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  • Norman Young

The Wokest 'Endgame' Possible [No Spoilers]

I will be unable to see Avengers: Endgame this opening weekend, but I’m not too upset about it. The Marvel movie franchise has been hit or miss, lately. Some films, like Avengers: Civil War, have been top-notch comedic action flicks. Others, especially those intended to fill particular demographic niches, have been second-rate. However, Endgame has potential to be one of the better Marvel films because of the excellent set up of Infinity War. Having arch-enemy Thanos (cognate of the Greek word for death) destroy half the world’s population for the purpose of human sustainability leaves room for many intriguing possible endings.

The ending that makes most sense to me would involve Tony Stark defeating Thanos through scientific expertise—the moral of the story being that technological advancement makes Thanos' Malthusian analysis obsolete. Everyone can be restored to life because overpopulation, climate catastrophe, and other apocalyptic scenarios can be staved off through human ingenuity and innovation. But, I highly doubt Marvel will make my version a reality.

I fear it is far more likely is that Marvel will, once again, succumb to social and political pressure. They might attempt to please everyone by being as inclusive as possible. This would mean that Captain Marvel, the newly-minted feminist character, would require a role equal to or superior to the male characters. It would also mean that Thanos would need to be be defeated not by one white, male scientist, but rather by an intersectional coalition of different genders, races, and religious affiliations.

This got me thinking—what would be the most “woke” possible ending for this sequel? Here is what I came up with:

First off, all of the white men would need to be impotent, of course. Perhaps Ant Man’s suit is not working properly. Iron Man could be having another nervous breakdown. The Hulk might find it difficult to swell up to full size for some reason. Captain Am