From its opening scene Iron man In 2008, the military-industrial complex was sewn into the fabric of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Captain America, the Hulk, the War Machine and Captain Marvel are all involved in one way or another. But because of Hollywood the image has always tended to be positive Long-standing partnership with the US military. This week What if? Using Freedom given by animation To go a little darker on the subject and show us how easily the business of war could have crossed the narrative.
The difference this time around is that Eric Kilmonger was apparently assigned to a secret mission with Ten Ring and in the process ended up saving Tony Stark’s life. So Tony was never injured and forced to make the Iron Man suit, but continued his way of making a profit from the fight – even though he now has a new BFF by his side. Instead of being someone who buries himself in his work (and makes a literal armor to protect himself), Tony blows up Kilmonjar instead, fully prepared to direct him to land Wakanda.
This brings Wakanda to the narrative much earlier than its original 2006 timeline debut. Captain America: Civil War. The country’s separatist policy has been used as a ratchet to explain why we’ve never heard a peek from Wakanda but instead of all the stories that came out of Stark’s initial attack, it quickly comes to the fore here: the conflict with Obadiah Stan and Tony’s palladium poisoning in the first two Iron Man films, and later the attack on Sokovia. Age of Ultron And Baron Jemo’s revenge plan Civil war. General Ross even made an appearance here, expressing doubts as to whether this was the case Incredibly messy ship Even now the same thing has happened. Instead of introducing Wakanda through the UN peace conference, they are a defensive country against the forces of mechanical power.
The episode quickly made it clear how much the MCU relied on Tony Stark’s participation, although not a good feeling for George Bailey. It’s a wonderful life Way inside Civil war, Vision indicates that the power shown since Iron Man’s debut invites challenges. Here, we have somehow put an end to a great conflict by showing that the aggressive force that created the heroic era of the MCU already existed, encouraged by the advancement of technology. With the exception of superheroes raising banners, the military is the beneficiary of all that power.
However, the military is a system as much as it is human, and throughout the episode there is a strange feeling that responsibility is not in the hands of any particular person, not even Eric Kilmanger. We’ve clearly shown where he’s pulling the strings, but characters like Tony Stark and General Ross are all very willing. But even they do not feel complete control over what will happen. During the episode’s half-hour runtime, the conflict escalates rapidly and unevenly, perhaps the victim of the show’s fast-paced storytelling.
It is no coincidence that the war that started the MCU was a conflict in Afghanistan, although the fact is that this episode was broadcast a month after the United States became involved. It has been a way of life for so long that the whole thing seems easy to float away, especially if you were born after 9/11. This episode reinforces the role of MCU in this era, a place where we can go beyond all these ugly earthly conflicts and tackle more cosmic problems. By removing the heroes from the equation, MCU becomes a horrible mirror of the mentality we have been living in for two decades.
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