Over the years there has been a fascinating increase of female superheroes in the MCU. There has been such a rise of awesome heroines in this franchise in fact that Tessa Thompson, who plays the role of Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, said that there should be an all-female Avengers movie. A group of actresses even went as far as to approach the top people in Marvel about the idea. So, should there be an Avengers movie that focuses on a team of only women? Um…yeah!
We’ve seen progress in how women are portrayed in superhero movies. Wonder Woman got her first solo film last year which featured not only the first female superhero to get her own movie but it had a female director at the helm as well. It ended up making just a little north of $800 million, proving that women could drive people to the movie theaters. This year Ant-Man and the Wasp was the first Marvel movie to feature a female hero in the title. And next year Marvel is going to feature their first film that focuses on a female hero’s origin story with Captain Marvel.
Why shouldn’t Marvel take things to the next level by introducing a movie featuring a group of heroes that consists of only women. One of the greatest moments in Infinity War was the awesome female team-up between Black Widow, Okoye, and Scarlet Witch. It gave a brief hint at what a female superhero group would look like and it’s pretty awesome. But who should be a part of this heroic team?
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For a long while I couldn’t figure out which moments in Avengers: Infinity War I loved the most because there are so many incredibly AWESOME parts in this movie that it’s hard to decide. But after seeing this film over ten times now I feel that I finally have distinguished the moments that make the happiest in this superb superhero flick. So, of course, I’m here to share them with you. Enjoy!
1. Iron Man vs. Thanos
Tony Stark has feared the arrival of Thanos for years. He’s gone through PTSD after the Battle of New York, he made Ultron because he wanted to create a defense mechanism that would help protect the world from Thanos’s eventual arrival, and finally, in Infinity War, these two characters that have known of each other from across the cosmos have themselves a one-on-one duel. It’s awesome!
Iron Man gets in quite a few licks with that incredible nanotech suit of his but at the end of the day Thanos is truly the most powerful villain in the universe and that becomes quickly obvious as he defeats Tony. This scene makes me so happy every time I watch it because to see these two goliaths on opposite sides fight each other is pretty cool indeed.
Continue reading The Five Best Moments in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has, up to this point, been pretty impeccably designed story wise. New characters are introduced into the franchise at the right time, the films move together in a nearly seamless transition that hasn’t really been achieved before, and overall everything about the MCU is great. But, along the way, there have been a few bumps on the road. One of the biggest mistakes, in my opinion, that was decided in the creative process of these characters was the romantic relationship between Black Widow and The Hulk.
Every romance that has played out so far in the MCU has had a time to evolve. Tony Stark and Pepper’s romance has changed and shifted throughout the entire existence of the MCU so far. Now they’re finally about to get married but Thanos showed up. Uh-oh.
The romance between The Hulk and Black Widow was so uncomfortably abrupt they didn’t even reveal that the two characters were going to be in a romantic relationship in the advertising for the film. That’s how unneccessary and terrible it was. And what made it worse was it seemed like the writers were setting up a potential romance between Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff.
Continue reading Should Captain America and Black Widow Have Gotten Together?
Wasp is the latest Marvel heroine to arrive in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it’s exciting, as a woman, to see so many awesome ladies take charge and kick butt in these superhero movies. I recently did a two-part post looking at the evolution of women in Marvel and it’s sad seeing how women were treated in the first phases of the MCU. Women were depicted as damsels in distress who were only utilized into the movies as tools for romance for the dashing heroes. And Black Widow was treated not as an accomplished assassin but rather as eye candy who just so happened to be able to kick butt at the same time.
Marvel has evolved since then and now it isn’t even a surprise to see awesome superhero women in these movies anymore. And with Wasp, who is the first Marvel heroine to have her name in the title of a movie, the portrayal of women in the MCU has only gotten better. But how does she stack up to the other awesome heroines that have come before her? That’s what I’m here to share with you. Enjoy!
Continue reading Where Does Wasp Rank Among the Marvel Heroines?
For years Marvel fans have been clamoring for a Black Widow movie to be made, as she stood as one of Marvel’s earliest and most compelling characters…and yet it never happened. We’ve seen characters as discreet as Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and the Guardians of the Galaxy get films of their own but one of the franchise’s earliest players wasn’t even thought of having a feature film? Granted she and Hawkeye, who are both assassins and part of the earliest Avengers squad, haven’t had their own film but she’s so much more interesting than Hawkeye. (Sorry Barton.) Shouldn’t she get her own movie?
Well, Marvel is finally bringing this project into full swing and today it has just been announced that a director has been found to helm this hero’s long-awaited standalone film.
Her name is Cate Shortland and her best known work has been Lore, Somersault, and Berlin Syndrome. I haven’t seen any of these movies but I’m sure she’s going to do a great job because Marvel rarely gets their casting wrong. And mostly this news excites me because they decided to get a female director to helm this movie.
They could’ve easily found a man to direct the vision of Black Widow’s story but having a woman tell this story through the lens will give the film a much needed femininity. That’s why Wonder Woman was so great. We got to see Wonder Woman’s origin story through a woman’s eyes and it was magnificent.
I’m so excited to learn more about this movie as it slowly develops and to eventually see it in 2020. It’s going to be awesome indeed. 🙂
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.
Yesterday I wrote a post looking at how women were portrayed in the MCU for the first five years of the franchise and it’s a rather dismal realization at how uninteresting most of the women were. They were mostly sappy love interests who only furthered their male counterpart’s stories and even Black Widow was depicted mostly as eye candy rather than being a powerful hero in her own right. So today it’s Part 2 of this evolution analysis and I’m super excited to see how the last five years in the MCU has ultimately changed the way women are treated in this franchise. Enjoy!
(This is a longread.)
Black Widow starred in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and for the first time we got to see her in a brighter light as she didn’t have powerful personalities like Tony Stark drowning out her grandeur. And even though she playfully flirted with Steve Rogers for the majority of the movie it didn’t feel out of place. In fact, it felt perfectly natural in the context of their relationship and helped establish a friendship between the two characters that hadn’t been as visible in The Avengers. This was the first time I realized how exactly awesome Black Widow and thankfully her coolness hasn’t diminished since.
The Winter Soldier also established a new female agent in the MCU in the form of Agent 13. Hints were definitely provided that she and Steve had an attraction towards each other but thankfully that was never utilized into the film as a crutch for unnecessary romance. And I loved that she could handle her own in a fight as well. She wasn’t some damsel-in-distress that Steve Rogers had to save at all in the film.
Guardians of the Galaxy introduced to the MCU the first female hero of color with Gamora. Gamora is clearly a great character as she was established as a trained assassin of Thanos but unfortunately she never reached the potential that she could have. Throughout the movie we see her utilized into the film mainly as Star-Lord’s love interest and she never seemed to move far beyond that mold.
Continue reading How Women Have Evolved in Marvel: Part 2
Marvel has made twenty movies in the last ten years and through this fascinating journey that Marvel has taken us on we have seen an evolution of the franchise right before our very eyes. Take The Avengers for example. In its heyday it was the talk of the town, the groundbreaking movie that broke creative barriers that people didn’t know could be achieved as it proved that a superhero film could be successful with multiple heroes. It broke records and set a precedent for the Marvel movies that would come afterward. Now it’s just an old example of the first steps Marvel was taking to create this fantastic journey that has led up to the events of today’s current Marvel films. But as great as The Avengers was it’s always a little jarring seeing how much it lacked diversity compared to how the franchise looks now.
The only major women in The Avengers was Black Widow and Agent Hill and the only person of color to participate in the film was Nick Fury. Marvel, at that time, was still heavily centered around white male characters and in the last few years that dynamic has changed a lot, making the franchise that much more enjoyable. So, through the course of the nest two days, I’m going to look at how the roles of women have evolved throughout the years to what the MCU is now. Enjoy!
In the MCU’s first installment, Iron Man, the one major female presence was Pepper Potts whose character was the typical hot assistant that the rich guy, in this case Tony Stark, couldn’t keep his eyes off of. She was merely a part of the movie’s story as Tony’s imminent love interest and soon to be damsel-in-distress.
In The Incredible Hulk Liv Tyler played Betty Ross, the love interest of Bruce Banner and daughter of General “Thunderbolt” Ross. Once again a woman in the MCU was utilized as merely a tool for romance rather than substance and that’s always a bummer.
Continue reading How Women Have Evolved in Marvel: Part 1