Marvel comes under fire by fans for only ‘airbrushing’ female characters

Marvel fans have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the appearance of certain characters in upcoming movie Avengers: Endgame.

Outrage sparked after Marvel Studios uploaded a series of ட்வீட் on Tuesday, March 26, in which they shared photos of the many characters in the movie – which is due to be released on Friday, April 26.

The images caused a stir among a number of eagle-eyed fans, who noticed that it looked as though the faces of the female characters had been airbrushed, while faces of the male characters seem to have remained un-retouched.

Yikes! Some Marvel fans have reveled disappointment in the appearance of certain characters in posters for upcoming movie Avengers: Endgame on social media

Yikes! Some Marvel fans have reveled disappointment in the appearance of certain characters in posters for upcoming movie Avengers: Endgame on social media

Yikes! Some Marvel fans have reveled disappointment in the appearance of certain characters in posters for upcoming movie Avengers: Endgame on social media

Interesting: The backlash came after Marvel Studios posted a series of photos of the various characters in the movie on Twitter on Tuesday, March 26

Interesting: The backlash came after Marvel Studios posted a series of photos of the various characters in the movie on Twitter on Tuesday, March 26

Interesting: The backlash came after Marvel Studios posted a series of photos of the various characters in the movie on Twitter on Tuesday, March 26

Difference: Several fans noticed that photos of the female characters looked like they had been airbrushed, while the image of the male characters looked un-retouched

Difference: Several fans noticed that photos of the female characters looked like they had been airbrushed, while the image of the male characters looked un-retouched

Difference: Several fans noticed that photos of the female characters looked like they had been airbrushed, while the image of the male characters looked un-retouched

Difference: Several fans noticed that photos of the female characters looked like they had been airbrushed, while the image of the male characters looked un-retouched

Difference: Several fans noticed that photos of the female characters looked like they had been airbrushed, while the image of the male characters looked un-retouched

Contrast: Some people commented on the fact that many of the men appeared to have lines in their foreheads, while the female characters' skin appeared smooth and wrinkle-free

Contrast: Some people commented on the fact that many of the men appeared to have lines in their foreheads, while the female characters' skin appeared smooth and wrinkle-free

Contrast: Some people commented on the fact that many of the men appeared to have lines in their foreheads, while the female characters' skin appeared smooth and wrinkle-free

Contrast: Some people commented on the fact that many of the men appeared to have lines in their foreheads, while the female characters' skin appeared smooth and wrinkle-free

Contrast: Some people commented on the fact that many of the men appeared to have fine lines in their foreheads, while the female characters’ skin appeared smooth and wrinkle-free

Observation: San Francisco-based Instagram user Katie Antoniou shared comparison photos of some of the male and female characters in a post on Wednesday, March 27

Observation: San Francisco-based Instagram user Katie Antoniou shared comparison photos of some of the male and female characters in a post on Wednesday, March 27

Observation: San Francisco-based Instagram user Katie Antoniou shared comparison photos of some of the male and female characters in a post on Wednesday, March 27

Comparison: In the post, she said the women have 'literally no facial lines' while 'every single one' of the men appear to have lines on their foreheads

Comparison: In the post, she said the women have 'literally no facial lines' while 'every single one' of the men appear to have lines on their foreheads

Comparison: In the post, she said the women have ‘literally no facial lines’ while ‘every single one’ of the men appear to have lines on their foreheads

Mad: Katie said the photos made her 'so mad' and she reached out to body positive activist Jameela Jamil to 'back [her] up' on the issue

Mad: Katie said the photos made her 'so mad' and she reached out to body positive activist Jameela Jamil to 'back [her] up' on the issue

Mad: Katie said the photos made her ‘so mad’ and she reached out to body positive activist Jameela Jamil to ‘back [her] up’ on the issue

instagram user Katie Antoniou, a San Francisco-based journalist, posted a comparison photo to the social media site on Wednesday, March 27.

The images compared six female characters with six males, including Brie Larson, 29, as Captain Marvel, Gwenyth Paltrow, 46, as Pepper Pots, Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man and Chris Evans as Captain America.

And after seeing the images on social media, Katie made an interesting observation.

She concluded that images of the female characters, including the Black Widow, Valkyrie, Pepper Potts, Okoye the Wasp seem to have been airbrushed to remove any fine lines and wrinkles.

Meanwhile, images of the men looked un-retouched as they appear to have wrinkles and fine lines.

Captioning the images, she said: ‘I love The Avengers. I loved Captain Marvel. But these photos have made me so mad.

‘Spot the difference? Women: literally no facial lines- foreheads completely airbrushed.

‘Men: every single one (even the gods/aliens/people who don’t physically age) you can see lines on their foreheads.

‘And there’s about a dozen more characters I haven’t included, all the same. What’s the deal @marvelstudios? Back me up on this one @jameelajamilofficial?’ she added.

Since she posted the comparison, dozens of users have chimed in to share their opinions, with many agreeing that the differences in the characters are obvious and unjust.

One user said: ‘For me it’s not just that they have lines on the face – I think they have had a lot photo-shopped out too – but they’ve all got the same foreword brow photo-shopped in to show how serious about this world saving business they are!

‘I’m also a massive fan too, by the way,’ she added.

Backlash: Dozens of users commented on the Instagram post, with many agreeing that the photos of female characters look airbrushed, and 'photo-shopped' according to one user

Backlash: Dozens of users commented on the Instagram post, with many agreeing that the photos of female characters look airbrushed, and 'photo-shopped' according to one user

Backlash: Dozens of users commented on the Instagram post, with many agreeing that the photos of female characters look airbrushed, and ‘photo-shopped’ according to one user

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Similarly, another user wrote: ‘That has really p***ed me off.’

‘You’re so very right!!’ added another, who agreed the photos of the women looked airbrushed in comparison to those of the men.

Another user said she also noticed something that didn’t sit well with her.

She said: ‘Not that I just want to p**s people off more, but it’s notable that the average age of these women is 37.

‘The average age of the men is 45. Apparently they shouldn’t just have flawless skin, but also never age past 40,’ she added.

However, everyone wasn’t in agreement with Katie’s post.

One user commented on the post, saying: ‘I was just wondering where Pepper’s facial line went. Oh wait no I wasn’t…Don’t over think it folks its a movie poster, there’s not secret underlining Toxic Male thing going on here.’

Another said: ‘I don’t see any photoshop on the posters.’

‘Its a movie poster! Exactly! Intended to look great. A super heroe poster, which super heroes are portrayed as perfect. Starting a big deal about this cause of a poster with Marvel?’ added another user.

And it isn’t the first time the upcoming movie has come under criticism for the appearance of its characters. Earlier this month, dozens of fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration after seeing the trailer for the movie.

Some fans made an observation that Brie, who plays Carol Danvers, appeared makeup-free in Captain Marvel, while she looked glamorized in the trailer for Avengers: Endgame.

The trailer features Brie for a brief moment in one scene toward the end of the clip, which was enough time for movie fanatics to decide they didn’t like the dolled-up look on the hero.

Disagreeing: Other fans disagreed with the idea that the photos were edited, while others said it wouldn't matter if they had been edited because they are for use in a 'movie poster'

Disagreeing: Other fans disagreed with the idea that the photos were edited, while others said it wouldn't matter if they had been edited because they are for use in a 'movie poster'

Disagreeing: Other fans disagreed with the idea that the photos were edited, while others said it wouldn’t matter if they had been edited because they are for use in a ‘movie poster’

Controversial: The upcoming movie came under backlash earlier this month when fans stated that they weren't happy with the amount of makeup Brie Larson was wearing in the trailer

Controversial: The upcoming movie came under backlash earlier this month when fans stated that they weren't happy with the amount of makeup Brie Larson was wearing in the trailer

Controversial: The upcoming movie came under backlash earlier this month when fans stated that they weren’t happy with the amount of makeup Brie Larson was wearing in the trailer

Disappointed: Fans were unhappy with the makeup Brie's character wore in the trailer, because she was seen to appear more or less makeup-free in Captain Marvel (pictured)

Disappointed: Fans were unhappy with the makeup Brie's character wore in the trailer, because she was seen to appear more or less makeup-free in Captain Marvel (pictured)

Disappointed: Fans were unhappy with the makeup Brie’s character wore in the trailer, because she was seen to appear more or less makeup-free in Captain Marvel (pictured)

Angry: Dozens of fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration about her appearance, with many saying that men were responsible for her altered look

Angry: Dozens of fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration about her appearance, with many saying that men were responsible for her altered look

Angry: Dozens of fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration about her appearance, with many saying that men were responsible for her altered look

Twitter user @ryannewmann said: ‘Carol Danvers looking pristinely covered in makeup and all glammed up in the new trailer as opposed to her Captain Marvel look reblog if you disagree. I’m not having that s**t.’

User @moonliIIies said she was unhappy with the makeup Brie wore in the trailer, and that she thought that it ‘didn’t make sense’ to change her style.

She wrote in a series of tweets: ‘In captain marvel we saw carol throughout her life, from child to adult, in flashbacks. In every single flashback she had the same tomboyish style. It doesn’t make sense to change her style after she spent decades not being feminine.

‘Carol’s casual looks in captain marvel are loose t-shirts or loose muscle tanks and shorter curlier hair, with no noticeable makeup.

‘Men changing her so she wears a tiny black tank top and makeup is really telling and i wish you people could recognize that.

‘It’s just so frustrating because so many of the mcu women are feminine or wear makeup that seeing carol reject traditional femininity was really satisfying. It feels like a step backwards to have her look entirely different in endgame.

She added: ‘Carol during a possible world-ending event in her solo movie: leather jacket, flannel, jeans, baseball cap, no makeup, short curly hair.

‘Or her kree uniform. carol during a world-ending event in endgame: long straightened and styled hair, tiny black tank top, lipstick, smokey eye.’

The user explained that although she can understand that ‘style’ can change over time, she feels as though directors of the movie are ‘imposing bias’.

She explained: ‘Yes, style can change over time. But in a movie co-directed by a woman, carol was shown to be a tomboy throughout her life. And when she’s in a movie directed by men, she suddenly embraces femininity.

‘That’s not the character making choices, that’s the directors imposing bias,’ she added.

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