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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:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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