awesome mix vol. 1
people who can’t handle all black outfits are weak
i am 0% the person i was three years ago and i would probably get in a fight with 2011 me
Guardians of the Galaxy is the first Marvel movie with a woman as one of the credited writers.
Nicole Perlman drafted the original screenplay while on a two-year writer’s contract at Marvel Studios, before handing her work over to James Gunn for rewrites in 2012. After that she had little to no influence on the outcome of the film, and my theory is that among various other edits, Gunn’s additions included GotG's handful of weird and jarring attempts at sexist humor.
Back when Gunn was first hired to direct GotG, many fans were apprehensive due to his history of offensive comments online, including a rather gross and sexist blog post titled “50 Superheroes You Want To Have Sex With.” More than 5,000 people signed one of those usually-pointless Change.org petitions, and Gunn went on to give a sincere apology explaining that the blog post (which was more than a year old at that point) had been an attempt at satire, and that he no longer found it funny.
In this context, it’s pretty easy to imagine what happened with Guardians of the Galaxy: Gunn genuinely went out to create a film with “strong female characters” and was savvy enough to include a basic Bechdel pass. But then secure in the knowledge that he was meeting that goal, he failed to realize that jokes about prostitution and background characters like the Collector’s assistant and Peter Quill’s one-night-stands would serve to undermine those intentions.
Yessss. I enjoyed GotG, but I definitely tensed up/rolled my eyes at many a “joke”.
This is a perfect article about the misogyny in GotG! Absolutely perfect! I will repeat that I absolutely love GotG, and it is my second favourite MCU film, but the ‘casual’ sexism was really frustrating and would jar me.