Aw, Snap! She’s Never Seen a Marvel Movie

By Justin Scherzer, Current Staff

While the whole world lined up to see the ever-anticipated “Avengers: Endgame,” one West Bend student opted to save her money.

In the past decade, there have been 22 hit films released in the massively successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, but East High School senior Grace Peplinski has never seen a single one. Below, Peplinski explains how she lives life without superheroes.

How is it possible you have never seen a Marvel movie?
The main reason is that my family has never really been into those kinds of movies. I also have never really enjoyed action movies or superheroes.

Did you make the conscious decision that you would never see any of these movies?
At first it just happened unintentionally, but now I’m so far invested that I’m determined not to watch any.

With “Endgame” being the topic of conversation lately, do you feel out of the loop?
I don’t feel out of the loop, but I actually feel kind of lucky. When everyone was talking about spoilers, I was glad that I didn’t have to worry about it because I saw a lot of people that were pretty stressed about it. People felt like they had to go on opening night, but I can’t commit to that kind of thing.

Have you ever been pressured, or found avoiding these movies difficult?
None of my friends or family members seem to really care about them that much so it hasn’t been too difficult to avoid.

Have you ever seen a superhero movie in general?
My dad used to show us the classic Batman movies, but besides that, not really.

“Now I’m so far invested that I’m determined not to watch any.”
– Grace Peplinski

Do you think you will ever watch a Marvel movie in the future?
I mean, I guess at this point I may as well just not. Considering they are essentially done with movies now I guess it doesn’t really matter, but I wouldn’t be really opposed to it in the future.

If you were to watch one, do you think you would enjoy it?
I guess it really depends, I don’t know the big storyline the series has, but maybe I’d like one if it was interesting. Like I said, I’ve never really been a fan of action movies, they kind of just bore me. I know that is the opposite of what they are supposed to do, but I’ve never enjoyed long action scenes.

As an outsider who has not seen any films, how would you describe this saga of 22 films just from what you have heard about?
It basically seems to me like a jumbled mess. I know there are a lot of different characters, but I just struggle to see how it all comes together. I guess you have to watch it to understand, but it just confuses me. It took me a while to realize that characters like Thor and the other Avengers were even from the same realm.

Do you personally hope that they stop making Marvel movies?
I don’t care enough, but I’m definitely sick of hearing about it.

(Top image: Grace Peplinski rejects the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Photo by Justin Scherzer.)

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