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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is Stuck on “Acceptance”

There are approximately six hundred and fifty concurrent Marvel movies and TV shows going on right now. Earth number 199999 has no shortage of colorful characters who have seen an amalgam of bizarre circumstances. Aliens coming out of portals, super soldiers fighting red skulled Nazis in World War II, people becoming big green monsters and insect-sized ant-herders, sentient robots lifting up cities and Norse gods turning out to be real.

So why do they keep considering stuff “crazy” when they learn the overarching plot/maguffin?

I watched The Defenders a little while ago and there’s a scene where the four of them have one of the bad guys tied up. They’re interrogating him on his evil plan, getting that sweet sweet exposition. Said evil plan is to use Iron Fist to break down a wall and get some kind of black water that lets you come back to life or something. And Jessica Jones says something to the effect of “this is crazy, why should we believe this guy?”

Um, have you taken a look around lately? Bulletproof skin, blind ninja, glowing fist, and you yourself have super-strength from no known cause. In the most recent hours you’ve seen people you thought were dead walk around and kick your ass. Not to mention all the weird stuff you’ve already seen on the news.

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Not exactly a buried lede

Is it really appropriate to call anything bollocks anymore? It’s a cheap writer ploy to give a little conflict, but at this point in the MCU, it’s a ridiculous thing for anyone to think. If I were in her place I’d be saying, “Immortality goo? Sure, sounds legit.”

There’s just too much that’s happened–even just the stuff that’s been revealed to the public–for anyone to dismiss the improbable (especially if you’re one of the recipients of said improbableness).

People take it all for granted when you’ve got clean energy thanks to a guy flying around in a suit of armor. But when is enough enough? I say it’s now. And anyone saying “this is crazy” needs an idiot check.

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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