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Female Superheroes: Past, Present, Future

December 9, 2018

I was supposed to write a completely different post for you today. But the new Avengers trailer came out on Friday and I have spent this weekend watching Marvel movies so this post idea overtook my other one.

 

Past

I am a big fan of superhero movies. They are fast-paced, action-y movies with just enough heartwarming, “real-life” moments to keep me intrigued all the way through. But I’m not the “have tons of comics as a child, know all the stories and order of events” kind of fan.

Is that because only 26.7% of Marvel and DC superheroes are women?

Watching superhero movies with these strong men ready to take on the world and save the damsel in distress was always so fascinating.

“Let me be the damsel” “Come save me, Stephen Rogers<3”

This is what we had growing up. Men saving women. Women needing saving. It’s no wonder it took me 23 years to realize I could do it all by myself and I could do it better than anyone else could.

 

Present

I just finished watching Ant-Man. It was a good movie and I have already rented Ant-Man and the Wasp, which I probably should’ve rented after writing this post because I only have but so much time to watch it…

But, what sparked this post was the fact that the woman in the movie, Hope van Dyme (played by Evangeline Lilly) was far more suited to be the superhero than Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd) was. Hope was the daughter of Hank Pym, the creator of the Ant-Man suit and the prior Ant-Man. She was raised by two superheroes, is an expert in martial arts, has brains like her scientist parents’ AND could already manipulate insects (which was a large part of the plot). Scott, however, had to learn all of this before he could successfully complete a mission.

Now, we do learn that the reason behind this is because Hope’s father, Hank, lost her mother through similar actions and he couldn’t lose her, too. I mean, I get it. What’s Scott Lang to Hank really?! But since this was a Marvel universe decision I ask, why not create the movie “Wasp-Woman” and then it’s sequel could be “Wasp-Woman and the Ant.”?

In the 20 Marvel movies that have been released since 2008, there have been 0 with a woman as the main character. There have been 14 with a main male superhero. And there have been 6 with more than one main superhero.

 

DC Comics beat Marvel to the punch with the incredible, inspiring, WOMAN-POWER movie, Wonder Woman, that came out in 2017. If you have not seen Gal Gadot kick some mother-f*cking ass yet, I’m legit telling you to stop reading this post and go do that. Not because this is going to give any spoilers away but because that movie is more important than this post will ever be. (No offense to myself.) (Oh, none taken.)

Did you also know that this movie was DIRECTED by a woman? The movie featured just about a billion “hero” moments, when Diana was down right being a hero. It also had the ever so lovely Chris Pine play Wonder Woman’s partner/love interest/damsel in distress, Steve Trevor. Would that make him a dam in distress?! The movie left me feeling empowered AF.

I mean LOOK AT HER!!

Via GIPHY

 

Future

Here’s the great news!

Wonder Woman is just the start of female-led superhero movies. If you haven’t seen the trailer for Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson yet, then stop reading this post and do it now. JK. This time you can finish the post first and then go watch. πŸ˜€

The movie is directed by two people, one of them being a woman! Yay! (It’s the small victories).

The plot: Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) joins Starforce and must (like all superhero movies) save the world when the Earth is caught in the middle of two conflicting alien worlds. This first female-led Marvel movie is coming out one month before the new avengers movie. And *spoiler* (kinda) I have a good feeling that Captain Marvel is going to be the one to save alllll the Avengers. I mean, of course, with the help of the few avengers that are left standing. But I am HYPE that SHE is the key.

And look at HER go!!

Via GIPHY

 

Lastly, during my research I ran across Ms. Marvel. Who is Ms. Marvel you ask? Her name is Kamala Khan and she is an American Muslim teenager from Jersey City, New Jersey. She is the first Muslim character to headline a book at Marvel Comics. The series has Khan battling villains, home life and her religion. The same struggles many teenagers/adults face, maybe minus the super villains. You can check out her first comic book on Amazon. And you can hope and pray for a movie staring her in the future, like I am!

 

It may have taken the creators of superheroes a long time to realize women play a vital role in saving the world, but it is definitely looking up from here. I am looking forward to all the women-led superhero movies to come and I am beyond excited to one day buy multiple super heroine comic books for my future nieces (fingers crossed I get some nieces). But you know what, I’m getting them for any future nephews as well. Hellz yes!

 

To all my ladies out there, keep kicking ass and saving the world! You are all superheroes.

Abby

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    Tessa - Narratess
    December 9, 2018 at 11:36 am

    We need more superwomen! I think your highlight on women Wednesday is a great way to show what women can do. Keep it up πŸ™‚

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      Abigail Heird
      December 9, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      We do!! Thank you, Tessa! We are loving all the Women Empowerment we can provide on this blog!! Thank you for reading!! <3

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    Ell
    December 9, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Ughhh Abby you are so inspirational and I love all the women empowerment you constantly give!!! This was amazing!! Loved the topic! You crushed it!!! Love you!

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      Abigail Heird
      December 9, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      Ah, thank you so much, Ell! I had an absolute BLAST writing this. I am glad you enjoyed it!! Love you too!! <3

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    castlesandhurricanes
    December 9, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    This is a great post! I’m really excited that superhero movies are starting to headline female superheroes. Wonder Woman was SUCH a great movie, and I’m hoping Captain Marvel will be amazing as well! I also believe Captain Marvel will play a key role in Avengers: End Game, but we’ll have to see. Also, I don’t know if it’s any good but I’m also glad to see that they’re even selling dolls and movies (I think they’re just called DC Superhero Girls) for kids that solely features female superheroes like Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Starfire, and even villains like Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy who are supposedly good in this series.

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      Abigail Heird
      December 9, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you!! I also meant to mention the female supporting characters in Black Panther. His mom, sister and love interest were all so strong and brilliant and he couldn’t have done it without them. I am very excited for all of the movies coming up and I will have to look into these dolls. May buy some for myself hahah

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    Lavrax
    December 9, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Guhhhh you literally inspire me every day and this piece was honestly so amazing. I have never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever been a fan of superhero movies, they bore me to death, I don’t find them relatable at all, and again, boring. However I have always known that there was a lack of female super-heroes and even I have seen the increase in woman led stories which has been fab! Also I’ve never seen Ant-Man, seems again like a very weird film, but I love the analysis of it nonetheless!

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      Abigail Heird
      December 9, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      I am glad you enjoyed this post even if you don’t love superhero movies! I would ask for you to PLEASE watch Wonder Woman. I think you could relate and she is such a bad ass. Love you! Thank you for your kind, kind comments!! <3

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    Iddy Biddy Works Of Love
    December 9, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    I have so much movie watching to do now! This post kicks ass! Excellent writing my friend.

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    Sarah Shea
    December 9, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Love, love, love this post! It’s frustrating to not see more women led movies, especially ones that have women as the hero. And I agree, Wonder Women was empower af and a total must see!

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      Abigail Heird
      December 9, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      Ahh, so glad you liked!! Agreed but I think it’s going to only get better from here!! Thank you for reading! <3

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    foreverthewanderer
    December 10, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Great post! I’m not a huge superhero fan but I definitely agree women need superhero roles!

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    GrandFashLife
    December 10, 2018 at 7:05 am

    YES!! Marvel universe, dc universe or our universe cant survive without the powers of a woman! Everybody plays vital roles but the real life woman runs things! I love this post Abbs! You are a bad ass superhero! ❀

    Erica Raquel
    https://www.grandfashlife.com

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      Abigail Heird
      December 10, 2018 at 8:33 am

      Ah, thank you Erica!! Glad you enjoyed!!

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    Kate
    December 10, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Love this post. Wonderwoman is freaking amazing!
    Kate X
    http://www.whatkatedidnext92.com

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    Shevy
    December 10, 2018 at 11:57 am

    I love the female superheroes but female villains are just as epic 🀣 Harley Quinn is my spirit villain xx

    Shevy
    http://youngwidowtoosoon.com

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    yvonnewabai
    December 10, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    This is a great post. It has taken so long for women to be seen as ‘hero material’. For me, the movie that did that was Black Panther. Yes, I loved Wonder Woman, still do, but Black Panther tops that for me because it is a different struggle being black and a woman. And even though the women in Black Panther were not the major hero, the black panther, they were very much badass, from Princess Shuri with the tech to the Dora Milaje, the fierce warriors. Being a black woman is tough. You’re constantly put at the bottom of the barrel not just because of your sex, but also because of your race. And that sucks af.

    Yvonne Wabai | https://yvonnewairimuwabai.weebly.com

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      Abigail Heird
      December 10, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      YES! I was just watching this movie last night and tweeted about how important the women were in this movie. The Black Panther honestly couldn’t have done any of it without them. Shuri is my absolute favorite and an amazing role model to girls growing up! All around amazing movie!!

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    Natasha
    December 10, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    This is an awesome post!! I never really realized before that there are not many super heroes that are women. But as a mother of a little girl, it’s nice to think that maybe this will change. Little girls need to grow up and think they can be just as bad-ass as boys. That they can also rule their world and they don’t need saving! Awesome awesome post!!!!

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    Geraldine
    December 10, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Ahhh omg I didn’t realize how little there were in the past but those numbers are shocking!! Gal Gadot was a BEAST in that movie, I loved it!!! Ms. Marvel looks super interesting!! that would be GREAT if they made a movie out of it!!!

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      Abigail Heird
      December 10, 2018 at 4:50 pm

      Yes, those numbers are crazy!! But it’ll get better. I can’t wait for Marvel!! πŸ˜€

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    Emm
    December 10, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    The fact that she was pregnant when filming Wonder Woman just says it all!

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    mariexceline
    December 11, 2018 at 4:48 am

    I bought myself Wonder Woman flip flops to wear when I was looking after my son in hospital. Maybe I need to wear them again to remind myself of how strong I can be πŸ™‚

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    Chloe Jane
    December 11, 2018 at 7:29 am

    I absolutely love this post!!!! I also love Superhero movies, they’re so action packed, funny, and have their heart warming moments. I love that women are becoming more of the main characters now, I actually haven’t seen Wonder Woman yet so I really need to get on that!!

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    lonieshap
    December 11, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Women just don’t get enough credit! I’m so here for all of the awareness that you guys bring! Awesome post Abby! ❀️

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    alisonw30
    December 12, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Wow, why hadn’t I realised before how few and far between women super heroes are?! Glad to see it’s changing 😊

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    December 12, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Love this post! Wonder Woman is actually the only film I really enjoyed out of the latest DC ones, the others are a bit meh! I do really love Paul Rudd as Ant-Man but such a valid point you raised! Also super buzzing for Captain Marvel!

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