I mean, how does the color of his skin change who his character is? There aren’t black dudes in Philadelphia? (I have been greatly misinformed about Philly. Someone should tell The Roots). Nebraska is only white? (It’s not. There is a 1.8% Asian population and the historical ancestry of the state puts it at 8.7 Mexican.)
Why can’t a renowned medical doctor be Israeli? Why can’t he be born in Tel Aviv? Why can’t a master of the mystical arts be East Indian?
WHAT DO HIS PARENTS NAMES HAVE TO DO WITH IT? My mother is a fucking proud, strong, German and Maori woman, and her name is Shelley. The whitest name on the fucking planet.
Why does he have to be white? Why does Tony Stark have to be white? Why do any of these fucking white men that have populated the Marvel Cinematic Universe have to be white?* Ya’ll are okay with Hulk fitting into Bruce Banner’s pants but HEAVEN FUCKING FORBID WE THROW A LITTLE DARKNESS INTO THE MIX.
And please, please don’t tell me that it’s not book accurate because I’m pretty fucking sure that Asgard doesn’t have laser cannons and little flying dinghies but no one seemed to have a problem with that.
Look, I know he’s white. And I know Marvel Studios are going to cast another white dude in a lead role. I know I’m not going to get this, I know representation in Marvel movies is, as yet, relegated to sidekicks and secondary characters. Which is more than other studios do. But it’s not enough, it’s never going to be enough, and I’m not going to stop talking about it. Sorry honey, sorry to go off on you a little, but…yeah. This is a great chance for Marvel Studios to Do Better, and I know they’re not going to.
But hey maybe they’ll cast a black woman as Doctor Stephanie Strange WOULDN’T THAT BE A FUCKING TRIP.
(hah no no, a black woman in the mcu, where do I come up with this gibberish…)
*I have two personal exceptions to this when it comes to top-tier characters. Cap and Luke Cage, who I feel hold their race as an integral part of who they are, and how their history has unfolded.
IM SORRY BUT I CANT STOP LAUGHING BECAUSE WHEN I READ PHILADELPHIA MY INITIAL REACTION WAS TO START SINGING “IN WEST PHILADELPHIA BORN AND RAISED” AND THEN I REMEMBERED THAT THIS PERSON WAS USING PHILADELPHIA AS A REASON FOR SOMEONE BEING WHITE