7 Biggest Marvel Controversies – Why Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner Insulted Black Widow

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the most successful film franchise of all time. And for something that’s been going for more than ten years now, they have been almost free from the drama. No sexual assault, no major stars walking away. Although, there are a couple of things that ruin their perfect image.

Nexter.org prepared you a list of some biggest MCU controversies.

Problems with diversity

Source: Marvel Studios

 

We can say that today the MCU is quite an inclusive place but things haven’t always been this way. One day some of the Marvel CEO Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter’s emails were leaked and revealed that he was categorically against women crime-fighters. He also mentioned that like Electra and Catwoman are proof that female heroes couldn’t make money.

He also said that nobody would notice that Don Cheadle replaced Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2 because… um… black people “look the same.”

Being mean to Mantis

Source: Marvel

 

Quite a lot of people hated how Mantis was portrayed in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. You see, in the comics, Mantis is a powerful psychic, formidable warrior, a feminist icon. But in the movie, she is timid and fearful.

Moreover, some critics thought the film was just too mean to Mantis, for example, Drax (Dave Bautista) calls her ugly and disgusting all the time. Even Steve Englehart, a co-creator of the comics character said, “I was not happy with Mantis’ portrayal. That character has nothing to do with Mantis.”

Captain Marvel conspiracy theories

 

Source: Marvel Studios/Disney

 

In February 2019, Brie Larson said: “About a year ago, I started paying attention to what my press days looked like and the critics reviewing and noticed it appeared to be overwhelmingly white male.” All she asked for is more diversity, but Internet didn’t seem to understand that and made a lot of YouTube videos and angry tweets accusing her of hating white men and claimed she was ruining the MCU.

The movie has made almost $1 billion and people sparked an insane conspiracy theory, saying that it was playing to empty theaters and Disney was just fudging the numbers.

Actors problems

Source: Marvel

 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Natalie Portman got really upset with the studio when they parted ways with Patty Jenkins because she wanted him to direct Thor: The Dark World. Due to contractual obligations, Portman took part in the movie but was quickly written out of the franchise.

Mickey Rourke was also quite angry with the studio after Iron Man 2. Rourke worked a lot to create a more complex character out of Ivan Vanko (aka Whiplash) but Marvel producers cut almost all of that out.

Black Widow insult

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In an interview with Digital Spy, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner talked about Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) who works alongside multiple male heroes and when Evans and Renner were asked about Black Widow’s relationships with the three male characters (Captain America, Hawkeye, and Bruce Banner) Renner dropped the “s-word,” and Evans said she’s “a complete whore.” Later, both of them published apologies in Entertainment Weekly.

The Age of Ultron failure

Source: Marvel Studios

 

Age of Ultron is connected with multiple controversies.

#1 – Tony Stark’s rape joke;

#2 – the Black Widow disaster. 

During the movie, she said she was sterilized at a school for assassins and called herself a monster. The fanbase was furious because she would consider herself a monster for not being able to have children;

#3 – Joss Whedon said that he’d never direct a Marvel movie again because of the Marvel brass forcing him to alter scenes he didn’t want to change and it all led to a very messy movie.

Whitewashing Doctor Strange

Source: Marvel

 

In the comics, The Ancient One was a complete stereotype: an old, mysterious Asian man who gives his secrets to a white dude who doesn’t know what’s going on. That seemed okay in the 1960s, but not in 2016. So Scott Derrickson decided to turn The Ancient One into an Asian woman but then realized that it’d be another stereotype, saying that when he “envisioned that character being played by an Asian actress, it was a straight-up Dragon Lady.”

“Dragon Lady” is an old racist character type who’s “a domineering, powerful, secretive, mysterious Asian woman of age with duplicitous motives.” So he chose to turn The Ancient One into a Celtic woman to avoid any stereotypes. Nevertheless, this whitewashing made many people. Well, to be fair, we know that Derrickson didn’t mean to make somebody angry or sad — quite the opposite — but we guess with this kind of character there was to way to make it right.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the most successful film franchise of all time. And for something that’s been going for more than ten years now, they have been almost free from the drama. No sexual assault, no major stars walking away. Although, there are a couple of things that ruin their perfect image. Nexter.org prepared you a list of some biggest MCU controversies.
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