Letter to the Editor: There Are Far More Heroes Than Villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reading a lot of articles talking about the damage that supervillains have done to our cities-- such as New York, London, and Sokovia. And in this Age of Ultron, when more and more supervillains are emerging, some have even been suggesting we dismantle the entire superpower system, or putting these supervillains on trial and forcing them to take responsibility for their actions.
And while there are perhaps more opportunities for a danger to occur because of infinity crystals than in non-infinity crystal settings, I feel like we haven’t talked about the amazing heroes that also exist within the MCU. Iron Man? He’s actually a really nice guy who loves extracurriculars. Captain America? He’s actually super woke. And well they say the MCU doesn’t have diversity, but I see at least one green monster with super-strength that would beg to differ.
Yes, sometimes a city or two is going to be destroyed by an alien invasion, or robotic uprising, and that’s unfortunate. To the survivors of those attacks, I want to say I’m with you, I really am. But some of the ladies I know within the MCU (well, all three of them) have created a real support network that I know wouldn’t exist without the aliens that threaten their planet every few months or so. Sometimes they even just call each other just to chat! What fun.
When you look at the media these days, it’s no wonder people have a bad view of superpowered individuals. All of the witty banter between Starlord and Rocket, all the times that Captain America has looked out for Black Widow, or all the times Vision has helped Scarlet Witch on her history essays aren’t going to make media headlines. All we hear in the news is Thanos is destroying this and Thanos is taking over that. But what are we supposed to do? Just try and take away his infinity stones and lock him in another dimension? Sometimes, we just have to let these things play out.
Some people think all Iron Man does is party, have sex with Pepper Potts, and create sentient robots that kill thousands of people. In my experience, this could not be further from the truth. Nobody ever talks about when Iron Man tried to prevent those robots from killing those thousands of people. People say that Iron Man “bought” his friends? The only thing Iron Man buys are more suits to stop his genocidal creations from destroying humanity. Now that’s what I call media bias.
This is not a plea for you to join the Avengers, or even donate to our monthly philanthropy events. This is merely an account of all of the amazing superheroes that, when you just count them up, outnumber the MCU’s villains on almost a 4:1 ration. The system does have flaws, but we are really working to make changes. We passed the Sokovia Accords and how many near-world ending events have there been since then? Only four, tops. So how about next time, you stop asking us why these supervillains aren’t in jail, and instead start thanking us for inviting you to our crush parties.