Darcy Griffin

Darcy Griffin

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Race and Black Panther

Before Black Panther the entire MCU only had 2 prominent black characters (Rhodey and Falcon). Now they are making a film jam-packed with incredibly talented people of colour both on screen (Boseman, Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan) and off (director/writer Ryan Coogler and writer Jor Robert Cole). What positive impacts will this have on the MCU, and people of colour within the superhero film genre as a whole? What (of an endless list) could possibly go wrong? Will Marvel/Disney continue down a more diverse path after Black Panther, or will they claim they "did enough"? Most importantly, WHY is it so important that this movie be a success?

  • Let's not forget that Ta-Nehisi Coates, the most prominent commentator on race today, is writing the latest comic issues. I haven't read the comics, but I've read his other works, and race is the central theme. If you don't know who he is, he became "famous" after publishing an article on The Atlantic about The Case for Reparations. – ismael676 4 years ago
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  • Excellent point! I've heard great things about the first issue he wrote – Darcy Griffin 4 years ago
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I would love to see Deadpool in a romantic relationship with a man in the MCU (though obviously not Spidey, given the very young recasting). I don’t want Vanessa to be killed off just to make room for it, but Deadpool is one of the biggest Marvel characters that is canonically queer. Of course, I know realistically there would be too much backlash from conservative movie-goers for this to be a reality.

The "It's Complicated" Relationship of Deadpool and Spiderman
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I can understand why some people might find the gore gratuitous, however, that is what HBO dramas have been about since they hit the scene with The Sopranos. They like to take advantage of the lack of censorship and go a bit nuts with their content.

There have been only a few times over the (now 6) seasons when I have felt like a violent act was too much. The first was when Joffrey killed Ros with the crossbow. We don’t actually see the act, but her naked body is shown riddled with arrows from the crossbow Joffrey had been brandishing earlier in that episode (I think. I might be off, timing-wise) The second was when Talisa was stabbed in the Red Wedding. Both are very gendered acts of violence against women. Ros was a minor character, and Talisa wasn’t even supposed to be at the Twins (as book readers will know) but all the same, that is just my personal take and I can sort of understand why D&D made the choice to do the latter

Game of Thrones and Violence: Don't Gore Breaking my Heart
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I love the common thread of strong, decisive women going on in these examples. I think what is particularly interesting about Monica as a character is that in the early seasons her relationships are more traditional. It seems like as time goes on, and she gains more life experience/confidence/what have you, that Monica grows into herself as a woman. Interesting considering that Chandler remains largely static, and only grows when Monica almost forces him to grow up

Relationship Gender Roles in Sitcoms: For Better or For Worse?