By Silver_Raven 7 Comments
I think Marvel really needs to be proactive on this and not wait for the audience to demand what should have been so, ages ago. The Marvel Universe has prominent and pervasive gender imbalance in its books and the other media. Marvel only seems to want to focus it's attention on their male leads, and each team seems to exclude women in lead roles or not have an equal representation of people. Most of the character who also have their own solo books also dominate in team books. And even though the X-books have a better balance of women yet they are following two men making a lot of bad decisions. The Avengers have constantly employed tokenism when it come to female superheroes. And this has even extended to the cartoon and movie of the same team. There are so many powerful ladies to pick from but they have to constantly compete with each other to get top billing. And someone like Ms. Marvel who should be a lead if not leader on any team she is a part has been outside the spotlight for a while had to get an even stronger title as Captain Marvel to be taken seriously again.
Another reason to make a real effort in creating a team with mostly if not all females, is to draw in an audience that appreciates strong powerful women. The X-men in the past have proven women could centre at the stories and maintain a big following. The book just needs a writer that can make the theme of a female centered book important and useful. Marvel Divas failed to win any fans because it pandered to a female audience but didn't present anything exceptional or innovative, this new book needs to open itself to a wider audience that loves superhero stories in general.
I love the idea of The Liberators and what that title could mean and stand for with a group of powerful women starring. I think they can create their own niche in the Marvel U, they can include character never before seen together and do things no other team has done before. I would love to see them represented like an all female Illuminati, working together to speak on behalf of their distinct communities and unique interests but supportive of each other's causes. If the idea is treated seriously and the stories convey that with realistic and relatable stories, i am sure it would be a success. And of course Marvel would have to get it behind it and make it integral to the framework of the other book so that what happens in it affects the other books and character. it can't stay in its own bubble it must make a splash and waves.