Comic book movies, love them or hate them, are the current champions of Hollywood. As other genres of movies have peaked in different eras, nobody can argue that we are currently in the era of the ‘Superheros’ with many of the highest grossing movies of all time being based on characters from Marvel and DC Comics respectively.

Let me start by saying I am indeed a ‘comic-book geek’ familiar with the lore of key marvel properties including Thor; Valkyrie and Heimdall, like all Asgardians whom are based on Norse Mythology, are white.

Why does this matter? Why can’t she be black played by the talented and beautiful Tessa Thompson? Why did nerds across the West cry outrage at the casting of the equally gifted Scarlett Johanson being cast as Major in Ghost In The Shell? Some people may think Valkyrie is not an important character in Thor’s universe however IGN voted her 30th in their ‘Top 50 Avengers’ and ’65th sexiest woman in comics’. Period.

Is this hypocrisy because of a racist anti-white sentiment in the West or as a black university student told me this week ‘the limited number of roles for poc going to white people isn’t a problem but obviously its a problem when we barely get any roles to begin with and the few we do get are changed and given to a white person. We don’t start on a level playing field so the argument doesn’t work both ways.’

Personally, while I find this person to be a racist favoring different treatment based solely on skin colour, I want to believe that the main issue with casting actors who are not obviously the ethnicity of the beloved character is that it is disrespectful to the fans of the character who have loved this character for far longer than the average cinema viewer has enjoyed the MCU. This is the same issue I had with the original casting of Hellboy reboot with Ed Skrein playing an Asian character. The public outrage of that casting was evident and rightly so, however, where were those people with Valkyrie?

It’s the inconsistency I have difficulty understanding. Surely the SJW movement doesn’t stand for discrimination against white people? Do you agree with me? Am I missing the point?

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Highest-grossing movies with Worldwide Box Office
Rank  Peak Title Worldwide gross
1 1 Avatar $2,787,965,087
2 1 Titanic $2,186,772,302
3 3 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $2,068,223,624
4 3 Jurassic World $1,671,713,208
5 3 The Avengers $1,518,812,988
6 4 Furious 7 $1,516,045,911
7 5 Avengers: Age of Ultron $1,405,403,694
8 3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $1,341,511,219
9 5 Frozen $1,287,000,000
10 10 Beauty and the Beast $1,263,521,126
11 11 The Fate of the Furious $1,239,078,381
12 5 Iron Man 3 $1,214,811,252
13 10 Minions $1,159,398,397
14 12 Captain America: Civil War $1,153,304,495
15 4 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $1,123,794,079
16 2 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $1,120,237,002
17 7 Skyfall $1,108,561,013
18 10 Transformers: Age of Extinction $1,104,054,072
19 7 The Dark Knight Rises $1,084,939,099
20 4 Toy Story 3 $1,066,969,703
21 3 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $1,066,179,725
22 20 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $1,056,057,273
23 6 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $1,045,713,802
24 24 Despicable Me 3 $1,031,533,915
25 1 Jurassic Park $1,029,939,903
26 22 Finding Dory $1,028,570,889
27 2 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace $1,027,044,677
28 5 Alice in Wonderland $1,025,467,110
29 24 Zootopia $1,023,784,195
30 14 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $1,021,103,568
31 4 The Dark Knight $1,004,558,444
32 2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone $974,755,371
33 19 Despicable Me 2 $970,761,885
34 2 The Lion King $968,483,777
35 30 The Jungle Book $966,550,600
36 5 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End $963,420,425
37 10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 $960,283,305
38 24 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $958,366,855
39 26 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $956,019,788
40 8 Finding Nemo $940,335,536
41 6 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $939,885,929
42 8 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $934,416,487
43 4 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $926,349,708
44 6 Shrek 2 $919,838,758
45 8 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $896,911,078
46 10 Spider-Man 3 $890,871,626
47 15 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $886,686,817
48 40 Spectre $880,674,609
49 49 Spider-Man: Homecoming $879,998,831
50 6 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $878,979,634

 

 

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