Friday, September 21, 2018

"The Expendable Disabled Heroes of Marvel’s Infinity War"


Rocket Raccoon meets James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes. The audience is ready to laugh the second the raccoon eyes up the veteran. They know what’s coming.


Rhodey gestures to the mechanical leg braces that allow him to walk and says he paid the price for being on the wrong side. He uses the braces to “stand up” to the hologram of Ross, embracing a masculine stereotype. He’s proud of his punishment.


Nebula isn’t with the Guardians. She’s introduced into Infinity War as a failure. Thanos has already captured her. Her prosthetics, which mean mobility and freedom to real disabled people, are pulled apart to keep her helpless.


Infinity War tosses in a scene where it turns out Rocket stole a prosthetic eye from someone and gives it to Thor. Neither of them cares who he stole it from. Thor pops it into place, and presto, Chris Hemsworth is handsome again,