If you’re a Marvel fan, you’ve probably felt the sting of being made to feel like an outsider. Maybe it was when someone called an MCU film “unrealistic” or said that the comics were just for kids. Perhaps it was because they shamed you for your love of Tony Stark or claimed that Doctor Strange’s powers were ridiculous. Whatever it was, I’m here to tell you: don’t let other people make you feel wrong about being a Marvel fan.
You can get some inspiration and motivation from movies trivia questions and answers, but all that matters is that you’re a fan. And if you need some proof of why you shouldn’t feel wrong about being a Marvel fan, here are three reasons why:
Stan Lee is a comic book writer who created many Marvel characters you know and love. He’s also a pop culture icon, having been inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994 and winning the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush in 2008.
But being such a popular figure isn’t why Stan Lee is essential to your life as a Marvel fan: it’s because he was the first person to introduce these famous superheroes to readers.
The Avengers weren’t around before him, nor were Hulk or Spider-Man (who made his debut in Amazing Fantasy). If it weren’t for Stan Lee, we wouldn’t have any of those characters.
Marvel films are diverse. In the last ten years, Marvel has been at the forefront of representing different types of people on screen. The studio recently pulled off its first significant blockbuster with an all-black cast in Black Panther; before that, they made a movie starring a Pakistani teenager as Ms. Marvel (and then released it in Pakistan). They also have many other characters who are women or members of underrepresented minorities: Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (a Russian spy), Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (a woman with superpowers), Jane Foster/Thor (a scientist), Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel (a Pakistani Muslim girl who develops powers after being exposed to radiation during an accident) etc…
Marvel films are inclusive. This applies to more than just gender and race representation; for example, Shuri is Wakanda’s Princess and sister of T’Challa. She mainly serves as his chief scientist and invents technology like vibranium-powered gloves that can generate electricity blasts. While T’Challa prefers hand-to-hand combat over weapons because he wants his enemies to know why they are being killed rather than just shooting them from afar without any reason.
Do you know how the Marvel movies have good music? Well, that’s because a bunch writes them about avid pop and rock music fans. The people who work for Marvel are also huge fans of pop and rock music. So they’re not just being paid to write something, they genuinely love it because they grew up loving it themselves.
So when you see an awesome song on screen, know that a whole team of people is working behind the scenes to ensure you get your money’s worth. And if those same people are excited about what you’re watching too? Then consider yourself lucky: it means maybe the movie will be good after all.
Marvel films are fun, and you should watch them without guilt.
It would help if you watched Marvel films because they’re fun, and you can enjoy them without feeling bad.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been around for nearly a decade and has become one of the most successful film franchises in history. It has introduced us to dozens of superheroes and villains who have each impacted audiences worldwide. It’s easy to see why: these characters are engaging, entertaining, and relatable, the perfect combination for any franchise.
But along with being entertaining comes criticism from those who argue that MCU films are too idealistic or unrealistic. However, there are many reasons why this is not necessarily true. For example:
You shouldn’t feel wrong about being a Marvel fan for many reasons, and I hope this article helped you see that. If you’re looking for more information on the topic, plenty of other great articles cover the similar ground (like this one from Paste Magazine). If you want to talk more about being a Marvel fan and how it relates to your identity as a geek/nerd/whatever, hit me on Twitter or our Discord server.