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.
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.
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!!
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. 😀
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!!
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.