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!
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.
Continue reading How Women Have Evolved in Marvel: Part 2
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!
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.
Continue reading How Women Have Evolved in Marvel: Part 1
It’s official. Hawkeye and Black Widow have one of my favorite friendships in cinema history. We’ve seen their friendship highlighted before, mainly in The Avengers, but Avengers: Endgame took that storyline and really brought things into perspective through an emotionally impactful conclusion between the two friends. But that’s just the thing. There was an ending to their friendship.
There are major spoilers ahead but if you haven’t seen the film by now you probably weren’t that excited about it to begin with so…
Continue reading Hawkeye Needs to be in the Black Widow Movie
Avengers: Endgame was a great film, no doubt about that. In fact, it’s easily one of the greatest superhero movies of all time. But where does it fall in the MCU? Is it my favorite of all time or has another Marvel film not been able to be surpassed? That’s what I’m here to share with you all. Enjoy!
1. Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War is, in my opinion, utter perfection. Infinity War, so far, is the Empire Strikes Back of the MCU, meaning it can’t be easily topped. The storytelling is phenomenal, the action scenes are stellar, the romance is actually necessary, and the ending of this movie is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Infinity War surprised me in ways that I couldn’t have seen coming whereas Endgame turned out just as I expected. And that’s why Infinity War is still my favorite Marvel movie of all time.
Continue reading Where Do I Rank ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in the MCU?