Is Marvel trying to tone down the propaganda in their movies? Probably not, but they seem to have gotten the message that they’re coming on a bit too strong. Marvel has announced via the official Marvel Studios Twitter account that Captain America: New World Order has been retitled Captain America: Brave New World. The film, which stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, who now calls himself Captain America, is a follow-up to the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, in which it was established that Steve Rogers was a racist for passing his shield onto Sam, but that he also would have been a racist for not doing so. The brilliant, thought-provoking creative behind that indecipherable quandary wrote the script for Brave New World, so we should be in for another fun one when this hits theaters on May 3, 2024.
Captain America: Brave New World
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) June 6, 2023
I wonder if this is in response to people not being thrilled by Sam championing a terrorist who massacred innocent people while calling America racist in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Hank Pym extolling the virtues of socialism in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Maybe in the wake of that, calling a movie New World Order suddenly seemed off-putting. This is also on the heels of the last run of Marvel movies and shows being mostly rejected by the audience. They’re stuffing everything they can into Brave New World to make it palatable, like The Hulk, The Leader, Betty Ross, and Harrison Ford (who, based on that picture, won’t be donning General Ross’ trademark mustache; I swear, nobody cares about any of this anymore). Name change aside, I don’t have high hopes for Brave New World; they’ve turned Sam Wilson from a likable, heroic patriot to an obnoxious whiner you wouldn’t want to be stuck talking to at a party. (“You know, terrorists make some good points.”) And they’re pulling a Ragnarok and giving more Hulk comic elements to another character. It’ll be interesting to see if audiences take to this movie. At least the name won’t turn them off.