I’m really starting to feel like MCU fanatics work extra hard and put time and energy to convince themselves and others that the MCU is more progressive than the DCEU.
First off, I know I say this a lot, but I am of three marginalized groups. I’m Black, I’m a woman, and I’m queer. Growing up, DC always felt like a world I could be a part of, because, even before DCEU came about there were always a number of MOC and WOC within DC. Not only that, but DC actually confirmed that three of their most popular characters-Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and Wonder Woman-are queer!
Now, I don’t find much wrong with Marvel, but admittedly, I never really followed Marvel all that much. I’m aware that there are characters of marginalized groups within Marvel, but I don’t feel like it’s to the same extent as DC. I am one of the fans that followed the television shows more than the comics themselves, and the three shows I remember from Marvel are Spiderman, X-Men, and Iron Man. The only WOC from any three of those shows is Storm.
My pet peeve is not only MCU fanatics acting like its been more progressive than DC, but that people actually believe it.
I’m sorry, but Sam Wilson, Rhodey, and Nick Fury are fun characters, but they exist only to move along the typically white cishet male protagonist. Black Widow is cool, but she was reduced to a love interest in AoU. It has only been recently we’ve been given Black Panther. This is a good thing, of course, and I’m excited about this, but I’m not going to give the MCU a pat on the back for dragging their feet like others seem to be doing. I’m also not going to say nothing when someone uses it as ammo against the DCEU.
The MCU is nearly ten years old and is just now giving us characters of color with their own developed story, and I’ve pretty much stopped hoping and caring for the idea of a Black Widow move (let’s face it, it’s never going to happen). The DCEU, however, is four years old. Wonder Woman is played by an Israeli actress, the Flash is being played by a Jewish queer actor, Cyborg has always been Black and is remaining Black, and Aquaman is played by a Polynesian actor. Suicide Squad had one of the most diverse casts ever in a comic book adaptation and made bank while other film makers believe casting people of diverse backgrounds is too risky.
Yet…even with all of this, it seems people are convinced the MCU is doing great things for representation when it seems they waited until they knew it was “safe” to acknowledge that not all super heroes have to be white cishet men.
I don’t want to give the impression that the MCU hasn’t been doing good things. I think, for example, it’s great that the love interest in the new Spiderman movie will be a Black girl when so often Black women/girls aren’t given that type of role, and I’m going to support it even though I’m kind of tired of Spiderman movies. It would just be nice if people would stop using MCU’s bare minimum to shit on DCEU’s genuine effort to be inclusive.