Marvel Studios’ Blade The film is reportedly on hold as it searches for a new director following Bassam Tariq’s departure from the project. Since vampires are ageless, the story of Blade could take audiences all over the MCU timeline. This timeline doesn’t just include events from the history of MCU movies and streaming shows; some MCU projects have incorporated real-life history.
From the partition of India into Ms. Marvel to the destruction of Pompeii in Loki to World War II in Captain America: The First Avengerthe MCU depicted several real historical events.
The War in Afghanistan (Iron Man)
In the comics, Tony Stark’s origin story is more or less the same as depicted in the MCU. He is captured in a war zone, trapped with fellow scientist Ho Yinsen, and builds super-powered armor to escape. The only difference is that in the comics Tony is captured by Wong-Chu during the Vietnam War, and in the first Iron Man film, he is captured by the Ten Rings during the war in Afghanistan.
By modernizing the origins of the main character, Iron Man updated the Vietnam framework to an Afghan framework and replaced fear of communism in the 1960s with fear of terrorism in the 2000s.
The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima (Eternals)
The MCU Controversy Eternals The film takes place over a period of 7,000 years. The titular ancient aliens are sent to Earth to protect the planet from attacks by the Deviants. Although they are not allowed to help in human conflicts, they are present for some of the most important events in human history. Phastos, the Eternal with Power of Invention, is seen standing in the ruins of Hiroshima after an atomic bomb wiped it out.
Phastos mourns the people of Hiroshima. He believes he is responsible, because in the film’s alternate history, he introduced mankind to the technological innovations that made the atomic bomb possible. After the bombing of Hiroshima, Phastos deems the human race unworthy of being saved.
The Cold War (Black Widow)
The opening flashback in the long-awaited Black Widow The film revealed that, as a child, Natasha Romanoff was part of a group of Soviet spies sent to American suburbs to gather information about the United States. Nat lived in a quaint little house in Ohio, where Alexei Shostakov posed as his father, Melina Vostokoff posed as his mother, and Yelena Belova posed as her sister.
After stealing information from SHIELD, the family had to flee the country in the middle of the night. They traveled to Cuba, where Nat and Yelena were separated from their surrogate parents and sent to the Red Room program to be trained as assassins.
The Beginnings of Babylon (Eternal)
The capital of the Babylonian Empire, Babylon, is seen around the beginning of Eternals when the eponymous aliens protect the ancient city from an attack by their nemesis, the Deviants. Eternals became notable as the first major film to feature lines of dialogue in the ancient Iraqi language of Babylonian, which was spoken from around 2000 BC to 500 BC.
Located in Mesopotamia, where Iraq is today, Babylon is the site of Eternals‘ first of very few action sequences. The name “Babylonian Empire” refers to two separate empires in the Mesopotamian region.
The Destruction of Pompeii (Loki)
When the main story of LokiThe first season of begins, the trickster god and his bureaucrat sidekick TVA Mobius search the space-time continuum for a rogue variant of Loki who has caused all sorts of trouble for the timeline. Loki develops a theory that this variant lurks in apocalypses, assuming the ensuing chaos will erase all traces of their presence.
To test this theory, Mobius takes Loki to Pompeii on the eve of its destruction by the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius. Despite all the death and devastation around him, Loki is overjoyed to learn that his theory was correct.
The Partition of India (Ms. Marvel)
In 1947, British India was split into two independent dominions – India and Pakistan – in what is known today as “the partition of India”. The Dominion of India is now known as the Republic of India and the Dominion of Pakistan is now known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Two provinces, Bengal and Punjab, were divided during the partition.
The fifth episode centered on the story of Ms. Marvel, “Time and Again”, depicts the score from the perspective of a Muslim family fleeing to Pakistan. After being pushed back in time at the end of the last episode, Kamala Khan finds herself reliving the score, able to communicate with her great-grandmother, Aisha.
The Fall of Tenochtitlan (Eternals)
In addition to the birth of Babylon and the bombing of Hiroshima, Eternals depicts the fall of Tenochtitlan. Tenochtitlan was the capital of the Aztec Empire, a triple alliance of city-states located in what is now known as Mexico. The empire was formed in 1428 and collapsed in 1521 when it was invaded by the Spaniards. The Eternals are in Tenochtitlan to search for the last of the Deviants when the Spanish invaders arrive to slaughter the villagers.
Druig is disgusted by the callousness and coldness of the Spanish invaders and tries to take control of their minds to prevent further bloodshed. But Ajak stops him, as they are forbidden to interfere in human conflicts.
World War II (Captain America: The First Avenger)
Most of Steve Rogers’ MCU arc takes place in the present day. But his origin story, described in Captain America: The First Avenger, takes place during World War II. Before being frozen and thawed in the 21st century, Steve took the super soldier serum so he could fight for the Allies.
Since it wouldn’t be appropriate for a pulpy superhero adventure to depict Nazi atrocities during World War II, the Nazis are replaced by the fictional Marvel organization Hydra, led by Red Skull.
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