12 Times MCU Movies Touched On Serious Real-World Issues

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe may ostensibly tell stories about magical beings and superpowered humans battling against cosmic odds as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance, it turns out the films also tackle some serious social issues and real-world problems.

While the political messages debated and dissected in Marvel movies have long been a point of debate among fans and critics - with some celebrating the films' subtle and quasi-subversive themes and others deriding it all as propaganda - it's impossible to ignore the way in which the MCU has turned to governmental policies and social inequity for narrative inspiration.

As the French philosopher Albert Camus wrote, "Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth," and this even holds true when it comes to big budget action blockbusters. Whether it's the way in which Avengers: Endgame addresses climate change and genocide or how the Iron Man movies tackle everything from war profiteering to alcoholism to PTSD, the MCU has never shied away from raising questions and inspiring critical analysis of real-world issues.