Category Archives: Movie Heroines

Rey Has An Awesome Signature Move

Rey is one of my favorite characters in cinema history for so many reasons but one of those blaring reasons is because she is such a great fighter. Through The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi she has displayed countless times her incredible combat skills but I have also noticed recently that Rey has her own, very awesome, signature move that is a rather cool staple to her character and I am so excited to share it with you. Enjoy!

I Call it The Rey Kick

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During the confrontation between Rey and Unkar’s thugs on Jakku she handled herself very easily against them but one of the most memorable moments of that fighting sequence for me is when she kicked one of the thugs away. It always makes me so happy when she kicks that assailant away and I’ve loved that part of the fight ever since the first time I watched the film. So, that’s the first example of her using her now famous kick.

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Then when she fought Kylo Ren she used her kick again to, well, kick his butt. 🙂 Awesome!

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And then during the epic Praetorian Guard fight she displayed her awesome kicking ability yet again as she kicked one of the Guards away. Rey is so cool and I’m so excited that I discovered this fantastic connection between her and all of her close-combat duels. I hope that her kick purposely is her signature move and that we’ll see her literally kicking some more butt in Episode IX.

I thank you for reading this short observation of mine and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force be with you.

The Evolution of Scarlet Witch

When Scarlet Witch was introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron I was excited for a couple of reasons. One, she was another female superhero who had been added to the then meager list. Two, she was very cool. I really liked her. And ever since her debut I’ve grown to like her character more and more and now I’m legitimately excited to see her in Infinity War. So today I’m going to share with you her evolution throughout the couple of movies that she has been a part of. Enjoy!

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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Wanda Maximoff had experienced a traumatic life. She had lived with her parents and twin brother for a majority of her younger years but then lost them in an explosion that was caused with weapons bearing Stark’s name. She wanted revenge and allowed a Hydra scientist to tamper with her DNA and make her an enhanced being through the power of the Tesseract. I can’t imagine how torturous that ordeal must’ve been for her but she and her brother survived the experiment and began their revenge tour on Stark and co. a.k.a The Avengers.

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At first she was a compatriot of Ultron as she thought the AI robot would provide her and her brother the revenge against Stark that she wanted but when she found out Ultron was planning to make all life one Earth extinct she had to act. This shows the tremendous good in Wanda. If she had been truly blinded by hate and anger she would’ve stayed on Ultron’s side, despite the eventual outcome to life on Earth, and reveled in the Avengers’ defeat, which would’ve of course been terrible. But she didn’t allow that and sided with the Avengers instead, despite having to fight alongside Tony Stark, the man that she had hated for so long.

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But even then she was very unsure of herself. I mean, she had partially helped bring the monster, Ultron, to life by freaking Tony out to the point that he created the life-erasing machine. But Hawkeye, who is kind of like the sensible father to all of the Avengers, helped make her understand that yes, she had done some wrong things, but that didn’t matter. The world needed her and it was going to be the choice that she made on the floating Sokovia that would actually matter. Long story short, she took his advice and became an Avenger, her twin brother unfortunately died which was a huge growth for her considering that she would then have to continue on without him, and she became the hero that she was always meant to be.

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The Evolution of Gamora

Gamora is a really cool character who hasn’t been utilized to the fullest yet. She’s an assassin, a daughter of Thanos, and she’s awesome but throughout the Guardians of the Galaxy films she hasn’t been allowed to burst out of that hot female sidekick persona yet. I’m waiting for her to become something more than what she is at the moment and I’m really hoping Avengers: Infinity War will be the beginning of that transformation. So, even though she hasn’t had a major story line so far I’m still excited to share with you her evolution throughout the couple of movies she’s appeared in. Enjoy!

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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When Gamora first appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy she was still very much a compatriot of Thanos and his minions but that was just a facade. In truth she was a traitor and was ready to leave Ronan, Thanos, and their monstrous ways behind. That right there shows the immensely good character that she is. She could’ve easily stayed with the bad guys and just watch on the sidelines as the galaxy burned but she knows what happened to her home, her family, and she can’t allow that to happen to anybody else.

If anything, she’s the most heroic of the Guardians of the Galaxy for making such a bold choice in her life. She didn’t have to run away from Ronan, steal the orb to sell it, and place a Thanos-sized target on her back but she did because she’s that awesome. She also didn’t have to fight Ronan and try to stop him from wiping out the Xandarians but she did because she’s, well, a Guardian of the Galaxy. 🙂

Gamora is the good hero the galaxy needs and I’m hoping she’ll be around for a long time to come.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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One of the reasons why I was so excited to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was to see Gamora again. She didn’t have a lot of development in the first film so I was hoping the sequel would focus more on her and make her even cooler. Well, that didn’t happen. In fact, she barely had any development in the movie at all. The sequel focused highly on Peter Quill’s story and she was utilized to only serve his character arc rather than her own as she grew to like him more and more throughout the movie and ended up, by the end, confessing cryptically that she had romantic feelings for him. (Ugh.)

I’m totally fine with her having a romance with Peter Quill because that was obviously going to happen but the fact that they basically revolved her whole story around that aspect of the film is saddening. I love it when women aren’t placed into movies to incorporate romance into the movie and I felt that she was unfortunately placed into that lackluster bubble creators always want to put women in.

Now one of the positive developments to her character was her complicated relationship with her sister, Nebula. It was cool seeing the two sisters become friends again and that was a nice arc to the two assassin daughters.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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When Gamora returns in Avengers: Infinity War I have a feeling that she’s finally going to get the character development that she deserves as trailers and commercials have hinted at the reveal of her back story with Thanos. And that is SO exciting! Gamora is an awesome character who needs to be treated with the creative respect that she deserves and I’m so excited to see her in this highly-anticipated movie.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

 

Is Rey the Next Chosen One or Another Darth Vader In the Making?

The story of Star Wars really harks back to the tale of destiny that has been told for centuries through fairy tales and epic plays. In the original trilogy the story revolved around Luke and his journey as he turned from being just a hopeful farm boy wanting to go an adventure to a powerful Jedi who would then bring peace and order back to the galaxy. His journey was complex and difficult but it all led to a rather satisfying end. For Anakin his journey was reminiscent to Luke’s and the exact opposite at the same time. He was a young slave boy who wanted to travel the galaxy and explore the stars but instead of him becoming a hero like Luke did he became a galactic monster as he transformed into Darth Vader and brought a terrible darkness to the galaxy. Both of these men were central figures in their trilogies and while their humble beginnings were very similar their outcomes were much different. And that’s where I come to Rey.

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Rey, like Luke and Anakin, has a nearly identical humble beginning to her incredible journey. She was a scavenger surviving day by day by providing Unkar Plutt mechanical scraps in return for food. She too, like them, wanted to journey beyond the stars and make a better life for herself. She was basically a slave, like Anakin was, and she also came from a sand planet. If you really think about it, it’s kind of odd how much alike Luke, Anakin, and Rey’s stories are.

So yeah, Rey is very much like these two past central characters but, judging from her story in the two movies of her journey so far, what does it look like the end of her journey will entail for her? Well, let’s take a quick look at that journey she’s partaken on.

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The Evolution of Black Widow

Black Widow has become one of my favorite superheroes as I’ve followed her story throughout the several films she has appeared in and in every single movie she got cooler and cooler and cooler until now, where she is at her greatest rendition of herself so far. But what did it take to get the character where she is now? What personal obstacles did she have to face to get to Avengers: Infinity War? Well, that’s what I’m about to elaborate on and I’m so excited to share with you her journey from flattering sidekick to the strong leader that she now is. Enjoy!

Iron Man 2 (2010)

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When Black Widow was introduced in Iron Man 2 I had no clue who she was (I’ve never read any of the comics.) To me she was just this sexy assistant/secret agent that was supposed to be so great but I just didn’t like her that much. She felt too pretty and young, I might add, for the role and I just felt that she was utilized into the movie as simply eye candy, nothing more. That idea that she was just eye candy dissipated real fast after her next few movies.

The Avengers (2012)

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When I went to see The Avengers I still didn’t understand her character very much. She was this S.H.I.E.L.D agent who was an Avenger? Really? What made her so special to be an Avenger other than Marvel including her into the superhero group just so there would at least be one woman in the Avengers? Throughout the film she never excited me or made me say, “Yeah, Black Widow!” She was just, yet again, the pretty sidekick who had a bit of story development as I got an idea of the dark past that she had managed to escape with the kind assistance of Hawkeye. It was the next movie that she appeared in that made me start to actually really like Black Widow.

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Leia’s Greatest Moments

Princess Leia is one of my favorite heroines because throughout the films she’s graced she never faltered from being awesome. She was tough, she was heroic, and she was never a damsel in distress. That’s my type of princess right there. And even in the latest installment, The Last Jedi, she was still a boss. That’s pretty awesome! I am so excited to share with you the moments that, to me, have made her the coolest princess in entertainment. Enjoy!

1. Standing Up To Darth Vader

When Princess Leia first appeared in A New Hope she wasn’t your typical leading lady. She wasn’t hiding on the ship with wide eyes and shaky breaths as the stormtroopers pillaged the ship for the Death Star plans, praying that she wouldn’t get caught. She was creeping around the Tantative IV with a blaster in hand ready to fight. And even though she got captured did she shrink under the dark gaze of Darth Vader? No. She was the shortest person in the room and yet her bold, confident presence was larger than life. She talked down to Darth Vader as if he was a child, berating him for interrupting her “diplomatic” mission and glaring at him with pure annoyance. Darth Vader was so taken aback by her attitude that all he could do her was talk angrily against her and point his finger in her face and she still didn’t bat an eye.

2. Down Talking Tarkin

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Another Imperial mogul that Leia wasn’t afraid of in the slightest was Grand Moff Tarkin. This has always been one of my favorite moments from Leia because of the fact that she called Tarkin stinky. Hah, hilarious. She did not care did she?

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Ranking the Marvel Heroines; From Worst to Best

I didn’t jump on the Marvel bandwagon until 2012’s The Avengers came out. I remember being excited about the movie considering that it was going to bring all of these major superheroes together but I wasn’t watch-it-on-opening-day excited. In fact, I think I saw The Avengers about a month into its box-office run but when I did eventually see the film I was stunned. The movie was not only fantastically entertaining, it was perfect, and it’s the moment when I became a Marvel fan. The one thing Marvel didn’t have for quite some time, however, were heroines except for Black Widow and Agent Peggy Carter. They were the sole Marvel heroines until 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy which is kind of ridiculous.

Now jump four years later and there are Marvel heroines left and right to be excited about. In fact, next year we’re going to finally get a female-led Marvel superhero movie in Captain Marvel and I’m so excited to see it. Marvel Studios just can’t seem to fail and that’s why I know it’s going to be a great film.

So, today I’m going to share with you my ranking of all of these incredible Marvel heroines. Enjoy!

12. Agent 13

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I wish I could say I like Agent 13 but honestly, I don’t. She had a small but interesting role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier but her role in Civil War as Steve Roger’s love interest was more of a hindrance to the movie than a bonus.

11. Gamora

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I used to love Gamora. At the time of Guardians of the Galaxy she was the only major superhero lady besides Black Widow and she was awesome! I loved how she continuously staved off Star-Lord’s romantic advances, I loved her fashion style, and I definitely loved her butt-kicking ability. Then she returned in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and all of her awesomeness felt flushed down the drain. She barely did anything in the movie but talk and swoon over Star-Lord for a huge portion of the movie. In fact, she had zero fighting scenes. That’s pretty lame. Now I’m sure she’ll be given a larger role in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War but until then she stands as one of my least favorite Marvel heroine.

10. Nebula

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Nebula, like Gamora, was much cooler in Guardians of the Galaxy rather than its sequel. In the first movie she was a cyborg nightmare, a villain worth being afraid of, but in the sequel they softened her and it was kind of unfortunate. I understand that they had to make her turn good but she lost all of that fire that made her so awesome in the first place. And like Gamora, zero fighting scenes. That’s a shame.

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