Marvel removed a controversial subplot from the Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The subplot involved the Flag-Smashers stealing and redistributing vaccines during a pandemic.
The subplot was removed from the show due to concerns that it would be too sensitive and controversial, given the real-world COVID-19 pandemic. Marvel also did not want to be seen as exploiting the pandemic for entertainment purposes.
The removal of the subplot was confirmed by showrunner Kari Skogland in an interview with Collider. Skogland said that the subplot was originally written into the show, but that it was decided to remove it during production.
“We did have a story that was more directly connected to the pandemic,” Skogland said. “But we decided that it was too sensitive and too raw to go there. We didn’t want to be seen as exploiting the pandemic for entertainment purposes.”
The removal of the subplot has been met with mixed reactions from fans. Some fans have praised the decision, saying that it was the right thing to do. Others have criticized the decision, saying that it was censorship and that Marvel is afraid to tackle difficult topics.
Overall, the removal of the controversial subplot from the Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a reminder of the challenges of creating entertainment during a pandemic. Marvel had to carefully consider the potential impact of the subplot on viewers and ultimately decided that it was best to remove it.
Here are some additional thoughts on the matter:
- It is understandable why Marvel would want to avoid a subplot about vaccine theft and redistribution during a pandemic. The topic is very sensitive and could be seen as exploitative.
- However, it is also a shame that the subplot was removed. It could have been a powerful way to explore the social and political issues raised by the pandemic.
- It is important to note that Marvel is a private company and is not obligated to make any particular kind of entertainment. They have the right to decide what they do and do not want to produce.
- However, it is also important to hold Marvel accountable for their decisions. If fans are not happy with the way that Marvel is handling certain topics, they should express their concerns.
Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to include the subplot in the Falcon and the Winter Soldier was a difficult one. There are valid arguments to be made on both sides of the issue.