I will have to wait on the UHD Blu-Ray to see Avengers: Endgame but I will take Calvin Freiburger at his word that there is a scene of a man contemplating gay dating. Can anyone logically explain why this warrants attention from orthodox Catholics? Freiburger writes:
As Avengers: Endgame continues to shatter records and earn rave reviews, some moviegoers are divided over how Marvel Studios finally delivered on president Kevin Feige’s promise to LGBT activists to insert homosexual “representation” in the beloved film franchise (minor first-act spoiler to follow).
After the villainous Thanos (Josh Brolin) wiped out half the world’s population at the end of last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, an early scene in Endgame features a support group for survivors coping with the loss of their loved ones. An unnamed member (played by co-director Joe Russo) discusses how he’s attempted to move on by starting to date again, referring to his dinner companion as “he” and “him.”
So it isn’t even a date. The mere mention of a gay date is an event.
About this scene, Focus on the Family’s Plugged-in reviewer wrote: “A man in Captain America’s support group talks about seeing another guy, apparently romantically.”
Well shit. Now you’ve gone and done it.
Yet because Endgame’s brief, understated moment was easy for audiences to miss entirely, several left-wing voices are reacting with far less gratitude than Marvel may have anticipated. Feminist pop-culture blog The Mary Sue compiled several disgruntled responses:
So it took Marvel 22 movies and the elimination of half the population to find a single gay man in their cinematic universe? pic.twitter.com/7lMKYWHj2g
— Damian Holbrook (@damianholbrook) April 28, 2019
Marvel: We have LGBTQ representation!
Me: Does the character have a name?
Me: They didn’t have a name on screen. Can you tell me what the character’s name was in the script?
Me: Did you list him as Gay Character #1? Guys? Oh god. Did you?
Marvel: …. cmon man
— Brock Wilbur (feat. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The (@brockwilbur) April 27, 2019
Damian Holbrook’s tweet sums it up. Marvel, by the way, is owned by Disney — a company that the conservative Christians are always bitching about. Freiburger’s point is that nothing satisfies us. Later on he confirms this:
Breitbart’s John Nolte hailed the film for having “something good to say about the world, a real philosophy about the importance of humanity, family, and self-sacrifice,” while Warner Todd Huston suggested that Marvel learn from disgruntled LGBT critics that appeasing them is impossible.
Yeah, well, two moronic writers for Breitbart that I have never heard of don’t exactly provide resonance. In simple terms, a gay character should at least have a name. Warner Todd Huston goes on to be quoted by Freiburger. They both get to display their utter stupidity:
“So, on one hand, the radical gays have been whining that there aren’t any gays in the Marvel films, but when one does show up in a Marvel film (and the BIGGEST film in history, yet) now it’s a ‘slap in the face,’” he wrote. “They will never be satisfied until everyone accepts any matter of deviancy.”
So now we know that Huston is a hyperbolic conservative Christian. He is also wed to the preposterous notion that we seek his approval or the approval of like-minded people. Nothing could be further from the truth. We do not care. I think that the inclusion of LGBT characters in films is important. It helps LGBT children know that they are not totally isolated from society even if they live in some awful place like Alabama or Tennessee.
Mr. Huston exhibits the intellectual curiosity of a broken soap dispenser.