An Avengers: Endgame fan-created edit takes out Captain Marvel and diminishes the presence of Black Panther. The Joe and Anthony Russo-directed flick is the culmination of everything that's transpired in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since its inception in 2008 with Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man. Beginning with Avengers: Infinity War, the twin ensemble sequels brought together all pockets of the franchise leading up to Endgame's massive final battle against Thanos. However, a recent fan edit of the film cuts out any female-empowerment bits, and significantly decreases T'Challa's role in the movie.
Fan-made content inspired by their favorite films or TV shows has been on the rise for years now. This stems from a more engaged audience and interactive marketing from studios that entices people to share their sentiments. The wide reach of social media allows people to have their voices heard, creators have free platforms to showcase their works, and everyone interacts with one another. For the most part, the new system works great, as fans from all over the world can come together to celebrate the things they love. But sometimes, it also works backwards, propagating hate instead.
Due to its massive popularity, Avengers: Endgame has inspired countless fan-made content, this latest one, however, is quite different from its predecessors. NPR reports that there's a "defeminized" version of the movie circulating on piracy websites. The edit totally removes any female-centric scenes, including the movie's opening scene where Hawkeye teaches his daughter how to shoot a bow and arrow. And of course, they took out Captain Marvel entirely. Black Panther's screen time was also decreased because "he's really not that important." Other pivotal scenes that viewers won't see in the film include the epic A-Force shot, and male characters hugging.
Based on that description, it boggles the mind who would want to watch that version of Endgame, outside of sexist and racist trolls. The edit takes out a significant amount of story material, to the point where the film likely becomes incomprehensible. At that point, unless one actually knows what happens in the full version, it would be difficult to understand what exactly is going on. Avengers: Endgame devoid of hugging means no Tony Stark and Peter Parker reunion hug, which is one of the most emotional moments in the movie. Cutting this doesn't only affect Endgame, but also the young hero's future, with Spider-Man: Far From Home tackling his grief over losing his mentor.
There's a reason why Captain Marvel was the hero to save Tony Stark/Iron Man from space in Avengers: Endgame. It's the same reason why Black Panther, Shuri and Okoye were the first ones out of Doctor Strange's portals to help a devastatingly outnumbered Steve Rogers/Captain America during the final fight against Thanos. It's an unofficial changing of the guard for the MCU. Carol and T'Challa coming to the aide of the franchise's poster characters was Marvel Studios' way of telling the public that they're going to be very important characters going forward. Both those heroes' origin stories did incredibly well at the box office, which is tangible proof that the public at large is craving stories told from the perspective of women and people of color. So while there are groups who aren't thrilled with their prominence in the film series, there are more such stories to come, with films like Shang-Chi, The Eternals (featuring a diverse cast), and the long-overdue Black Widow in the pipeline, not to mention, Black Panther and Captain Marvel sequels.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019