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Go woke, go … Marvel. The 33rd film in the mammoth movie series was just released, and it scored the lowest opening in the history of what is known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU. “The Marvels” was anything but marvelous.
For 22 movies, the MCU was the home of some of the most-famous comic book heroes in history – Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor and Black Widow. They conquered enemies on screen and, more importantly, conquered the box office as well. Statista says the MCU with all its other spin-offs has made roughly $30 billion or three times what the “Star Wars” universe brought in.
That’s the goose that laid a lot of golden eggs. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the message the Disney execs wanted. They demanded a more diverse, political, and hip universe. No matter what fans were paying to watch.
After the movie appropriately titled “Avengers: Endgame,” things got more difficult. That movie (spoiler alert) killed off and aged beloved characters, leaving Spider-Man, Thor, and the also-rans of the MCU in charge. (I bet I get emails for that comment.) “Marvels” does more than just continue the MCU’s slide into