Marvel turns incel culture on its head

  • ‘Moon Knight’ Stops Fan Theory in Time to Avoid Past Marvel Mistakes

    moon knight It is a small step for Humanity, but a big step for incel culture. One of the great successes of the Marvel Studios series moon knight has been to give a completely different personality to Steven Grant, one of the multiple personalities of the character of Marc Spector (Oscar Isaac). Instead of repeating the self-assured, successful man, movie producer we’ve seen all our lives in comics, they’ve turned him into a lovable incel. Now the totally and absolutely self-confident personality is the main one of Marc Spector. As it is still too early to talk about where they are going in the series with Mr. Knight (which I have no doubt will be equally satisfactory, although he does not look like Warren Ellis’s cool detective, although it remains to be seen if he will be the guy with the centered head of Jeff Lemire) let’s assume that he is a mocking version, the harlequin of the Commedia dell’Arte, clear contrast with the tough and determined Marc Spector, main personality and avatar of the main Moon Knight. Mr. Knight would clearly be the Brighella of the Commedia dell’Arte. And among all of them, the incel to which all things happen stands out, the incel where the dissociative personality disorder is reflected. He is a twist on the Pulcinella, the silly servant of the Neapolitan model. And it makes perfect sense. The weight of the hero is to get the viewer to identify with him, something that the villains never have to worry about, the correct theory of Ethan Hawke, and that from fragility to action, to determination is a good way to anchor the interest of viewers who are new to the Moon Knight universe. It was a risky bet, but it has worked out well for Marvel Studios.

    Gabor Kotschy

    After watching the first two episodes of moon knightOscar Isaac’s interpretation shows that it is possible to show another type of incel that seriously competes with Joaquin Phoenix’s incel in Joker, which sparked a heated controversy (based on the fact that this character was a cinematographic representation of the aggressive subculture generated in Internet forums that had become a violent community), although they are different characters, and, above all, it makes us realize that Oscar Isaac could perfectly have starred in Todd Phillips’ film with an equally surprising result. And, incidentally, it does a favor to the original incel culture, the one that was born 20 years ago, the one that ironically (because of how it has evolved) was created by a 24-year-old bisexual woman in the year 2000, not the byproduct which led in 2018, two decades later, to a monstrosity of violence loaded with misogyny. Oscar Isaac’s character, the Steven Grant of Marvel Studios, strips away rage and misogyny and shakes off the bile parody this subculture had become. Above all, leaving aside the personality disorder, he poses a new model of incel, a new non-toxic example. Holy what does all this come from? According to the little data that there is on these groups, they are linked to mental illness. Our Moon Knight Incel association is not so far-fetched.

    And it is a different view than the one usually given to incel. The Enigma of Paul Dano in The Batman and the community that he generates on the Internet walks between the incel of jesterBrad Pitt’s Tyler Durden in Fight club and any unbalanced in real life linked to extreme right groups. Moon Knight plays with the concept of incel that is more real, more everyday and with which it is easier for the public to identify. And that is healthy insofar as it offers new non-violent models. In the end, that Marc Spector, a mercenary who was already violent, an unbalanced former Army veteran, is violent, is the executing arm of Konshu, the Egyptian god of the moon, makes perfect sense. And that the series has not wanted to play with a violent incel (since it has taken a blank canvas to create from scratch one of Marc Spector’s personalities, who has been anything but a sharp guy in the comics) and has bet for another type of character. And not only to take advantage of Oscar Isaac’s comical vision, who already has the personality of Mr. Knight for that.

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