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‘WandaVision’ Re-Written to Avoid ‘White Guy Saving the Day’

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Decisions in 2021 are, in large part, based upon race. Race determines reactions from executives across corporate America, curricula inside college campuses, and whether a story is covered or ignored. In the entertainment industry, race and gender even determine how a storyline is rewritten.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige — likely a stooge — revealed to Rolling Stone that Marvel struck a deal with Benedict Cumberbatch to appear as Dr. Strange in the final episode of WandaVision, a signing that fans were asking for. Yet, late in the process, the planned appearance was written out of the show. Omitted completely. Gone.

Was Dr. Strange a poor fit? Did his appearance feel like fan service? Would it have been forced? No, no, and no. Dr. Strange was written out of the show because he is — well — a white man. Spooky.

“Some people might say, ‘Oh, it would’ve been so cool to see Dr. Strange,’” says Feige. “But it would have taken away from Wanda, which is what we didn’t want to do. We didn’t want the end of the show to be commoditized to go to the next movie — here’s the white guy, ‘Let me show you how power works.’”

“Here’s the white guy.”

Thank the Lord that Marvel stopped that. Who could have stood for a racist, sexist outcome of that magnitude? A white guy saving the day? Yikes, it’s 2021.

Feige, a white guy, was eager to drop this line. Instead of simply saying the show wanted Wanda to save the day — which makes sense — he felt obligated to note it was done to stick it to a white guy. A line like this ensures Feige is going nowhere. Who would dare think of replacing a white guy who supported a rewrite to prevent giving a white male character a moment?

What’s more, the last-minute rewrite exemplifies how far the entertainment industry has drifted from viewers. It’s not that viewers care if a white guy is involved in the climax of a series. They don’t, at all. They don’t care if the character is white, black, green, or in a full costume never revealing their race. Why would anyone?

Few sane viewers even think about the race of a fictional character. Critics, meanwhile, see little else. Critics, both established and verified on Twitter, are the ones directors and writers seek to please. That, as I’ve explained, is akin to how executives at sports networks operate — not for sports fans, but for media writers and disgruntled former employees.

Dr. Strange is popular, but wasn’t allowed in.

As routine as it is for Batman to save the day, a new trend has been set. DC, you are on the clock.

It’s unclear how much saving Godzilla can do these days…

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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  1. If this is what kills the Hollyweird beast…I’m ok with it.

    They must think they are still as powerful as they were in the 80s and 90s. Nope, not so much once they went woke.

  2. There was an old sitcom rule that was applied by the shows that held up the best, and it’s still true:

    NEVER write about current day politics
    because if the show reaches syndication every line will eventually fail.

    Part of the reason that the redux of Will & Grace crashed and burned was because they ignored this rule – and were totally partisan to boot. If Disney – for example – writes Chris Pratt out of Guardians for being white – they can say goodbye to this and every franchise they produce. Organic diversity is fine. After-the-fact forced diversity fools no one – most especially the woke crowd. Thus, you lose 100% of your audience.

  3. “Endgame” was just that wasn’t it? I enjoyed the MCU being fun while it lasted. For me, they have gone the way of the NBA now – done with it. I will watch re-runs of old stuff (like I do with the NBA) but this makes it clear my dollar is not what they are after any longer.

  4. Even though World History is full of White Men saving the day, often to his peril, this is what Disney does!?

    i’m a stones throw from Disney and i’m turned off by everything they do. and they keep doing more of it. maybe they should focus on the 100’s of pedophiles that visit that park often.

    a once great family oriented place has become a repository for nutz … cracked nutz.

    families keep buying their garbage not realizing what they are being sold.

    (some day a white guy is gonna stand and just watch the chaos eat itself)

  5. Honestly, I couldn`t care less about this. I`ve never heard of Wandavision. In fact, I would`nt know Wanda if i F**ked her from behind. It`s actually kind of fun watching these people drown in their own white guilt. The nine million people that watched the awards 2 weeks ago will be double what it will be next year………..

    • I tried to visit ‘The Ringer site, but couldn’t stomach it, it was just too much. But they gave all these updates on the show, article after article. I didn’t read any because I’m bored stiff of comic book world. But it’s absurd and hilariously hypocritical that all these hand wringers are white guys and some gals. Nothing like a white dude in power saying he held down the fake white guy comic book character to equalize society.

  6. The shows are getting so predictable now. Let’s just say the hero is always going to be the woman now, while the man will look like a clumsy dolt. It’s so commonplace in every storyline that it’s now cliché. Every woman lead character in an action or thriller show is going to be portrayed like she’s Xena warrior princess on steroids who can do no wrong, is a victim, beats up huge guys with ease, is highly trained in every aspect of special forces known to man, takes no orders from anyone, all while having an IQ of 180. I am all about women’s rights, but give us a break already with the INCESSANT female heroine angle.

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