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Why Chris Pratt Was Trending Is Why Fans Are Demanding Jack Black Join the MCU

By Kristy Puchko | Social Media | December 4, 2020 |

By Kristy Puchko | Social Media | December 4, 2020 |


Uh oh. Someone call Robert Downey Jr., because the internet was trashing Worst Chris again.

Yesterday on Twitter, Chris Pratt was trending, as was Jack Black (again). It appears the source of both was this insightful tweet.

Film fans have been noting for years how Pratt’s career began walking in the footsteps of Black, who’d made his name as a plump performer whose comedic skills were only matched by his rockstar bravado. However, Pratt went from Parks and Recreation’s Jack Black-like Andy Dwyer to misogynistic action-movie roles and homophobic ties. Yet how dare we note his aw-shucks schtick is less cute when he’s mocking voting in 2020!

Pratt problematicness aside, Black is a charisma bomb who explodes with humor, hotness, and enthusiasm whether in movies, in music, or on TikTok. So, naturally, fans began to compare.

A number of users—as well as our own Steven Lloyd Wilson in the Pajiba Slack—declared Black would have been a superior Starlord in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Sadly, this won’t happen. It was not a coincidence that after watching co-stars like Chadwick Boseman, Tessa Thompson, and Brie Larson endure onslaughts of online attacks that were racist, homophobic, and misogynistic that RDJ and company FINALLY assembled to speak out because an online poll declared Chris Pratt the worst Chris. It wasn’t coincidence that days after this hubbub Disney announced Pratt would be in the next Thor movie. Disney has invested in Pratt. So, we’re stuck with this dude for at least another Phase. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no room for all the star(lord) power of Black somewhere else in the MCU.

Twitter had ideas.

For the sake of journalistic integrity, I will note there are those who think Jack Black has no place in the MCU and some who even called him “overrated.” I’m not posting such tweets because 1) they are few and far between, 2) I will not clutter this space with wrongness, 3) I pity these fools who clearly haven’t seen Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, School of Rock, The Polka King, The Holiday, The House with a Clock in Its Walls or anything involving Tenacious D.

Do you want Jack Black in the MCU? What character would you want him to play?

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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