James Gunn’s Answer to the Captain America Twist

MOVIE NEWS – The recent shock that Steve Rogers, Captain America himself, was a HYDRA agent all this time, is controversial – to say the least. A huge quantity of public outcry rose against Marvel Comics‘ decision to revive the Rogers variant of the character with such a face smacking twist. Yet, amidst the noise and the fighting, a voice of reason has peaked out of the rubble – James Gunn.

Using his Facebook page to address those fans who had a more aggressive stance against the recent decision, Gunn put the issue to rest in one short answer:

“If you’re a forty-year-old dude claiming a comics company ruined your childhood because of a plot twist, you might consider that your childhood really wasn’t that great to begin with.”

Obviously, the way the internet works, a backlash rose against James Gunn‘s response to the backlash. While he is essentially working on Guardians of the Galaxy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some still thought that he somehow wanted the twist in the Captain America comics.

Others on an even darker side of the spectrum wished harm against Gunn‘s pet cat, Emily. Though James Gunn‘s argument was a short, pithy affair with not much background for his argument, the response should have been loud and clear: it really is a crummy way to look at life if you think your childhood hinged on a plot point in a comic book. That said, there was a piece of the argument that James Gunn didn’t argue in his short missive, that he would later address in a longer, more detailed statement.

In truth, despite the horrific response of fans of the Captain America franchise, there is a lot of stories that fans have identified with throughout the 75 year run of the character. Captain America has become a symbol of a brand of high flying patriotism that you just don’t see these days, especially when that patriotism was also found with a heaping dose of understanding and acceptance of all types. So to swap the character into a HYDRA / Nazi agent that basically turned his back on such beliefs could be seen as a theoretical “betrayal” to the fans who loved him for those reasons. James Gunn comes to the rescue again, as he tried to bridge the gap between the less sensible and more level headed fans, with the below follow-up on the issue at hand.

As Gunn said above, it’s understandable to hate this decision. It’s even perfectly fine to rant on the internet about not liking this new direction the Captain America comic series is taking. However, the fine line between venting and going overboard with threats and rants that lob insults is one that we fans must keep in mind when arguing the point of such a development. It’s ok to feel that Marvel Comics is pulling another publicity stunt to boost comic sales, but it’s not ok to threaten someone’s cat because they feel that you should chill out about a decision that doesn’t retroactively threaten your childhood.

If you’re afraid your childhood will be ruined, then it’s probably not a good idea to see James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, which is scheduled to rock it out on May 5, 2017. It’s also advised that you avoid X-Men: Apocalypse, which is in theaters now, and Doctor Strange, which is set for a November 4th release date. But if you’re ready to keep an open mind, and enjoy some distracting entertainment, as well as some vigorous discussion on the internet, then we’ll see you at the movies.

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BadSector is a seasoned journalist for more than twenty years. He communicates in English, Hungarian and French. He worked for several gaming magazines - including the Hungarian GameStar, where he worked 8 years as editor. (For our office address, email and phone number check out our impressum)

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