I Slept Through the Marvel Event and All I Got Were These Confusing Fan Reactions

The problem with living at the ass end of the earth (Australia), apart from the cost of air fairs to visit friends, is that I tend to be either asleep or working when things goes down in fandom. Like the big Marvel announcement that sent everyone into a tis. I’ll admit, I’m a bad fangirl because I totally forgot it was happening so when I woke up and saw that all my social media feeds were going into melt down I was a little confused. Sure there are THOUSANDS of articles that could explain exactly what went down at the big event, but it’s much more fun to try and sift through the mess feelings and capslock to figure out what the fans are saying.

The first thing I found out was that there’s gonna be a Captain Marvel movie – which gave me a heart-attack for a moment until I confirmed that they were talking about Carol Danvers. Naturally everyone was pretty excited about this news (even if the 2018 release date means that DC beats them to the female-superhero-movie-punch with Wonder Woman).

THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” – fandomsandfeminism

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Everyone is excited, I’m excited but no one is more excited than Kelly Sue DeConnick!

After the shock and aw over Carol Danvers getting her own movie became manageable I realised that not everyone was happy because, a Captain Marvel movie is awesome but it would have been cooler if it came in addition to a Black Widow movie. One female lead super hero movie is good, TWO IS BETTER!

“a moment of silence for black widow” – bobbimorses

“If we can have 400000000 Iron Man movies, but you aren’t going to give us a god damn Black Widow movie?” – fandomsandfeminism

“like at this point even if they keep announcing female-led films and black widow shows up in every marvel film from now until 2047 I’d STILL want a black widow movie because not only do I love her character but it’s become a matter of pride now” – americachavez

That sucks, and while I understand that there are probably many reasons why a Black Widow movie won’t be happening in Phase 3 it doesn’t really forgive the fact that it should have happened in Phase 2. We should have had a Black Widow movie already and that will never not make me sad. We might not be getting a Black Widow movie but we are getting Black Panther movie! Released at the end of 2017, Black Panther will be the first MCU movie that doesn’t have a white male lead. And with that the long reign of white boys named Chris will come to an end. But with Black Panther they’ve gone one step further than just announcing a release date – they’ve given him a face as as well: Chadwick Boseman.

“You know what I love? I love that interim period between an unknown (to me, at least) actor being cast in a Marvel film and me actually seeing the film. Right now I look at Chadwick Boseman and I’m all, “He is a very fine specimen of manhood. Much handsome. Very cute. I look forward to seeing his take on T’challa.” But I KNOW that in a couple years time I’ll be driving home from Black Panther screaming, “CHADWIIIIIIIIIIICK OMFG OMFG OMFG NEW FAVOURITE WHY ISN’T HE IN ALL THE THINGS?” — and then I’ll start recognizing pictures of him just by his browline or eyes or something and devour his entire filmography. ‪#‎FANGIRLLIFE‬ ‪#‎GOHARD‬ ‪#‎ORGOHOME‬” – zombres

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Awesome things happening all around. Chadwick Boseman will make his first appearance as T’Challa in Captain America: Serpent Society… PSYCH, it’s actually Captain America: Civil War, which might be confusing considering there are only like five superheroes in the MCU and most of them aren’t exactly hiding their identity – STEVE ROGERS HAS AN EXHIBIT AT THE SMITHSONIAN! But Kevin Feige insists they have a plan.

“It’s not about the secret identity thing, as much as it is about, overall, who reports to who, and who can agree to oversight committee. Because as of now, in Avengers 2, there is no more security council, there is no SHIELD, obviously. Stark is paying for it, Captain America is running it, and things occur that will make governments begin to question.” – Kevin Feige

It’s not that Civil War is essentially a bad story, or that I don’t think Marvel is capable of pulling it off because once they made Guardians of the Galaxy a success it became pretty clear that they could do anything. It’s just disappointing that they are taking what is probably Steve Rogers last film and making it about a relationship that is pretty superficial. Don’t get me wrong, Steve and Tony’s relationship in the comics is so great – and I guess I have to admit that I have been referred to as a rabid Steve/Tony shipper in the past but in the movies they’ve only met like once. For those you that can’t imagine what the Civil War movie is gonna be like, check this out:




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There’s also the fact that Captain America: The Winter Soldier introduced an amazing ensemble cast that a lot of people got REALLY attached to. Bringing Robert Downey Jr in to take over even though Iron Man’s story has already been told, well that’s just not fair. Especially for those that were expecting a proper conclusion to Bucky’s storyline, and the idea of Tony Stark taking time away from Sam Wilson and Natasha Romanoff just doesn’t sit well for me.

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There are still those that are cautiously optimistic though:

“if there’s anyone i trust with civil war, it’s the russos tbh” – winterfuckingsoldier

“what if captain america: civil war is just steve and sam going back in time to the civil war era. they show up at gettysburg and they’re like “we about to fuck up some racists” – kristyskrushers

Lots of other stuff happened of course but everything else kind of got downed out by some soft core lumberjack porn at Clint Barton’s farm and Peggy Carter being a badass. AND THEN A FRICKING SNEAK PEAK THAT MADE MY HEART WEEP!


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I don’t even know what do to about this, but I’ve read enough fan fiction to know where it’s going.

And I don’t want to alarm anyone but I’m pretty sure Steve moved Thor’s hammer a little bit in this clip.

So what did you think? Lets us know in the comments.

Author: Undie Girl

Undie Girl (aka Von) has a BA (Hons) Major in Cultural Studies. The title of her honours thesis was “It’s just gay and porn”: Power, Identity and the Fangirl’s Gaze. She’s currently pursuing a Masters of Media Practice at University of Sydney. Von’s a former contributor The Backlot’s column The Shipping News and a current co-host of The Geekiary’s monthly webcast FEELINGS… with The Geekiary.

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3 thoughts on “I Slept Through the Marvel Event and All I Got Were These Confusing Fan Reactions

  1. Thank you for that piece. Very funny. For me, Marvel have (yet) again shown themselves to be masters of PR. Zack Snyder must be weeping.
    It’ll be interesting (obviously) to see where Feige decides to take the Franchise. I’m convinced that although the original stories are important, they’re not sacrosanct and will be “amended” to suit the cinematic universe rather than slavishly follow the comic one – which has itself been reinvented / reimagined / restructured continuously throughout Marvel’s existence as a publishing house. The studio have displayed quite a canny knack of satisfying both the fans and the general public (Guardians) and the slight grumbling of a few die-heads won’t put them off.
    With regards to the non-appearance of a Black Widow movie, and putting gender politics to one side (if one ever can), I think the right thing has been done. The less we know about Natasha, the more she can surprise us. Her developing relationship with Cap in TWS was the emotional core of the film. I have a sneaking suspicion that a Widow movie would have involved her in some sort of previous relationship or dwelt upon her “specific set of skills” that would have reduced her appeal. She is an assassin, after all. We don’t know what the “red in my ledger” refers to and we don’t need to. Any exposition would lessen the impact that she has and the actions she will be taking in future movies.
    I’ve high hopes for Marvel and the prospect of a second Guardians movie as well as an Inhumans one is terrific news and shows a real commitment to developing a large and exciting universe.

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