There’s been internet buzz about Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige’s remarks concerning the lack of female superheroes headlining their own films. It’s no secret that ladies in the action realm have had their ups and downs. For every one Ellen Ripley there’s a ‘Catwoman,’ an ‘Elektra,’ and a ‘Barb Wire.’ One could argue that the industry as a whole just down right doesn’t know what to do with ladies in power. But when considering the counter-argument, that with every ‘BloodRayne’ debacle, there are ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,’ ‘Underworld’ and ‘Hunger Games’ success stories, the issue gets kinda confusing. If Marvel were to place bets on a female-led superhero film, where would it fit in their grand cinematic plan? And what character would be the best candidate? I think Katee Sackhoff might be trying to tell us something.
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe so overrun by white male superheroes, you gotta ask if anybody anywhere is trying to diversify its appeal to a broader range of audiences. Nick Fury used to be white and War Machine is a guy wearing armor – and we have one of those already. Truth is, all minority heroes are being ignored, but the hot topic lately has been about putting ladies in charge. What does it have to take to make this happen? Cut to Feige’s latest conversation with Comic Book Resources:
“I think it comes down to timing, which is what I’ve sort of always said, and it comes down to us being able to tell the right story. I very much believe in doing it. I very much believe that it’s unfair to say, ‘People don’t want to see movies with female heroes,’ then list five movies that were not very good, therefore, people didn’t go to the movies because they weren’t good movies, versus [because] they were female leads. And they don’t mention ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Frozen,’ ‘Divergent.’ You can go back to ‘Kill Bill’ or ‘Aliens.’ These are all female-led movies. It can certainly be done. I hope we do it sooner rather than later.”
Dude is saying a few things here. One, he’s saying he knows something we don’t know and he’s keeping his mouth shut about it. Secondly, he’s saying that Marvel has a plan set out for the next few years and nothing’s gonna screw that up no matter how much fans issue pressure.
“But we find ourselves in the very strange position of managing more franchises than most people have — which is a very, very good thing and we don’t take for granted, but is a challenging thing. You may notice from those release dates, we have three for 2017. And that’s because just the timing worked on what was sort of gearing up. But it does mean you have to put one franchise on hold for three or four years in order to introduce a new one? I don’t know. Those are the kinds of chess matches we’re playing right now.”
There’s just no time to fit all that stuff in when up against a schedule. I get what he’s saying, but what I can’t nail down is why didn’t they plan for minority hero leads, including women, when they first blueprinted their plans with Iron Man?
Schedule or no schedule, I’m saying that Marvel is setting theaters on fire with a raccoon shooting a machine gun – they can make any movie work, including one with a female hero lead.
Back in February Katee Sackhoff retweeted this mash of her suited up in a Captain Marvel costume. Captain, or Ms. Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, has a killer set of powers. Superhuman strength, endurance, stamina, flight, a limited precognitive “sixth sense” and the ability to absorb and project energy from her body as a weapon. The only members of the Avengers that can stand up to her are the Hulk and Thor. And I’m not sure how long Thor would last. Sackhoff has not only loved the idea of playing Danvers on film, but recently tweeted several clues that followed her announcement of meeting with comics god Stan Lee. For whom she dressed in “appropriate” red leather, btw – Ms. Marvel’s primary color. Then she tweeted “clues” about a “super secret” project.
The above pic could mean anything. Can’t even speculate, but looks like a face mold is happening there.
That one looks suspiciously like Captain America’s shield after a severe beating. What’s Sackhoff doing here? Her name sounds dirty…
Okay, so she’s replacing Claire Danes in ‘Homeland?‘ Again, move along…nothing to see here.
Then she crushes all hopes with this next “clue,” which slices away our ability to give a damn about this job.
WHAT THE FUCK, Sackhoff?? You wave some Marvel shit in front of our faces, then say it’s not a Marvel job? What kind of b.s. is that? Are you playing Ms. Marvel or not? Is Kevin Feige giving you a movie or not? Did Marvel Entertainment bigwigs see your spoilery tweets and force you to shut up and then you covered it up with that last, worst message? Maybe you got fired for talking too much and it will be announced that Yvonne Strahovski will play Carol Danvers instead. Whatever the case, all of this is suddenly weird and fishy and doesn’t add any closure to that ongoing debate concerning a woman heading a Marvel hero movie.
Seriously, I thought we were onto something before that last tweet. And Sackhoff is already nerd bait and a badass on screen, so she’s perfect for the role – and the role is perfect for a standalone film. People keep talking about a Black Widow movie. I don’t want to see that. Ms. Marvel is perfect. I don’t know what games are being played here, but Sackhoff has my vote if they plan on doing this flick. And so does Yvonne Strahovski because she’s my girlfriend in real life. And you can’t prove she isn’t.