As comedian Margaret Cho would say, “You don’t have to be a woman to be a feminist.” This sentiment certainly holds true for the one and only Joss Whedon. Anyone who has watched Buffy can definitely see that Whedon has a grasp of the female psyche. He builds powerful female characters who not only have their make-up run when they cry but also have the bad guys running from them as they have their asses handed to them! And now with Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow in the up coming ‘Avengers‘ movie we have this displayed once again. She’s deceptive and sexy and that’s what makes her so great. Although Black Widow could certainly hold her own in this film; Scarlett Jo won’t be the only ass kicking babe. While it’s little to go on Comic Book Movie scored an interview with Joss Whedon in which he said:
It is true that the movie is only going to have one female Avenger. But she will not be the only female character.
While we can only wonder what the means Comic Book Movie also reported that Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League) might be joining the cast as a villain. What’s great about this is that it will draw in a larger audience, mainly of the female persuasion and who’s gonna argue with that? Also, it makes a huge statement when women are included in super-hero films and not portrayed as big bosomed floozies who make airhead comments and are simply placed there to be rescued. Nowadays, with writers and creators like Whedon, we get strong female leads that do the rescuing no matter how much their male counterparts despise them for this.
What is difficult to figure out is the role women play in comics. While Black Widow is a strong independent businesswoman and badass spy in the comics she winds up being a two timing bitch and betraying the rest of the Avengers once or twice. Is it social commentary on the fact that women are perceived as sneaky and underhanded while men can be assholes but still be the hero in the end? I do know one thing though…I wish I could rock spandex that well… wait… I think I’m missing the whole message of women’s lib. So can women be sex symbols and sneaky bastards like men but still come out smelling like roses? Suppose we’ll leave that one for Joss to decide.