WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame.
Avengers: Endgame is one of the biggest films of all time, and it’s certainly one of the most critically acclaimed films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One aspect of the film that garnered the most acclaim was the uniting of nearly the entire MCU for an all-out battle against Thanos. Despite the immense joy this move brought to die-hard and casual fans alike, not everyone was in agreement.
Apparently, someone wasn’t happy with a few of the characters in the movie. Specifically, the female ones.
NPR reported yesterday that an anonymous “fan” has released an edited version of Endgame called the “defeminized” version. This new edit minimizes the roles of all the female characters in the film… and some, it even removes.
Captain Marvel was cut out of the film entirely. For a “fan,” this anonymous editor is ruthless with the film’s plot; without Captain Marvel, there are also no scenes where she saves Iron Man from space and destroys one of Thanos’ ships in the final battle (both of which are pretty important to the timeline of the film). The scene where all the female superheroes come together, referencing a potential A-Force movie, is conspicuously absent.
Some smaller scenes are also missing, such as the opening scene where Hawkeye trains his daughter in archery, and when Tony Stark talks with Pepper Potts about potentially returning to the team.
Some male scenes were edited as well: Black Panther was removed, as well as any scenes involving two male characters hugging. While that last one doesn’t necessarily move anything plot-relevant, it is a bit baffling.
A deliberate removal of women from a cult classic film, while controversial, is nothing new. When Star Wars: The Last Jedi met with polarizing reception from fans, a “chauvinist cut” appeared online that edited out all the female characters in the movie—reducing the two-and-a-half film to only 45 minutes.
It’s unclear whether or not this film is an elaborate troll, and it may no longer be available online.
What are your thoughts on this?
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