Category Archives: Women

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 six years in the MCU has ultimately changed the way women are treated in this franchise. Enjoy!

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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How Women Have Evolved in Marvel: Part 1

Marvel has made twenty-two movies in the last eleven 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 next 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!

2008

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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.

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Who’s Your Favorite Disney Princess?

Disney princesses have become a staple in American children’s lives. If you have a girl it’s pretty likely that they’ve seen a Disney princess movie and have a favorite Disney princess. I know I did as a child. My favorite princess was Jasmine.

And even as one gets older the love of these characters never fades. So, this week’s segment of Who’s Your Favorite will focus on the lovely Disney princesses that have spanned generations. Enjoy!

 Cinderella

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Cinderella was a humble girl, living with her three mean stepsisters and her cruel stepmother. She was always treated poorly, never allowed pretty dresses and having to serve them. But she never complained and her goodness begot her a miraculous occurrence; meeting her fairy godmother.

I’m sure you know the rest of the story and it is a beautiful one. Cinderella would end up living happily ever after with newlywed husband, Prince Charming, and she would never have to endure the ugly actions of her stepsisters and stepmother ever again.

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Princess Leia: How One Woman Created A Generation of Heroines in ‘Star Wars’

It’s May the 4th, hence Star Wars day, and what better to celebrate this wonderful day than to look back at one of the greatest heroines in cinema and the impact of her legacy on the franchise now. And, with every reblog of this post, I have even more heroines to add to the list, proving how important she truly is. So, on that note, enjoy!

Star Wars is a franchise that has lived and transcended generations. The cultural phenomenon began way back in 1977 and now, after 40 years, the excitement for this seemingly unending franchise is even stronger. The question is, what was it that made this science-fiction space opera resonate with so many people? Was it the lore of the story, was it the music, was it the characters? I believe there was a collaboration of all of these different aspects but the characters were a huge part of why A New Hope 40 years ago became such a global hit.

You had Luke, the simple farm boy who wanted to explore the stars and follow in the footsteps of his “dead” father. Then there was Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi, the wise mentor. You had the rascally Han Solo, a scoundrel at first meeting but a hero at heart.

And finally, you have Princess Leia, which this post is dedicated to.

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At the time of A New Hope princesses were usually thought of as damsels in distress that needed rescuing. Princess Leia rewrote that narrative. Princess Leia didn’t run screaming from the stormtroopers, she shot at them. Princess Leia didn’t whimper in the face of Darth Vader, she patronized him. She did the exact opposite of nearly everything that was expected, except fall for the “prince” which in this case would be Luke Skywalker.

She was one of the pioneers of all the strong women you have in film today. Throughout A New Hope she never played the role of damsel in distress. And yes, she was rescued, but she didn’t treat her rescuers like they were “her heroes.” She instead told them off for not coming up with a better escape plan. Ha! I love it. 🙂

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