Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn’t come out till May 1st, but we’ve put our heads together to predict some of the situations we’re in for during this second go-round of the popular Marvel franchise.
1. There will be Racial Pushback
War Machine in Avengers: Age of Ultron
One of the Avengers’ black dudes is going to die.
It’s not going to be Sam Wilson, The Falcon.
It’s probably not going to be Nick Fury, because …
It’s going to be James Rhodes, War Machine.
War Machine will die, because I’m willing to bet the studio thinks the Avengers roster can’t have four black guys in the starting lineup between Nick Fury, James Rhodes, Sam Wilson and T’Challa.
It’s a total bummer, because (a) Don Cheadle’s War Machine was the most enjoyable part of Iron Man parts 2 and 3, (b) War Machine is a killer character design, and (c) Black Panther is going to be the stud of Marvel’s Phase 3 and is more or less an interesting version of Batman.
War Machine’s death is going to pull the curtain back on racial casting even further than it was when Terrence Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle, who, while great in the role, essentially got the part for being the ‘next-most-available-leading-man-black-guy.’
Put this one in the books, kids. Daddy had this hot take before anyone else.
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