Even though superheroes are people with idealised bodies that weâ€™re supposed to ogle and wonder at, because of how seemingly impossible they are, itâ€™s rare that you see male-bodied heroes objectified in a way that highlights their sex appeal. Every so often, you might get a glimpse of Nightwingâ€™s arse or Batmanâ€™s wang, but those are always made out to be bigger deals than they need to be.
Sure, Namor and Star-Lord have been known to pull off their shirts to show off their abs, but thatâ€™s nothing compared to way characters like Power Girl, Captain Marvel (in her original costume), and Emma Frost consistently roll up wearing whatâ€™s essentially fetish gear that leaves their crotches and chests just out.
This doesnâ€™t even get into how comic artists and filmmakers have traditionally gone about Wanda Maximoffâ€™s MCU costume.)
Itâ€™s telling, for example, that Chris Evansâ€™ arse is played for laughs in Avengers: Endgame whereas Black Widowâ€™s body is explicitly framed as an object of desire in Iron Man 2.
Well, someone over at Amazon Studiosâ€™ marketing department seems to have been paying attention to this kind of injustice. Theyâ€™ve taken it upon themselves to use The Boysâ€™ resident douchebag to remind everyone how incredibly easy it is to acknowledge that thereâ€™s nothing wrong with treating superdudes equally, in the form of a Chase Crawford-packed calendar. Thereâ€™s nothing particularly deep about The Boysâ€™ cheesecake-y calendar featuring the Deep â€” itâ€™s just a bunch of pictures of Crawford dressed up as his Aquaman knock-off.
If one wanted to try and read into the calendar, you could imagine that in the world of The Boys, the calendarâ€™s a Vought-sponsored product sold in stores across the world to capitalise on the Deepâ€™s sex appeal and encourage people to keep flocking to the box office to see the companyâ€™s films about him. Or, you know, you could just look at the photos and think to yourself â€œHmm, yes. Yes, more of this.â€ Your call.
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