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WASTED POTENTIAL: X-Men: First Class and the Death of Armando Muñoz

Or, How Racism F%#@ed the X-Men Movies

It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that I am absolutely, ridiculously invested in the X-Men Cinematic Universe.  Or, more specifically, I’m invested in what the XMCU could have been, if it had been approached as a cohesive whole rather than a series of vaguely confused attempts at continuity and Wolverine cameos.

For me, the biggest moment of missed potential comes with the death of Armando “Darwin” Muñoz at the midpoint of X-Men: First Class.  People have talked, of course, about how his death was racist and doesn’t make sense – because it was racist, and fundamentally, it doesn’t make sense.

To be fair, I don’t think the writers were being intentionally racist when they killed Armando off in the same scene where the movie’s only other black character defects to the side of the bad guys.  I don’t think they were being intentionally racist when they had a Nazi kill a black man, who, in the comics, is literally and demonstrably unkillable.

But they did these things, and these things were racist.

And to be honest, that racism kinda f%#@ed the franchise.  It’s not the only thing that did – the decision to put ten year timeskips in between each movie of the second trilogy certainly didn’t help matters – but I think that it’s the single bad decision that, if averted, would have changed everything.

Under the cut, I’ll discuss why Armando was such a significant character, and why his death shaped the direction of the franchise by destroying some pretty epic narrative possibilities.

(Trigger Warnings for: mentions of suicide, depression, trauma, real life racism, human experimentation.  Nothing more explicit than XMCU canon, however.)


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deleted scene from x men first class

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what you gon do now charl

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Cherik FTW comic strip 02

WOW i never expected the part 1 got so many notes!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for liking it !!! *crai*

Part 2 is LITERALLY CHERIK MOMENTS from XMFC XD
I loved First Class so much ( I bet most Cherik fans started from that episode lols, YES I AM)

thank God the director deleted all the possible CharlesMoira scenes

Thanks again for the likes and reblogs! I really appreciate it and I SUPER enjoyed reading all the comments and hilarious hastags XDD 

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You asked about the colors of the memory balls? 
I called it MIXED FEELINGS (youknowwhatimean)


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