In all MCU movies, a fairly diverse range of cultures speaking all kinds of languages are shown. Although the films have focused mostly on the American group of superheroes, fans have heard on screen dozens of languages other than English as they would in normal, everyday life. Some fans have noticed that sometimes the communication between the characters is a little too simple. As gods and aliens appear in the MCU, they are often able to communicate quickly and easily in plain English with the local people on Earth. Although the ease of storytelling probably has more to do with it, the MCU usually doesn’t overlook details, and there are few in-universe explanations for how characters can communicate so easily in English.
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Most MCU titles are dubbed into over a dozen languages, so it’s not always English that aliens appear to be speaking on Earth. While there are certainly other languages spoken in Marvel movies, even foreign ones, the language of the audience is always what the most important action of the film is.
That doesn’t always happen. recently Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsMost of the dialogue is in Mandarin Chinese as it is the native language of the characters.Thor: The Dark World Throughout the film the dark elves speak almost exclusively in their native language, but inexplicably, Malekith speaks correct English when he meets Jane Foster.
Most movie watchers probably understand that this is mostly done so that the audience can easily understand what is going on in the whole movie without having to see the subtitles. However, few MCU films have offered explanations for their ability to break the language barrier, and decades of comic tradition also offer plenty of possible solutions to communication problems.
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In a recent discussion reddit, one fan was curious how it happened that so many aliens understood English. Many fans note that both Guardians of the Galaxy And captain marvel Mention that the characters are using universal translators.
However, this also raises many other questions about these translators. As one fan noted, “It really bothers me that the Avengers can understand Guardians in Infinite Warfare, even though they don’t have translational implants.” It may in fact be the case that only one translator is needed, as Carol Danvers demonstrates in her film that her translator must be what is necessary for her to communicate with humans.
Comics have offered other explanations for the issue, but mostly in the same form as a universal translator. One fan says, “In one of the first FF4 comics issues, Mr. Fantastic invented a universal translator.” This was probably seen as an easy solution for early comic creators, but fans continue, “which is never mentioned again.”
In a world filled with creatures of unimaginable power, there are a few tricks Marvel characters may have to communicate with alien races that don’t involve the latest technology. One commenter also fills in on the comic explanation to other fans as to why all races perceive gods in words they can understand (remember Loki in Germany?), saying, “Thor and the Asgardians, as well as other gods Allspeak, a magical language interpreted by every species as their native language.”
There are many other literary devices that Marvel has used to explain this over the years, and at the end of the day characters who understand each other make for better storytelling. Still, it’s amazing to know that Marvel’s mythology and tradition is so vast, that you can really decipher every little detail in its rich diversity.
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