Last weeks poll showed that you folks think that Forever Evil has run too long, with about 67% of voters agreeing. However this weeks question is who should be the first female character to lead a Marvel Studio’s movie.
A large number of movie sites were rushing to report the news that a Black Widow movie is confirmed when very little other than the intention to. You see it all came about when Kevin Feige [Marvel Studio’s Head Honcho] said in an interview with Total Film;
“We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that.”
Now we were a bit more apprehensive about posting this since well I am sure there are plans for various Marvel IP’s to be produced into movies and it is barely committal at all, “would be great” for example said in place of “will be great” if anything does makes one less optimistic of a Black Widow picture hitting the screen anytime soon, Hardly the confirmation that was reported. So far all we can assume going forward is that she “may” get a film other than an Avengers appearance or side character appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier but that was much the case before the interview anyway.
The history of female superheroes on screen is one that is well… universally poor, It isn’t even as though the template for how to pull off a successful female superhero film has been laid out because at this point it hasn’t. It is this reason I think it is largely agreed there aren’t more of them when we are seeing a deluge of male heroes on solo features.
This recalls recent discussion about Wonder Woman being inserted into Batman and Superman when the character is arguably on of the top three DC’s characters in terms of casual recognition. Yet unlike Marvel Studio’s she has been widely reported to be getting a solo feature, Which is a safe bet for DC even considering the toxic label of being a female hero solo feature as the other options are presumably a reboot of The Green Lantern, The Flash and Aquaman. Arguably those choices are more risky since Flash and Aquaman have more gimmicky concepts behind them, So clearly she is not only one of DC’s top characters but is clearly their flagship female character in line for a solo feature.
The seeming indecision about a Black Widow solo feature seemingly shows a lack of faith in the character and it makes one wonder who is Marvel’s lead female character?, In terms of power, one could argue that would be Captain Marvel aka Ms.Marvel aka Carol Danver’s – With a cosmic back story, power set akin to Superman and prominent publication history with 2 solo volumes, being in numerous iterations of The Avengers and crossing over with X-Men one more than one occasion.
Then there is Janet Van Dyne aka The Wasp, Whose founding membership of The Avenger’s was seemingly co-opted by Black Widow in Marvel Studio’s Avengers, Originally she was scripted for inclusion in that feature but with Ant-Man now not centering around Hank Pym (her comic book husband) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (Ultron had an oedipal obsession with her) presumably proceeding without her then one has to wonder why such a core character has been overlooked?
There are others under the umbrella but with characters like Rogue, Storm, Sue Storm, Spider-Woman and others out of the studios hands it does complicate the picture even further.
So who do you see as there centerpiece female character to Marvel Studio’s and first in line for a feature film?
The writer of this piece was:
Gary Kane aka (GK)
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