Qi’Ra or Jyn Erso: Who’s Cooler?

In the past three years there have been two Star Wars Stories for me to enjoy. The first was Rogue One, a Star Wars film that highlighted the ugliness of war in the galaxy from a non Force-wielding perspective. And then Solo was a classic heist film done in a Star Wars fashion that was simply awesome to watch. Both films had compelling leading ladies who took charge when the moments arose and set their own stamp on the Star Wars franchise. But which of the two heroines were cooler? That’s what I’m here to find out. Enjoy!

Their Stories:

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Qi’Ra, like Han, was an orphan living on the rough streets of Corellia hoping to one day escape the gang they worked for. Unfortunately Han escaped and Qi’Ra didn’t and was forced to work for the crime syndicate, Crimson Dawn for the rest of her life.

In Solo we see Qi’Ra’s many chances at redemption but she’s too far in to the criminal system. She’s made a name for herself in the criminal underworld and she wasn’t about to give that up, even for Han, the man she loved. But at the end of the day, he escaped to live his life while she remained on Corellia. You have to think that through those years she acquired some bitterness to her ex-boyfriend. It’s probably why she was able to make the decision to betray him so easily.

Qi’Ra has been through the wringer and I’m super interested in seeing where her story continues.

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Jyn’s story is one of tragedy. She lost her mother when she was but a child. She was abandoned as a teenager by the only people she could call family; Saw Gerrera and his rebels. And, in an attempt to find out what the Empire was building, her only family member remaining, her father Galen Erso, was killed before her very eyes.

And yet through all of this sorrow she kept on fighting to the very end. That’s quite inspiring indeed.

Honestly, both of these women have compelling storylines that I would love to no more of. I have this category at a tie.

Qi’Ra: 1 pt

Jyn Erso: 1 pt

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It’s Fact: Marvel Movies Are Better With Compelling Villains

Yesterday evening I watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier after not having seen it in months. I enjoyed it thoroughly of course, for it’s one of Marvel’s greatest installments in the franchise, but as I watched it I realized something. For a while now I have presented the argument that a movie can’t truly be incredible and memorable without a great villain. Take The Dark Knight for example. Many people herald it as the greatest superhero ever made not because of Batman (even though he was clearly awesome) but mainly because we remember The Joker.

Heath Ledger took the iconic Batman villain to the next level, making us believe in the cynical plans he constantly concocted and shaking us with his dark jokes about how he got his scars just before killing someone. He was, at many times, smarter than Batman and he made for a compelling antagonist that took the movie to a whole other level.

Marvel has started to figure that out over the years. Villains are Marvel’s one blaring flaw. Their constant obstacle that has become a suspected hindrance to the franchise. But of late they have tried to change that narrative by incorporating villains that are actually memorable and worth caring about in the past few years. And that’s where I come to the point of this post.

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