I don’t think I’m surprising anywhere when I say I liked Black Widow more in The Avengers than I did Iron Man 2. It’s partially because Iron Man 2 is a weaker movie, but also because Joss Whedon knows how to portray women characters in a way that’s both flattering and believable. Well, you know, as believable as a vampire slayer or lethal Russian assassin can be. While Black Widow was obviously the Smurfette to the rest of the Avengers she was still a developed character who brought her own set of skills to the team. Her portrayal in The Avengers is refreshing and I hope will lead to more kick ass ladies joining the Avengers in the future.
In a casual, roundtable session with Entertainment Weekly, Whedon and the cast of The Avengers talked about who they’d like to see join the team in a sequel, and not surprisingly, Whedon jumps right to notion of including more women. Beginning sarcastically Whedon said,”I think we need to get some more men on the team,” to which Chris Hemsworth added, observing the sausage fest, “Yes, there are too few of us.”
From there Scarlet Johansson ran with it, reminding us how many female-led superhero, or even action movies, just suck.
Whedon: Studios will tell you: A woman cannot headline an action movie. After The Hunger Games they might stop telling you that a little bit. Whatever you think of the movie, it’s done a great service. And after The Avengers, I think it’s changing.
Johansson: A lot of the female superhero movies just suck really badly.
Whedon: The suck factor is not small.
Johansson: They are really not well made, and already you’re fighting against the tide. There are a couple [female-driven action movies] that have worked-ish, don’t you think?
Hemsworth: Angelina Jolie tends to do it pretty well, as the dominant female.
Jackson: They got to get The Pro to the screen!
Whedon: [Groaning] See, that is the problem. Sam is the problem!
Jackson: I love that book!
Whedon: [Reluctantly] The Pro is hilarious.
Jackson: The Pro’s hilarious. [To the group] You ever see or hear of it?
Johansson: No, what’s The Pro?
Jackson: It’s [a comic book] about a hooker who gets super powers!
Johansson: [Pauses] That is exactly the problem right there.
Whedon: That’s why I wasn’t going to bring up The Pro!
A strong female character can be sexy, she also, doesn’t have to be. She can be whatever the creators want her to be, just like any character. But more often than not female characters always play on their sexuality. They’re often either wanton seductress or innocent schoolgirls unaware of how their blossoming sexuality is affecting those around them. You can’t say the same of most male superheroes, can you? Though I must I admit I found it hard to concentrate whenever Chris Evans as Captain America was onscreen.
The enthusiasm from Whedon and Johansson is encouraging for fans who want more chicks in The Avengers. Wasp, for instance, was a founding member of The Avengers, and if an Ant Man movie does happen she’d make a perfect addition. There’s also been talk of the Scarlet Witch of Mockingbird joining. What kick ass super-lady do you think would be a good asset for The Avengers in the sequel? How do you think Whedon would envision her?
Source: Cinema Blend