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Women in Marvel Films$
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Miriam Kent

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474448826

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474448826.001.0001

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The (Afro)Future of a Diverse Marvel: Gender, Race and Empire in Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther

The (Afro)Future of a Diverse Marvel: Gender, Race and Empire in Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther

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(p.233) Chapter 10 The (Afro)Future of a Diverse Marvel: Gender, Race and Empire in Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther
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Women in Marvel Films
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Miriam Kent

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474448826.003.0011

This final chapter culminates in a meditation on the significance of Marvel’s Black Panther adaptation, alongside Thor: Ragnarok regarding wider social and political issues. Both films are concerned with similar themes of ethnic bloodlines, royalty and marginalisation. The Trump era gave rise to media texts which have been characterised as reigniting and normalising a politic of white supremacy alongside an overblown neoliberal, capitalist conservatism. These films are therefore positioned within this context, which is both heavily racialised and somewhat naïve in its striving for a postracial utopia. While Black Panther heavily draws from Afrofuturist aesthetics and themes to project empowered black superheroic female subjectivities, Thor: Ragnarok struggles to reconcile the potentially white-supremacist leanings of its Norse source material with an outlook that rests on racial diversity and inclusion.

Keywords:   Afrofuturism, alt-right, Black nerds, Black Panther, Donald Trump, Shuri, Thor: Ragnarok

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