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Throwback Friday: My Ten Favorite Movie Heroines

Another week has passed and today’s topic for Throwback Friday¬†is a fun one for me, for it’s focused on an old post I wrote about my ten favorite movie heroines. And with more incredible heroines like Captain Marvel appearing in the near future, there isn’t a shortage of awesome female movie characters in the future. So, on that note, I hope you enjoy this week’s Throwback Friday! ūüôā

I love movies. I love seeing stories play out onscreen, I love watching actors portray different characters that I will either love or despise, I love action films, but most importantly, I love a movie with an off-the-chain heroine. There are hundreds of great films with male heroes but when a woman can come into the fold and kick butt that’s when a movie, for me, becomes really awesome and lately that’s become a regular occurrence.

Last year Wonder Woman finally got her own blockbuster film after being around for decades and there have been a bunch of critically acclaimed indie films and television shows led by women in the past year. Three of the last four¬†Star Wars¬†films have been led by women (and each film has made over a billion dollars), an idea that at one time would seem preposterous to the Hollywood elite. And last year’s highest grossing films were all female-led,¬†Beauty and the Beast,¬†Wonder Woman, and¬†The Last Jedi.

So, because women are clearly awesome, I’m going to share with you the ten movie heroines that I have come to love the most, at least, so far.

10. Dorothy

The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies of all time. I remember seeing this film as a child and it was one of the most magical films I have ever seen still to this day. To think that this movie was made in 1939! is beyond incredible and in the center of this epic tale is Dorothy.

Dorothy is a special character. She has those ruby slippers, she sings like an angel, she has the cutest dog ever, Toto, and she’s so sweet.¬† She faces flying monkeys, an evil witch, and many other obstacles but at the end of it all she survives the adventure and helps save the Land of Oz while never refraining from being herself. If you really think about it, Dorothy is very brave. To face all of that strange stuff; a talking scarecrow, a talking lion, a tin man, munchkins, witches, etc. without utterly freaking out is very impressive.

Without Dorothy,¬†The Wizard of Oz¬†would not be the same magical movie that it has been for almost a century and that’s why she is one of my favorite heroines.

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Where Does Wasp Rank Among the Marvel Heroines?

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!

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How Women Have Evolved in Marvel: Part 2

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.)

2014

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Who’s Your Favorite Marvel Heroine?

The MCU may have an abundance of awesome male heroes but over the years there has also been a rise of incredible heroines who manage to steal the show simply by their commanding presence. But which of these fascinating, crime-stopping, alien-annihilating ladies is your favorite? Here’s the list.

Mantis

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Mantis is extremely lovable because of her sweet and innocent personality. She’s played a smaller role than most of these other heroines but her presence is undeniable.

Nebula

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Nebula has always been an interesting character since her debut in¬†Guardians of the Galaxy. She was only the second female villain to appear in the MCU next to¬†Iron Man 3‘s Maya Hansen and she was kind of really cool. Now she’ll return in¬†Avengers 4¬†and I couldn’t be more excited.

Valkyrie

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Valkyrie is awesome, pure and simple. The¬†Thor¬†series desperately needed a major heroine equal to Thor and Valkyrie is that 100%. I like that not only is she tough but she doesn’t play by any rules whatsoever. She doesn’t bow before Thor when she sees him or grovel at his feet. She zaps him and honestly doesn’t care that much about him, at least at first. That’s definitely an upgrade from the infatuated Earth scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman.) ūüôā

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Who Is The Most Fashionable Marvel Heroine?

As a woman I love costumes in movies, from¬†Star Wars¬†to Marvel and DC Comics to¬†The Lord of the Rings, the heroes’ (and villains’) outfits are always a huge topic of mine whenever I’m watching a film. The clothes a character wears in a film is part of that character’s identity. It’s what makes you pick them out in a crowd and places an invisible stamp on that character’s personality. Well, with so many heroes in the MCU for the next two days I’m going to debate on which female and male heroes have the greatest style while they tackle bad guys or just trips to the next door corner store. Enjoy!

11. Wasp

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I like Wasp’s suit but it honestly isn’t as cool as I would’ve imagined. I thought the yellow would be more pronounced against the black of the suit but it’s still an interesting design. If they ever upgrade the suit in the future I want to see a brighter yellow.

10. Peggy Carter
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Peggy was a military officer and yet she still found a way to look beautiful and stylish in an officers uniform with her waved hair and red lipstick to stand out amidst all of the drab looking men. But don’t let her appearance fool you. She’s just as tough as the rest of the officers surrounding her which is why she’s so awesome.

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And if she wanted to be pretty she easily achieved that with this flirty yet classy red dress. Peggy was definitely much cooler than her grand-niece, Sharon Carter (sorry, Agent 13.)

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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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