So, i don't think i am the only one that is not thrilled or impressed by the line up of the Avengers NOW! and i really hope things will change for the better because they already started off badly, if you are a female fan or just a fan of females.
Looking at the current roster revealed on the new Avengers cover, out of the 14 characters showcased and not kept a secret still, 3 of them are women. Which seems very imbalanced, especially since Marvel's women outclasses the men in so many ways and have been so under appreciated and valued for decades. With an event like AvX that demonstrates the power of Marvel's mutant women how are there none on that new cover? And when are they going to include more Avenging ladies to team instead of leaving them in limbo.
Here are some suggestions that can help create more equality and representation for women. First off let one of them lead, let them work together rather than apart, allow female Avengers to get their own book too so they don't have to just have team books to star in. Also, instead of Thor is every book use Valkryie, or use She-Hulk instead of a green or red Hulk. And try harder to include women of colour like; Storm, Photon, Firebird, Black Panther(ess), White Tiger, or Echo. Minority heroes are so hard to come by it helps when non-minority writers support.
Now let me get to the two big reasons i don't like the cover, the exclusion of Storm and the Scarlet Witch. When Storm joined the team last year Marvel hyped it into a big deal but they did nothing really with her character and when AvX happened they did not utilize her connection to both sides and basically ignored her. She's an X-men and an Avenger, yet she is no where to be seen on Uncanny Avengers and now neither on this team. If they can use Wolverine everywhere why not Marvel's most iconic supeheoine?! And then we have the Scarlet Witch, who we know will be in Uncanny Avengers, but is not on the big team when Wolverine, Thor, and Cap are. She is going all out to prove she is an Avenger in AvX but she isn't given the same treatment as the other guys. Unless they are keeping some secrets from the current Marvel crossover, then we should be getting a lot more than what we are seeing.
If Marvel NOW! is all about including mutants on the main team then why are they only males? Why not enlist Rogue and/or Psylocke on their team. They would both be great assets to the team, especially with their power sets. And if you are going to have New Mutants then why not have Mirage and Magma on the team as well? Dani's a Valkyrie, SHIELD agent and has worked with the Avengers before and Magma can melt the world literally, yet they aren't included. New Mutant was cancelled so I am going to need my NM fix somewhere.
It looking like more and more like Marvel THEN! So unless they are keeping some major surprises that will remedy this art preview fail then why should WE care. And be WE, i mean people who want to see all genders, races, ages, abilities and orientations represented equally and diversity celebrated rather then tokenized. I want to read the Avengers once in my life but Marvel doesn't seem to care about their female characters or their female readers that much. So NOW! would be a great time to bring us in by giving us heroes we can relate with and reasons to buy your comic books.