How Black Widow Depicts themes of dehumAnization and human trafficking

By Jillian Chilingerian When Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) first appeared on the screen in “Iron Man 2”(2010), Tony Stark referred to her as “I want one” and that is how she was characterized throughout her entire 10-year run. Dressed in her skintight catsuit and every shade of red hair, her onscreen role was to have sexual tension with every member of the Avengers whom she … Continue reading How Black Widow Depicts themes of dehumAnization and human trafficking

ITOL Top 50 Films of the Decade, Entry No 19: Captain Marvel

Despite arguably being the most powerful character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Captain Marvel still had a lot of heavy lifting to do in terms of expectations. It was the 21st film in the MCU, and the precursor to the event that was “Avengers: Endgame”, which came out roughly 7 weeks after Captain Marvel’s debut. It was the first to be a solo outing for a female character in the MCU, being the titular Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). It also felt like an eleventh-hour decision to have our first introduction to the character, and it was heavily hinted that she was going to play a significant role in Endgame.

Fortunately, for the better part of the movie, Larson manages to shoulder the expectations set on her and uses them to launch herself into the MCU. Her extensive acting talents are sublimely on display when she rotates effortlessly between her two distinct personas. The first being Vers, battling with memory loss and the echoes of who she once was, while desperately trying to fight her emotional nature and to try and appear stoic in a foreign environment. Secondly, as the stone-cold badass Air Force pilot Carol Danvers that we witness in flashbacks. Continue reading ITOL Top 50 Films of the Decade, Entry No 19: Captain Marvel

The Brie Backlash: Exploring The Toxicity Towards Brie Larson

Hating Brie Larson seems to be a full-time job for some people and they’re making a fair profit off toxic fandom. Typing her name into YouTube will generate results such as videos discussing her ‘Flat Bum’, ‘Avengers Cast Savagely Roast Brie Larson’, ‘Brie’s Bots Exposed’, and ‘Brie is ruining Marvel’ just to name a few. Despite both “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers Endgame” breaking box office history, the hate towards Brie Larson doesn’t seem to be evaporating. Continue reading The Brie Backlash: Exploring The Toxicity Towards Brie Larson