Disney Investor Nelson Peltz on “Woke” MCU: “Why Do I Have to Have a Marvel [Movie] That’s All Women?”

Disney Investor Nelson Peltz on Woke MCU Why Do I Have to Have a Marvel Movie Thats All Women

Nelson Peltz investor aiming to win two Disney board seats recently found himself in hot water after he made several comments aimed toward Disney’s “woke” strategy, aiming to include women and minorities in the movies more.

In a recent interview with the Financial Times, 81-year-old businessman Peltz, who lacks experience in the media industry, questioned the need for films like ‘The Marvels’ and ‘Black Panther’ to have all-female or all-Black casts. Peltz rhetorically asked why such movies couldn’t feature both genders and diverse casts, expressing his opinion against the necessity of exclusively female or Black-led Marvel films.

Why do I have to have a Marvel [movie] that’s all women? Not that I have anything against women, but why do I have to do that? Why can’t I have Marvels that are both? Why do I need an all-Black cast?

‘The Marvels’ doesn’t have an all-female cast, and ‘Black Panther’ doesn’t have an all-black cast, but Peltz is not the only one who noticed the change of direction in the entertainment industry in recent years. Due to Marvel Studios’ focus on female-led projects, some fans started using derogatory terms to refer to MCU as “M-SHE-U.” Part of the mockery has been also targeted at the ‘Star Wars’ franchise, one more franchise under the control of Disney.

There’s also the other side of the story however, as recently, female-led projects such as ‘Madame Web’ and ‘The Marvels’ saw historically low box office results, which prompted some media outlets to wage war on misogyny in the entertainment industry, calling fans to “do better.” The stats for ‘The Marvels’ however showed that the vast majority of the audience were males.

Female-led superhero movies are nothing new, and such projects have also seen historical success the most recent examples being DCEU’s ‘Wonder Woman’ and MCU’s ‘Captain Marvel’ both movies considered critical and box office success, with ‘Captain Marvel’ grossing over $1.1 Billion.

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