Studio making Avengers movie did something right
Q.What would be an example of something you didn’t figure out until later in the process?Well I think he did the right thing. This increasingly leftist writer was already going out of his way with political insanity when he and his co-writer Andrew Chambliss on the Buffy comics wrote about her getting an abortion after ending up throughly drunk at a party. Why do we have to hear a politicized speech that's basically telling nobody's got a responsibility to society by earning a living and pulling their own weight, and all coming from someone who's made loads of cash during his 2 decades plus in showbiz?
A.One of the best scenes that I wrote was the beautiful and poignant scene between Steve and Peggy [Carter] that takes place in the present. And I was the one who was like, Guys, we need to lose this. It was killing the rhythm of the thing. And we did have a lot of Cap, because he really was the in for me. I really do feel a sense of loss about what’s happening in our culture, loss of the idea of community, loss of health care and welfare and all sorts of things. I was spending a lot of time having him say it, and then I cut that.
Newsbusters says that conservative comics fans surely would've been embarrassed to hear Capt. America spouting leftist/socialist rhetoric, but the thing is - this has been going on for a long time, definitely for a decade now, in the very comic books Capt. America's originated in. Already back in 2002-2003, there were accusations taking place in the comics that the USA were "terrorists" in a contrived story featuring a small town with a bomb-making factory taken hostage by terrorists who turned out to be supplied by the USA itself, and Steve Rogers acting as though his own country was a scapegoat, no matter what he said in defense. The Marvel Knights series where this took place became unreadable very fast, and was deservedly canceled 2 years later. Yet many of the overt liberal talking points have still remained, whether it was in the Avengers, the Civil War crossover, the Ultimate line, or even Captain America's own series published since then.
In fact, why did Whedon feel he needed to edit out the liberalism from the Avengers movie, yet had no qualms about the Buffy comic he published spouting almost similar rhetoric? This basically symbolizes a problem of how comics are being exploited under the very noses of the public, because the writers think nobody will care enough about the medium to object (and sadly, it does seem at times like few do), and thus see it as the perfect way to get away with a lot of aggravating nonsense. If that's so, then it's a real shame, and certainly odd how filmmakers might recognize that overly liberal rhetoric can lose them a lot of money, but comics publishers don't see the same way.