The movie “The Avengers” apparently contains an adoption reference that is typical in terms of the “evil adoptee” trope within American culture. While many find offense here, I have to say I am relieved. It reveals a Truth, after all, that adoptees are not considered as valid as biological children, and that this “2nd-class” option requires much in the way of mythologizing. When it is stated plainly, I respect that. I’m curious to hear from the other adoptees for any cultural references they recall which opened their eyes to the reality of their adoptive culture?