Movies about ‘Marvel’ superheroines are overdue

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Actor Chris Hemsworth as Marvel Entertainment's Thor (Credit: MightyThorLibrary.com
Actor Chris Hemsworth as Marvel Entertainment’s Thor
(Credit: MightyThorLibrary.com)

In July 2014, Thor, the god of thunder, became Thor the goddess of thunder. Anyone who spent their youth reading Marvel comic books underwent a major paradigm shift.

Female Thor (Credir: AllPosters.com)
Female Thor
(Credit: AllPosters.com)

Was this an entertainment ploy to draw in female moviegoers? Most comic book lovers of the female persuasion did not have problems with Thor, especially with Chris Hemsworth playing the movie role as Thor. He heightens the excitement on the big screen.

After the deed was done, the Marvel executives didn’t even have the decency to change the female Thor’s name. Somehow, it all seemed ill-considered and weird.

There is a better way to enlarge a female audience rather than change a longtime superhero into an instant superheroine. Marvel needs to produce more movies featuring superheroines in primary movie roles.

Marvel offers a plethora of superheroines, including women of color. Marvel highlights strong women characters in its comic books.  The Marvel movie sagas are the exception.  In the Marvel movies, women take secondary roles to their male counterparts.

Ororo Munroe , a.k.a. Storm (Image Credit - Wikipedia)
Ororo Munroe , a.k.a. Storm (Image Credit – Wikipedia)

According to the website FiveThirtyEight.com, Marvel female characters represent 30.6 percent of the Marvel universe. Research quoted by ComicBeats.com states 46.67 percent of comic book readers is female.

It is unacceptable to female fans that Marvel has yet to feature all superheroines as primary characters in a movie. It’s time for Marvel to join us in the 21st century.

Female fans should be outraged and united in protest by sending email or mail to Marvel Entertainment demanding a movie is made with an all superheroines cast of characters. Let Marvel know that if our voices are not heard, then next we will protest with our dollars by not buying Marvel comic books or movie tickets.

Women of Marvel Universe (Credit: ludus.wikia.com
Women of Marvel Universe
(Credit: ludus.wikia.com)

There is talk of future Marvel movies about Natalia Alianovna Romanova, a.k.a. the Black Widow and Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel.  It’s about time; however Marvel executives must not stop with the Black Widow and Lady Marvel.  Women and girls who love Marvel comic books want to see the stories of their other favorite superheroines on the big screen, too.

The story of Jean Grey becoming the Dark Phoenix needs to be updated and retold in its entirety.  So far fans have only seen bits and pieces in Marvel movies. Jean Grey and the Dark Phoenix is story about inner conflict. Everyone can relate to the internal human condition of evil versus good.

Then, there is the story of Ororo Munroe. Ororo Munroe is Storm, the African priestess.  How about her love story with her soulmate T’Challa, The Black Panther? Both characters have been introduced in the Marvel movies, but without the love connection to each other.

Misty Knight was the comic book answer to original Foxy Brown (Pam Grier) from the 1974 movie of the same title.  She is a combination of beauty, brains and brawn. Her intriguing storyline is limited to the upcoming Marvel television version of Luke Cage.

Many compelling superheroines are being overlooked.  Their stories are as exciting as any male counterpart, so Marvel should tell them.  Imagine if there was an all-female cast of superheroines in a Marvel movie. That’s how one enlarges a female audience of moviegoers, showcase women as powerful main characters.

Not only would female comic book lovers attend, but male fans as well. This is a fresh angle to Marvel movies. An all-female cast of Marvel women on the big screen is guaranteed to heighten the excitement.

 Top 10 Marvel Superheroines

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C. C. J. Vann
C. C. J. Vann is a published freelance journalist and sci-fi television enthusiast. Follow her on Twitter@ccjvann or visit her blog at ccjvann.com.
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