The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently ruling the industry with every movie breaking records and creating new ones. However, this doesn’t mean that they are prone to controversies. Over the years, there have been many instances where Marvel Studios, or its members, were in the wrong. But the Studios tried to ignore them in the hope that people would forget. Well, they have forgotten, but whenever they hear or read about it in the news, it enrages them to their core. Here are 5 such MCU controversies that the Studio thought we forgot, but we didn’t.
1. FIRING EDGAR WRIGHT FROM ANT-MAN
You might know that Ant-Man came out in 2016. However, the movie was originally meant to come out at the beginning of the MCU, back in 2008. The movie could also have been the first MCU movie instead of Iron Man. Edgar Wright even had the script ready, which Joss Whedon had described as the best Marvel script ever. But the continuous meddling in the script by the Studios made Wright lose interest in the movie. Eventually, Marvel fired him from the movie but gave him script credits for the 2016 movie. Edgar Wright is a master-Director who could’ve made one of the best MCU movies if he had not been the victim of studio interference.
2. THE DISCONTINUATION OF FANTASTIC FOUR AND X-MEN COMICS
From the success of the MCU, Marvel Comics may have its head stretched up right now. But this doesn’t mean that they haven’t done petty things in the past. We all know that in the ’90s, Marvel had to give away some of their rights to avoid bankruptcy. Fox Studios attained the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four movies. They made back-to-back movies and were doing great. However, Marvel tried to botch their success when they heard that Fox was rebooting the F4. They discontinued their comics issue and followed up with the X-Men comics soon after. This is exactly the kind of thing that an esteemed comics publisher should keep their distance from. Following this controversy, Chris Claremont of Marvel Comics says
“The halt in publishing has everything to do with the fact that the film rights are controlled by a rival corporation.”
3. FANS WEREN’T SURE OF THE DIRECTION OF THE BLACK PANTHER MOVIE
Black Panther may be one of the best MCU movies, but it has met with its fair share of criticism. When a poster of the movie, featuring Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa sitting on the throne, came out, some internet trolls spread hate all over social media. They compared the Wakandan King with Huey Newton, the revolutionary of the Black Panther Party, who sat similarly in one of his photos from back in the day. They blamed the movie for targeting a specific audience. The trolls were successful and people started comparing the movie with the militant revolutionaries. It shook the Studios, but thankfully, it went on to release the movie that came around to become a classic.
4. HATE ON POC CHARACTERS
Whenever we think that racism has finally vanished, someone gets up and prove us wrong. The MCU has also suffered from racist punks, which is a shame for humanity everywhere. When MCU cast Idris Elba as Heimdall, they didn’t care how good he was for the role. Instead, they hated Marvel for colour-swapping Heimdall’s character and they spread racist comments on the internet. Years later, when MCU cast Zendaya for the role of MJ, these racists came back. They had nothing to do with the character but wanted to bring down Marvel because they had grown beyond their imagination. But, Marvel rightfully ignored them and kept ongoing.
5. JEREMY RENNER AND CHRIS EVAN SLUTSHAMED NATASHA
In the 2000s, it might have been fine, but in this decade, these jokes are not tolerable. During the press tours of 2015, Chris Evans and Jeremy Runner made some pretty offensive comments for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character. In the comics, Hawkeye and the Widow were involved romantically, so fans have always wondered if this relationship will transfer to live-action. When Renner was asked to comment on Natasha being attracted to Bruce Banner, Renner immediately called Black Widow’s character a ‘total slut’. Even as a joke, one shouldn’t judge someone by calling her a slut, even if it is a fictional character. Evans took things even far by calling the character ‘a complete whore’. They obviously said it as a joke. But it was totally inappropriate!
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