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Is Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man: Homecoming?

About a year ago, there was this big rumour that the then-newly cast Zendaya was going to be Mary Jane Watson in the then-upcoming film Spider-Man: Homecoming.  As if by coincidence, nearly a year ago was the last time anyone wrote on this blog and we wrote about from where the racist outcries might be coming in a post about why and how Mary Jane Watson is a walking talking fetish.

The then-upcoming film Spider-Man: Homecoming is the now recently released film Spider-Man: Homecoming and now we finally know whether Zendaya was cast as Mary Jane Watson.

 

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on spider-man homecoming’s [potential] mary jane watson

or: the many amazing fantasies of spider-man

Before anything else is said, it is important for this essay to offer a clear preamble, so to avoid anything becoming misconstrued. So please:

  1. This essay is not aiming to apologise for, to condone, or to do anything other condemn the thick dribbling degenerate racism of the commentary against the rumours of Mary Jane Watson, a traditionally white character, being portrayed on-screen by a not-white actual person.
  2. This essay is going to suggest that there is a spectrum of vitriol involved, that while all this negative commentary may end in a racist position, it may not begin from a racist position.  It is hoped that this exploration  of the psychology of the ongoing engagement with the Spider-Man property will prove interesting and not destructive.
  3. This essay is not going to investigate what is and what is not racist.  That can prove reductive and, in the context of this conversation, damaging.  Indeed: beyond this preamble, the term will not be addressed further.
  4. To that point, the last mention of race will be here: Spider-Man operates traditionally as a white man’s fantasy.  There is a lot being done to open the property up to broader audiences – diversity in characters and audiences is ostensibly the major goal for this decade of comic books.  There is resistance to evolution, as there always, but ultimately this noise will fade into brooding silence until there’s nobody left to brood.
  5. Finally: this essay does not aim to make excuses for the outcry and outrage.  This essay aims to explore the narrative function of Mary Jane Watson, the interaction of her with the audience, and the ongoing truth that she is rarely seen as an actual character.  This is a discussion of power fantasies, fetishes, agency, and the ongoing combat between the evolution of comic book narratives and their fragmented audiences.

Now look at this picture:

strong female characters

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should superheroes kill?

or: a commentary on the philosophy of Piotr Rasputin

Given that Deadpool came out a fair little while ago now, I’m a little bit late to the party on this one.  soz lol.  But this piece was swimming around my head for a little while and I’ve been struggling to find the right framework for it.  Essentially the crux of this article is my inevitable conclusion that labelling Deadpool an anti-hero is a little bit shallow and the movie’s gratuitous and overbearing attempt at having Wade completely disown the hero moniker, while working really well for Wade as a character, comes across as a tone deaf conceit of the film as whole.

I wanted to frame that through discussion of Colossus.  Which makes sense, assuming you’ve seen the movie, because Colossus served three purposes throughout the whole film:

  1. Remind viewers that Deadpool is an X-Men character.
  2. Be strong and smack bad people.
  3. Attempt to reconfigure Wade’s moral compass through constant refrain: “Be an X-Men” “X-Men are good” “X-Men do not kill” “Wade you do not need to kill” et al.
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So I was really going to get stuck into Piotr and totally break down his morals and philosophy and find that limit to it – because there has to be a limit.  That’s just superhero storytelling 101 really.  There’s a point where someone deserves to die; the point of difference is where these characters draw the line and when they choose to cross it.

handy tip: that previous sentence is essentially the point of this essay

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star wars is an okay film?

or how finn is totally non-functional as a concept

I want to be upfront and totally honest with you, giving you the opportunity to click away before reading through this essay to its conclusion.  This writing will, of course, contain spoilers for Episode VII and this is a big deal to most people (for reasons I barely understand) – so if you’ve not seen it yet, click away now for ye be fairly so warned.  Paramount to that, I feel, is the fact that a previous writing of mine apparently ruined (or, I guess and at the very least, gave cause to a re-evaluated opinion of) a film for at least one reader.  So, I guess what I’m saying is, if you’re currently very comfortable with the way you feel about Star Wars: The Force Awakens and you’re not particularly keen on having that challenged or otherwise reading any dissenting opinion on the matter thereof, well, close the tab and move along.

But, if you’re interested in the discussion, please read on.

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ant-man’s stingers and the oncoming storm of cynicism

I’ve left this post on hold for weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks because this post is going to be talking about post-credit scenes of the recent Ant-Man film and, for reasons that are still beyond my comprehension, people till let spoilers ruin their experience of a film.  So, to protect them, I’ve waited.  But, sometimes that isn’t enough, so I’m also not going to spoil anything until after the break and also going to spend a lotsa lotsa words meandering and padding this post out so the initial little preview bit on Facebook or wherever doesn’t include the spoilers because I’m just that great of a guy.  Beyond all of that, I’m also going to post a picture that has really nothing to do with the spoilers.

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ant-man thinks i’m great

And now for the thing.

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you’re a filthy criminal

Over the weekend, or yesterday, or whatever day it was because of however this whole “timezones” things works out, DC Warner released an SDCC-exclusive trailer for their upcoming Suicide Squad movie for reasons I don’t quite understand.  Like, I can’t expect it to be about making people want to go to ComicCon because, well, people already want to go to ComicCon.  And if it’s about making people want to go see the film, well, I think most people have already made up their mind about that and I thinks those opinions are very polarised and very definitive.

And it strikes me that it can’t be about advertising to a captive audience because, AS FAR AS I CAN TELL, this trailer was a destination in that people went from point A to point B specifically to go see this trailer — and if I know anything about advertising it’s that it simply has no effect on people who already want to buy the thing.

or is it that it has more effect?  i forget.

It must be less effect because how could an ad make someone want to buy something they already want to buy?

I guess that leaves it as a reward.  Something of which I supposed entitled socially-awkward nerdy types need more.  “omg didn’t you see the trailer? why weren’t you in hall h?  oh what?  you live in Germany?  I’m so sorry for your lots.”

Anyway.  Warner Comics screened an exclusive trailer exclusively to some exclusive audiences and one of those guys turned out to be a dirty filthy criminal and filmed the whole thing and put it on the internet!  Sadtrombone.mp3!~~~

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Content Distribution – Discontent Attribution

I don’t watch television much anymore, with a few exceptions. I haven’t for a few years, mostly because I was burnt out from broadcasters changing the timeslots for shows I was trying to keep up with. Because of that, I’m seasons behind in Supernatural, and I never finished Burn Notice or Dexter (thanks for all of those, Channel 10). There are only a few shows managing to keep my attention on weekly tv. Doctor Who is one, and the other is Game of Thrones. Last year I also counted The Legend of Korra in that number. But even given my interest in those shows I still find myself more and more disheartened by television. Up until the last couple of months I hadn’t really considered the reasoning for my detachment from TV, it was just a lack of enthusiasm as far as I was concerned. But Netflix being brought to Australia nudged the gears into motion and my discontent began to process properly.

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