Everyone with a sense of equality knows women are important to the present and future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
However, how this comes about is sometimes complicated in a time when any action looks like a political move.
Some fans felt divided when Avengers: Endgame attempted to kick the girl power move into gear. Fans on social media still debate whether the intention behind it in Endgame somewhat backfired from its original intent.
Is this really true, or just asking for a bigger argument between men and women in film? Based on the arguments from fans, the timing was a little off to showcase the future A-Force.
Things will likely change in upcoming MCU movies.
The cast/crew of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DisneyWas the girl power scene in ‘Endgame’ too politically correct?
A bigger argument about this scene took place on Reddit where a thread about the subject started off innocuously. A user started things off showing the iconic shot of all the MCU women lined up, this time in living color rather than its previous black and white.
As comment progressed talking about how great they all looked, someone came in to note an unpopular opinion: the girl power scene in Endgame ended up being too obvious.
Said the poster: “I disliked that scene as it felt forced. In the “infinity war” when widow and okoye ended up fighting proxima midnight, it felt organic. That power walk when they were going to help Captain Marvel (who just took down Thanos’ ship) was jarring and was to self aware. I get what they were trying to accomplish, but it felt clumsy to me”.
When comparing this scene with the one in Infinity War, there really was a difference in approach. For women feeling underrepresented in the MCU, though, any kind of scene showing the power of the women cast was more than suitable.
Said one woman commenter in reply: “People only think it’s forced and pandering because it’s women… if that exact same moment happened with a load of the male heroes no one would bat an eyelid. It was a little fan service about A-Force, just like most of Endgame is fanservice”. On the other hand, other women agreed with the thought of it being handled a tad clumsily.
Does the MCU need to handle the women power scenes better?
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What made people think the Endgame scene was too forced was the cast lining up single file to go help Captain Marvel. Fans above point out Carol Danvers hardly needed any help, even if the sight of the women coming to her aid was inspiring in the abstract.
Having to make it look manipulative created a bigger problem compared to organic fight scenes in Infinity War. Yet, what does this mean for more women in the MCU as Phase Four soon kicks in?
From all indications, it won’t look so forced in upcoming movies if going by Black Widow kicking things off. In that, it appears to be more about family relations and even Natasha Romanoff fighting her own sisters out of rivalry.
Down the road, the newly assembled Avengers team may also be mostly women if going by the comic book story of the A-Force. Many rumors still permeate about Marvel making a movie centered on this group.
The writers of ‘Endgame’ defend that girl power scene
No matter if the Endgame girl power scene splits fan opinion down the middle, co-writer Stephen McFeely defended including the moment during a New York Times Q&A. He admits the writing team debated whether it was pandering to applause. Then he said they just went with it because it was an important moment.
Perhaps everyone should give the scene its due since it was answering to women who had pleaded for years earlier to bring a similar scene. If it looked forced, it probably paved a golden path to an organic process of women basically running the future Avengers as they should our real-world government.