By Kieran Begu
It did work.
I can already hear the cohort of angry comments flooding into my answer. To that, I pose another question — in a film brimming full of fan service, why is it the ‘female team battle’ that is constantly ostracised?
It comes from a series of factors. But if I were to pick one defining answer, it would be that audiences associate any ‘empowering’ scene with a negative and weary mindset.
Instead of your ‘average-joe’ superhero teamup, they see ‘Social Justice Warrior propaganda” or ‘Disney’s forced attempt at empowerment’.
It’s a trend I’ve seen rising among female-centric films over the past years. But while Ghostbusters (2016) or Captain Marvel have copped semi-valid backlash, I’ve struggled to see why this scene in Endgame has become so infamous.
I riddle you this, if the ‘female team up’ scene were to have it’s genders swapped, would you all have reacted quite as volatile? Or would you have passed it off as a cool, albeit, cheap fan service moment?
I’m guessing the latter. Because we’ve accepted Endgame for what it is — a satisfying vehicle for fan service.
Hundreds of heroes pour out of intergalactic circles to fight a big purple villain. Yet, for some apparent reason, it’s women grouping up that stretches the limits of believability.
‘Believability’ shouldn’t devalue a scene. Much less for a film like Endgame.
And with all that out of the way, I’m not entirely sure what the fuss over a small empowerment scene is.
My mum liked it. My sister loved it. I, as a male, must confess I too, felt a surge of adrenaline.
Cheesy? Oh, no doubt. You really can’t complain about cheese in a cheese factory. Especially not when people love that cheese.
Besides, what is a superhero flick without cheese? Aside from a few exceptions, it’s the sticky substance that glues the movie together. Embrace it.
This ‘all female battle scene’ isn’t forcing us into an agenda, nor is it “ruining Marvel” either. And it’s blasphemous to even think so.
As far as I’m concerned, the filmmakers had one goal — to showcase the collection of strong women they’ve developed over the past decade and inspire young women along the way. From personal experience, they succeeded.
Why have we tied ourselves in such a knot over that?