Sam Wilson gets this amazing backstory about being a paratrooper and getting through PTSD. And he’s like this life coach for other soldiers who have trouble adjusting back home; and he volunteers to go up against an entire spy organization with only two other people because he knows it’s the right thing to do; and he sits by Cap’s bedside while he’s recovering—because he’s a paratrooper, and he catches people, and that’s the kind of guy he is. He’s got your back. And he’s funny, and clever, and has no time for your bullshit, and is a genuinely nice guy.
And Nick Fury gets to be this great, fleshed-out character who has trouble trusting people—because he’s a black man living in invisibly-racist America; because policemen have pulled him over because his car’s too nice and he must have stolen it; because his grandfather had to bring a gun to work, and he worked in an elevator; because he lost an eye the last time he trusted someone. He’s impulsive, and rash, and he doesn’t wait for anyone to give him the go ahead, he just acts, because he only trusts himself.
And Natasha Romanoff is not anyone’s sex object, and she wears hoodies that hide her figure because who cares. She’s the smartest person in the room, and she’s a lethal killer, and she hacks into databases with ease. She plays by her own rules, and she’s never let anyone see the real her because if they do, they’ll know exactly how to hurt her. She worries that she might have been working for the wrong team all this time, again, and she’s not used to people trusting her. She’s not an ice queen and she’s not a seductress: she’s a woman with a terrible past, and a good heart.
THESE WRITERS, YOU GUYS. THIS CHARACTERIZATION.
THESE ARE SUCH WONDERFUL, FLESHED-OUT MINORITY CHARACTERS.
AND THIS IS A SUMMER POPCORN MOVIE. ABOUT SUPERHEROES.
“When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, “Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.” That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino superhero. Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that.”—Anthony Mackie (via rexilla)