The popular Netflix series, The Crown, is known for having masterful performances, dazzling costumes, a rich world, and one episode with lots of fog. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a lot of stuff in it that a guy would like. Don’t worry! Here’s how to make your boyfriend watch The Crown by convincing him it’s part of the Marvel cinematic universe.
Keep saying Howard Stark is in it.
Your first hurdle is likely to be that no one in The Crown can fly or shoot energy beams from a gem in their forehead. That’s easy enough to explain. Tell him that season one of The Crown takes place between 1946 and 1956, after Captain America becomes frozen in ice but before the other Avengers were born. Tell him you’re pretty sure Iron Man’s dad shows up in the next episode. Neither Howard Stark nor John Slattery who plays him is in The Crown, but that doesn’t really matter. Oh, tell him Agent Carter is in it too. She’s British so it makes sense!
Distract him with questions.
A large portion of the The Crown’s second episode takes place in Kenya, but if you distract your boyfriend at just the right moments, you can lead him to believe they’re in Wakanda, the fictional African nation where Black Panther is from. His excitement that Black Panther might appear at any moment will keep him engaged as you watch Claire Foy portray a real life monarch dealing with the death of her father. Fun!
Have some jargon ready.
If you’re nearing the end of season one and your boyfriend’s realized S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn’t been mentioned a single time, don’t panic. Say something like “oh that’s the ‘Time Stone’” or ‘Quantum Realm.’ You don’t need to clarify the context. Just kinda throw it out there and act like he’s missing something. You don’t even need to know what those words mean. He’ll immediately launch into a rant about their implications to the MCU while you silently queue up season 2 where Elizabeth meets the Kennedys!
Tell him the truth.
Why are you even doing this? You and your boyfriend have now watched over a dozen hours of this show and you still think you need to convince him that Prince Philip is a shapeshifting Skrull? Tell him the truth: The Duke of Windsor is not a member of Hydra. Ant-Man has not been hiding in the Queen’s purse as she carries it around her own enormous home. On second thought, he did get you to sit through friggin Dunkirk by leading you to believe that Harry Styles might “sing a song.” So, actually, season 3 is going to be a Groot origin story.
Hopefully you’ve successfully watched The Crown and your boyfriend didn’t wise-up to the fact that princess Margaret isn’t actually a lesser-known Avenger. Good work! And remember, if all else fails, he probably hasn’t actually read any of the Marvel comics so he has no clue what’s actually going on anyway.