Those boxes are an integral part of gameplay, actually. Whether for good or ill, well, that's a choice each of us will have to face, kinda like Frodo and the One Ring. Or not.
During play those boxes function as a sort of sixth sense, in their marketing speak. They tip you off to stuff your avatar, who is much more bad ass than we are, notices. They also provide part of the comic book flair, with that inset-box aesthetic that is sooo graphic novel. For good or ill, again, depends on your taste.