first Captain America movie was based around a World War II timeline – a time in which only men served in the military (exception to Peggy Carter in Captain America). Throughout the world’s history, it’s always been men going to battle and making the sacrifices. The women stay home and support the family. So to an extent, it’s just far more natural to have men transfer over to these superheroes who are going to battle and making sacrifices.
Sure, it’s a fictional world. There’s no logical reasoning as to why a female couldn’t be a superhero – they are super, after all. But it simply feels unnatural to have a female doing the roles that have typically been taken up by men. But, that doesn’t stop Yamato from nitpicking over the fact that Black Widow played a support role to Captain America in the second film of that respective series:
Just two years later in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, you’d think Black Widow earned the right to brawl and battle her own demons, just like the boys. Nope. Playing sultry therapist to yet another Avenger, Black Widow was partnered with Evans’s Steve Rogers/Captain America in service of pulling the hero out of time into the 21st century. They even shared the franchise’s fan-baiting first Avenger-on-Avenger kiss.
Men Are Simply Stronger
Men are simply the stronger sex. Note that I didn’t say superior sex, but they are physically stronger. There’s a reason that the military fitness tests for women are a fraction of what men have to do. Here’s a chart for your reference.
It makes sense that superheroes are, well – strong.
Making Sense Of A Superhero
This brings up the point on whether a female superhero as the lead would be “visually appealing” to the audience. Granted, things in the Marvel universe are obviously fiction, and often comically overdone, but given the below scenarios, you can’t tell me that a woman makes more sense in the role than a man.
– Ironman: A billionaire playboy and engineering genius who creates his own suits of armor and weapons.
– Captain America: A genetically enhanced super soldier from WWII, who has superhuman reflexes, speed, and strength.
– Thor: A god from another world who wields a hammer and summons lightning.
– Hulk: A mad scientist with anger management issues, who has no control over them and goes on rampages on a whim.
These are obviously just examples taken directly from Avengers, but I’m willing to bet you could apply the same concepts to most superhero comics and come up with similar conclusions.
In any of these situations, putting a woman in the role just…doesn’t fit. That’s not to say it couldn’t be done, but having a woman superhero in those roles would take away a certain core of each of those characters.
For Ironman, the entire playboy part of Tony Stark would be lost. Can you imagine the outcry that feminists would have if they cast a female superhero as a slut?
For Captain America, the genetically enhanced strength and speed would come across as even less realistic, because men are physically stronger, as I’ve already proved above.
For Thor, every lightning god in the history of the world has always been male. Zeus is probably the most recognized god of all literature, so to put a female in this would seem unnatural with the way we’ve been preconditioned to see the god of lightning as a dude with big muscles and long hair.
* I do realize there is a female Thor comic out.
For Hulk, well – he’s violent as shit. Feminists are always going on about how violent males are. Would a woman cast as Hulk please anyone? Likely not.
The Sex Appeal Of Superheroes
50 Shades of Grey is basically hardcore porn in a erotic literature format. And women eat that shit up, despite the fact that the girl is literally treated as a sex slave throughout.
Women want to submit to a dominant and high value man.
Which brings me to ask this question: would women be as interested in superheroes if they were female?
The statistics show that nearly half of comic book/superhero (for simplicity’s sake, I’m throwing it all together) fan base is women. That doesn’t mean though that those women want to see more women as heroes. Knowing how women work is a powerful thing. Women aren’t sitting in Avengers wondering how Black Widow is going to save the world – no, they’re fantasizing about a shirtless Thor striking the world with lightning and sending tingles to all ends of the galaxy.
Men, on the other hand, are probably more indifferent. We just want to see shit blow up, and since history always depicts big, strong men as the fighting type, it just makes sense to have superheroes be men.
This isn’t to say that I’m against a Black Widow standalone movie. On the contrary, I actually really like the character, and Johansson does a great job in the role. She’s had to adapt to different directors and parts of the Marvel universe, and done an excellent job of fitting in. She has the star power and talent to hold her own in a Black Widow standalone.
She probably won’t get the chance to do it, and that’s unfortunate.
Feminists jumped down the throat of Joss Whedon because they’re fearful of the message being sent out via something as big as the Marvel franchise. The message that women actually do very well in a support role from a societal hierarchy standpoint. That a good woman can help bring a man from good to great. That men and women are different.
Black Widow has “saved” multiple heroes from paths of self destruction and helped band them together to save the world multiple times now. That’s no small feat, and really, it’s something that only a woman could do.
It’s a shame the feminists don’t see that.