There’s this pattern happening in MCU fandom that feels kinda racist, really. Regarding the handling of queer characters in that franchise, there’s something I keep coming back to – Loki and Eternals came out in the same year. Loki had the main character make one comment about being bi and everyone loved it, but Phastos in Eternals was taken much further, he had a husband! Who he kissed onscreen! And yet he Didn’t Count as a queer character for some reason.
I saw so much of that, he just… Didn’t. I saw a lot of “Well, that character created the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima :/” (he didn’t) but at the same time everyone was falling over themselves about Loki being queer, when Loki has murdered and enslaved countless people on screen and was vaguely compared to Hitler once. (Loki’s more horrifying crimes have been completely forgotten these days. He’s never expressed much regret for them either in canon either IIRC.)
So Phastos Didn’t Count, and his Middle Eastern non-superhero husband Ben also Doesn’t Count it seems, for… What reason?! Both are canonically queer characters and their sexuality had a hell of a lot more time dedicated to it than Loki’s did. (I still wonder about Eternals. That bit of misinformation about Hiroshima spread so far and wide it makes me think it was deliberately being promoted by bad actors. The ‘go woke go broke’ crowd HATED that movie and they got to crow about a victory when it flopped.)
And now – Wakanda Forever isn’t even out yet and people are already making excuses as to why Michaela Coel’s character Aneka isn’t going to Count. There’s an interview with Coel going around where she states her character is going to be queer in the movie and people started posting that meme response “being queerbaited by the MCU is like losing at chess to a dog”…which feels incredibly mean and racist when posted in direct response to something she said: it’s like they’re implying she’s the dog. Plus, why do you think it’s queerbaiting? You HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE! Nobody has yet!
So yeah. I feel like when people started saying “We want queer characters in the MCU” they meant “We want WHITE queer characters in the MCU” because the mental gymnastics people have done to not accept the queer characters of colour has been ridiculous.
I admit it, I wasn’t really sold on Hawkeye the show at first, especially since I was…well, kinda resentful that he’d lived to get his own show while Natasha just died. But then it turned out the show was actually all about the aftermath of Natasha’s death! And finally finally she got the credit she deserved for y’know saving the entire world and all.
All that and finally Clint has been given the disability he canonically had in the comics, and finally we get to hear a (named) female character say the words “my wife” and finally Clint has to face the consequences of going on a murder spree that one time. It’s been a long time coming for some of that stuff but at last we got there. I enjoyed it very very much, I think it’s the best TV show Marvel’s done since Wandavision.
My only disappointment is with the post-credits scene! (Check it out above.) It was hilarious but I was SO EXPECTING it to suddenly cut to someone else in the audience, perhaps Loki himself (either staring in horror or wildly applauding, both of those things seem in-character) and then it didn’t! Oh and also Aaron Tveit was supposed to be playing the in-musical Steve Rogers but he didn’t in the end and I am SO MAD we were deprived of that. (It would’ve fit in great with Fra Fee being in the show as well.)
But yes, really liked the whole thing, I don’t know if there will be a season two but if there is I want a Yelena-Kate buddy movie type deal and more of Lucky the dog.
Well as soon as I went on Twitter this morning I was spoiled for who would appear in the episode, boo. You all know who it is, right? Well, spoilers from here on anyway.
This has been a very entertaining season and I liked a lot of it, but I really don’t like the multiverse stuff. I wish I did, but I’m not even really looking forward to the new Spider-Man movie when all’s said and done. It just seems to make everything less relatable and somehow smaller, knowing that all these Avengers and Guardians and normal people on fictional Earth don’t have free will within their own universe. Every big decision they made in the previous movies, those were all things that were going to happen anyway, and it just… deflates it all somewhat. (I accept this is also a problem humankind has with the concept of God in real life.)
What else? Uh, all the acting in this show has been amazing. Did it come out too late for anyone to get an Emmy nod? I would’ve nominated Richard E. Grant for best guest actor, he was amazing, probably my favourite thing about this show.
Gotta say I never expected Greta Thurnberg or Nelson Mandala to have a cameo in a MCU project. About that… I’m sure there was nothing but good intentions behind it, probably, but it feels really wrong to have a little voice montage of famous people’s speeches and throw some MCU quotes in there as if reality and fiction was interchangable. I love “Grief is just love persevering” as much as the next person but Vision isn’t realllllly on the same level of importance as Malala Yousafzai, you know? I mean I can talk your ear off for hours about how stories make us human but Disney shouldn’t be editing in its own characters alongside very real people who fought against very real still-ongoing things, they just shouldn’t. Oh that was wince-worthy. Please no-one do that again.
On a lighter note…
As much as I enjoyed Jonathan Majors in the role, Lego Kang will always be my favourite favourite Kang.
-It’s nice to have Loki confirmed as bi, a good step forward, but I have a dark feeling this will never be mentioned again and he’ll never be in a same-sex relationship, because Disney.
-Whoa Sif?! She hasn’t been in anything since Agents of Shield and I dunno if that’s even canon anymore. Is she even going to be in the new Thor movie, I can’t remember.
-So it seems like Natasha won’t be in this after all which I find terribly disappointing, like lots of people I was sure I saw her in the trailer but no that was Sylvie instead, who has a similar hairstyle.
-But that being said I love everything about Sylvie! Love her look, her fighting style, that cool little crown that doubles as a weapon, everything. I would definitely watch a Sylvie prequel show.
Why can’t I get MY hair to go like that?
-I’m not sure if I’ve got this “TVA kidnapping variants” thing exactly right but what if everyone working at the TVA is a variant of someone we already know? Like there’s Tony Starks and Black Panthers and Steve Rogerses running around there plucked outta their timelines and we don’t know cos they look different?!
-If this show is going the way I think, Loki having to become the best version of himself after facing everything he did wrong, I’m gonna start calling this show “MCU does The Good Place.” Cos, you know, quite a few similarities already.
-Oh my gosh a crocodile Loki! I’m gonna call him Crocoloki.