The 5 Super Heroines that Deserve their Own Movies

If you haven't noticed by now, super heroines (or female super heroes) get the short end of the stick when it comes to starring in movies. It's true that we have Black Widow in movies like Iron Man 2, Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and soon Age of Ultron. Agent Peggy Carter was in Captain America: The First Avenger and will next star in her own television series titled Agent Carter.

Also Wonder Woman will make an appearance in Batman Vs. Superman and will be in the Justice League movie. Other characters like Pepper Potts, Gwen Stacy, Lady Sif, Catwoman and the ladies of the X-Men have demonstrated heroism acts in movies lately.

But even with so many female characters in the movies none of them have had the lead. Let me tell you of five movies with female protagonist that the studios must make:

5. Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman

One of the most prominent Avengers characters is Jessica Drew, who has one of the most extraordinary origin stories in the history of comics. Actually, her story could easily be translated into a movie. Even though her name tends to relate her to Peter Parker she has nothing to do with Spider-Man...

Concisely I'll explain her origins: Jessica Drew is the daughter of a scientist who experiments on her when she is still in her mother's womb. The experiment consists of using spider venom which gives her abilities that parallel that of a spider's. For some reason, she is raised by hybrid human/animal creatures on Mount Wundagore just to be later be adopted by Viper/Madame Hydra who raises her to be a double agent between HYDRA and SHIELD.

Obviously she redeems herself later thanks to Nick Fury and she is now an essential part of the Avengers. Why would her movie work? SPOILER Just look at what's happening in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). S.H.I.E.L.D. has disappeared thanks to H.Y.D.R.A.'s infiltration in the special force for years. It would make sense for Agent Jessica Drew to question her loyalty to H.Y.D.R.A. after working undercover in S.H.I.E.L.D. for so long. Wouldn't that be a cool movie? Add Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury to the cast, maybe Maria Hill and/or Clint Barton/Hawkeye (they are dating in the comics), and you have your movie.

Hail HYDRA!

4. Birds of Prey

Simple, Birds of Prey is the team that consists of (mostly) women who fight crime (usually) in Gotham City. The original members are Oracle (the super-intelligent ex-Batgirl), Black Canary (with the voice of supersonic proportions), and Huntress (the daughter of an alternate universe Catwoman and Batman). Of course, there have been other members that have joined after.

Why make a Birds of Prey movie? We have to admit it, the rivalry between Marvel and DC Comics exists and if Warner Bros. wants to catch up to the MCU then they need to introduce characters of their universe as fast as possible. Team movies are the way to do it so that you don't need to dedicate time to each of their origins.

Added to that... What is the only thing Marvel/Disney has not done? Female centered movies. That the way to beat Marvel!

3. Black Widow

Now, it's very hard to say super heroines and not think of Wonder Woman or Black Widow. After three movies (soon to be four) I think Black Widow deserves the spotlight. Originally, Black Widow was a Russian double spy who ended up working for SHIELD. Starting out as a villain who later redeems herself, Natasha Romanov has history with almost every available guy in the Marvel Universe. There is enough history there to flesh out her own trilogy.

The problem with our Russian Avengers is that she has already been established in the movies, her origin story might be a little late in the game. Unless, cue the suspense music please, this is all done in flashbacks. Natasha's more recent story, in her own comic book Black Widow, created the prefect plot for flashbacks. This is where, for past burdens, Widow must go back to Russia.

The only thing I would do is wait for Scarlett Johanson's movie to premiere: Lucy. If the actress can hold her own in the spotlight of this movie, then she deserves her own movie in the MCU.

2. Captain Marvel

DC Comics has Wonder Woman as their feminisim icon, who's Marvel's? It has to be Carol Danvers, known as Ms. Marvel and recently renamed as Captain Marvel. Marvel Studios has mentioned interest in making the character appear in the MCU, she was even confirmed to appear in the cancelled TV series A.K.A. Jessica Jones. The thing is, it is a bit hard to tell her origins without introducing a few characters first.

Captain Mar-vell of the Kree alien race is responsible for passing on his powers to the Air Force pilot. After interacting with an alien this way your only option is to become a super hero, right? She went from being Pilot Danvers, to Binary, to Ms. Marvel and now Captain Marvel. During this time she was even the leader of her own team of Avengers. She had to deal with super villains and amongst them her arch nemesis: Mystique.

In this case, making a movie about Danvers is a bit complicated because we would need the story of Mar-Vell first. The good thing is that the alien race will be introduced in August. This year Guardians of the Galaxy will introduce the Kree. After that it would be easy to begin the story of Captain Mar-Vell and eventually Captain Marvel (Carol). Imagine a movie titled Captain Marvel where throughout the whole movie you think that Mar-Vell is the protagonist just so that by the end we figure out the titled referred to the woman of this story. Of course, if Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) were to make an appearance, it'd be better.

1. Wonder Woman

Who else? Well the representative of feminisim in all comics: Wonder Woman. It's surprising that up until this day there has been over six Batman movies, six Superman movies, five of Spider-Man and one animated Wonder Woman movie. We know that Gal Gadot will play Diana Prince in the the Man of Steel sequel. Still, the most memorable woman in the history of comics is not getting the spotlight.

Aside of the story we all know (Island full of women who avoid man's world is found by a pilot and Diana fills the role of ambassador to the isle to return the man back to the U.S. where she decides to reside in order to save the world against the evils that cause men), there is so much more a Wonder Woman movie could demonstrate. For example, the legend is governed by the confusing rules of the Greek myths. Why not have her fight a few Greek gods? Ares? Medusa? Her own father Zeus? Here is an idea of how to do it.

Nobody can deny that Wonder Woman is a feminist icon and she can hold her own just as well as (and sometimes better than) Superman and Batman. Movies like The Hunger Games and Divergent have demonstrated that you can have a movie about a strong and at the same time feminine woman. We need a Wonder Woman movie! Until then, we'll wait for her debut in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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At the end of the day, neither Disney nor Warner will see this post and thing they need to get to work on one of these movies, but I think it is time they consider it...

Any other women of comics books that you might consider she deservers her own movie?

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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"Power and Responsibility"; What Amazing Spider-Man Lacks

Warning, this editorial piece will come with some spoilers from The Amazing Spider-Man and its recent sequel.

Still here? Okay... Don't say I didn't warn you.

Over the course of these past three weeks I've watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2 three times. Just as it sounds, the movie did not disappoint, especially with how much I love the character of Gwen Stacy (if you know me at all you know what I am talking about). But I will have to review the whole movie eventually. Right now I want to talk about the most famous phrase from the lovable Spider-Man lore...

You must know that one of the biggest disappointments in these recent movies was not being able to hear someone utter these words that leave such a huge impact. You can discuss with me all you want about how Uncle Ben said the same thing using some different vocabulary during the first movie, but while I don't hear "with great power comes great responsibility" it does not count.

So I have given myself the task of mentioning where in these two movies the phrase could have been said. I have the power to do so; so I shall fulfill my responsibility:

The Amazing Spider-Man: Uncle Ben

There were two instances where these words could have been said. I don't have the script with me but he said something along the lines of: "if we have the power to do something about it is our moral responsibility to do so". Semantically speaking, it is the same but, was it really that hard to reinforce the statement with a "great power comes great responsibility"?

The second time was when he left his nephew a voice message. This is just after he dies and a moment in the movie that simple touches your heart, I won't deny that. Even so, if Marc Webb didn't want these words to be said to Peter's face, why not the voice message?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Richard Parker

What about Peter's father? According to Uncle Ben, the famous words that give Spider-Man his most important lesson originally come from his father. At the beginning of the movie Richard Parker (not talking about the tiger in Life of Pi) records himself revealing secrets about the spiders that would eventually empower Peter. The revelation can't be really seen until the awesome movie's midpoint. Just as he is regretting what he's done his phrase could've come in: "with great power comes great responsibility" and end with: "and it is my responsibility to discontinue these experiments".

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Gwen Stacy

Please let me catch my breath before I talk about this... I promised myself I wouldn't cry. In the recent line of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Gwen Stacy sort of takes on the role of mentor for the new Spider-Man (MIles Morales). Actually it is her who teaches MIles the rule he must follow: "with great power comes great responsibility". Seeing as how Gwen is a very relevant Spider-Man lore character, I have no problem with her being who says the phrase.

Where in the movie would it be appropriate for her to say it? After her death; duh. It is a common thing for Peter Parker to receive his lessons from recordings of dead people. In the movie Peter watches the recording of Gwen's graduation speech. She talks about how great they will all become in their fleeting time. She talks about how they shouldn't be marked by their past. She just needed to mention how big of a responsibility they have on their potentially powerful hands.

Of course, this is just my humble opinion. Maybe you don't all agree. Should the phrase have been included in the movies?

By the way, do yourself a favor and go watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Once you do, check if you still miss Toby Mcguire the "original" Spider-Man.

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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First Look at Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver on Avengers: Age of Ultron

Last night on ABC a special documentary-type special came on that recorded the process of assembling the Avengers through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This documentary special, appropriately titled Assembling a Universe, not only revealed behind-the-scenes secrets about the making of the first phase of Marvel Studios' movies, but also about the present second phase.

Among the interviews and BTS footage we also got to see concept art on the much anticipated Avengers sequel: Avengers: Age of Ultron. Including, my personal favorite part, concept art on our favorite twin, mutant Avengers: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

What do you guys think on the cinematic take these characters are veering to? Did you guys catch the documentary? If so, what was your favorite part?

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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6-Year Vineversary!

I still don't understand how I missed the date again... Guys, 6 years ago I joined Comic Vine!

"This is me still being a geek!"

On January 30th of 2008, I stumbled upon comic book-related images on Google that then led me here, to Comic Vine. (I think it was Spider-Man images...) I joined the the site under the guise of "sora_thekey" since then and have had a blast these past six years.

Usually I ramble and boast about my accomplishments of the year, but the stats haven't really changed all that much since last time. So I'll make it short:

sora_thekey's stats

  • Wiki Points: 18,690
  • Forum Posts: 8,052
  • Reviews: 30 (7 Video Reviews)
  • Lists: 8
  • Followed By: 71,796
  • Following: 302
  • Blogs Created: 329 blogs
  • Most Comented Blog: The Full Secret Avengers Revealed
  • Total Comments on Blogs: 3488 comments
  • Images: 2008
  • Banned: ONCE, but it was a prank done by one of my fellow Mods.

So, I'm just going to finish this blog by saying this:

"Thank you Comic Vine Staff for creating such a wonderful, geeky, internet home for me. Here I've been able to post my art, my writing, my opinions and even my thoughts. This is where I have made some of the best of acquaintances when it comes comic book banter.

On that note, I'd like to single out a few people that have made my six years so awesome: Tony (G-Man), obviously, for giving me the chance to be a part of your site in so many ways. Mat Elfring (inferiorego) & Tom Pinchuk, for still being the best two people I've ever met online. xerox-kitty, The Poet, Icarusflies, RazzaTazz, and Mercy_ who are the users I've most associated with and grown to appreciate more. (All of them are Mods, but just as a disclaimer, I met most of them before they reached a higher moddier power, so that makes this shout-out even cooler.) The rest of my fellow Mods and all of my friends over at the Artist Show-Off forums, also need a mention for being awesome!"

So yeah, thanks for an awesome six years... and here's to many more!

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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Edgar Wright "Spills the Beans on Pym & Lang" for the Ant-Man Movie

Surely, you've heard the news? Paul Rudd was cast some time ago as "Ant-Man", but just today it was announced that Michael Douglas is Hank Pym.

Well, as baffled as that may leave us Edgar Wright has talked about how this dynamic would work. The Ant-Man director tweeted this today:

I've read through SuperHeroHype's interview and here's a notion of what we can expect in the final product:

SHH!: I think it's interesting that the Ant-Man you knew and grew up with was the Scott Lang one, since most people I would think know the one who hung with the Wasp in "Tales to Astonish."

Wright: Well, the thing is that what we want to do, the idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both. Is to have a film that basically is about Henry Pym and Scott Lang, so you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60's, in sort of "Tales to Astonish" mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang's story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him. So it's like an interesting thing, like the "Marvel Premiere" one that I read which is Scott Lang's origin, it's very brief like a lot of those origin comics are, and in a way, the details that are skipped through in the panels and the kind of thing we'd spend half an hour on.

"Homework"

Of course, this was a couple of years ago, so it might not entirely be set up as he said it way back then, but we now know what he's getting at. Some days ago Wright also posted on his blog an image from the animated series Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes with a simple caption: "Homework". The image (Right) is from episode five of season two, "To Steal an Ant-Man", where Scott Lang is introduced and steals Pym's work for the sake of saving his daughter. Speculation of Paul Rudd playing Scott Lang fits into all of these plot clues we are getting.

I got to hand it to Wright, he certaintly knows how to tease his work.

Source: SHH

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Hank Pym Confirmed for Edgar Wright's Ant Man Movie

We're all still suffering from an information overload, even Post-SDCC. One of the biggest news revealed this past weekend was The Avengers' sequel title: Avengers: Age of Ultron.

This has been confirmed to have no relation to this year's Marvel Comics event with the same name, even so, we did get some information on the villain. As you probably already read in this week's Question of the Week Article, the appearance of Ultron will have no relation or involvement with Hank Pym, the original creator. Well, to all of you who voted "it's a big change and I'm not exactly happy about it", fear not, there is a silver lining.

io9.com just posted this:

Just now, we were interviewing Edgar Wright about his new film The World's End, and he told us that we will, indeed, meet Hank Pym in Wright's Ant-Man movie.

There you have it, Hank Pym not in the Avengers: Age of Ultron, but in Ant-Man. Now, this isn't exactly a huge reveal since most of us expected Pym's introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in this movie. Even so, confirmation on this allows some breathing room on the constant questioning for this size-changing, original Avenger. Now we can ask what of Janet Van Dyne? What of the original female member of the Avengers?

With this confirmation is there some possibility that Hank will at least cameo in the Avengers sequel?

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey

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Recent Drawings: Taylor Swift is Rapunzel

Have you guys heard of the famous photographer Annie Leibovitz? She does amazing stuff, and is best known for doing a series of photographs with various celebrities representing or acting out a scene from Disney films (Scarlett Johanson as Cinderella, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony as Aladdin and Jasmine, Queen Latifah as Ursula and even Beyonce as Alice). One of her latest pieces was Talor Swift as Rapunzel (Right).

I can't consider myself the biggest Taylor Swift fan but I can admit this is a beautiful photograph. Plus, I am a huge Tangled fan (notice past drawings I've done of this movie). So after seeing it I thought of an idea for a drawing:

I took the basic idea and pose to create the actual animated Rapunzel into Taylor Swift... or something like that. Tell me what you think!

(Btw, I know this isn't exactly comic book-related but I actually liked this one a lot and I can always go with the excuse that Disney owns Marvel... Right?)

Check out more of my art here: Recent Drawings: My Art!

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @sora_thekey

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Recent Drawings: Lady Mastermind vs Post-AvX Emma Frost

"That top makes you look low class" -Emma

Remember back when Greg Land was doing the art for Uncanny X-Men and Emma Frost confronted Lady Mastermind about her outfit during the Sisterhood story arc? (RIGHT)

Well, it's been around four years since that happened and since then Emma has become leader of the X-Men, host to the Phoenix and a wanted criminal.

AoA Dazzler

Of course, it's completly normal that during all this a girl like Emma would like to change her outfit/uniform once in a while, but her most updated costume leaves me bafled as to why this character would want to look like this. I understand that Chris Bachalo is behind it and it is probably the only costume he knows how to draw, see Dazzler's outfit in Age of Apocalypse (LEFT), but c'mon!

I really want Lady Mastermind (who is currently appearing in All-New X-Men) and Emma Frost (star of the present Uncanny X-Men title) to interact based on their outfits...

That's why I drew the following (Be sure to tell me what you think!):

Check out more of my art here: Recent Drawings: My Art!

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Recent Drawings: Alice in Wonderland

An example of what I think is "a really cool Alice in Wonderland drawing"

Hi there! It's been a while... I finally got a chance to scan some of my most recent works and I'm pretty excited about this one in particular.

For some reason I've become a bit obsessed with Alice in Wonderland lately. Not exactly the Disney version but just the concept in general. So one day I decided to do "a really cool Alice in Wonderland drawing" (yes, that's how I said it in my head).

The unfinished "First Try"

So I begun drawing what I thought was a decent job, but a prank by my co-workers that involved doodles on the work in progress disencouraged my ability to continue (the unfinished work is on the left). So after getting over it I started anew and came up with what you can see below.

As you can tell, I did a bit of redesigning to the characters. I wanted Mad Hatter to look mad, but not exactly "unatractive". In the case of Alice, I aged her a bit but hopefully she can still be considered a child. Her outfit was modernized a bit. The mushrooms, well that's just an inside joke with me because I HATE mushrooms, drawing so many of them just made me sick. Hehe...

Please tell me what you think? Usually I get a lot of comments about how it should be colored; I'll say it now, I don't know how to color. I wish I did, but since I can't anyone is free to give it a go.

Also, adding to the Wonderland craze I made another drawing of Alice called "Through the Looking Glass". Check it out here.

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @sora_thekey

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Felicity Jones is "the Goblin's Girlfriend" in ASM2

Felicity Jones

I don't know if you guys are aware of this but Felicity Jones, star of Like Crazy, joined the cast of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 some time ago. The intrigue into this casting choice is that Sony hasn't revealed who she is playing.

In a recent interview with View Felicity revelaed a bit about her character:

"It’s all quite shrouded in secrecy, but I’m the Goblin’s girlfriend - I’m in a relationship with him, and his accomplice. I’m on the dark side."

When asked for her character's name all she had to say was this:

"I can’t say actually. It’s all in the vaults of Marvel. I love all that secrecy, I think it’s great. It builds anticipation, there’s too much transparency in everything these days."

This leaves us with a lot of room for speculation. How many girlfriends of the Goblin(s) do we know? The first girl that comes to mind is Lily Hollister (better known as Menace) who dated both Osborns. The other option would be Harry Osborn's ex Liz Allan, but to my knowledge she was never considered "bad".

Then there's the third option. The internet suggests that Felicity Jones is most likely playing Black Cat, and during an interview she did answer this to the Black Cat question:

“Well… possibly, I don’t know. Yeah, if that happens that would be wonderful.”

Could the comic book continuity be tweaked to have Felicia Hardy and Harry Osborn date? ('Cause Jones looks a bit too young to be dating Chris Cooper rather than Dane DeHaan) Would this mean that Harry will beat his dad Norman to the glider in this incarnation of the Spider-Man mythos?

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @sora_thekey

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