It’s short, but I need to be clear on this.
We have 300, a story that takes place in Ancient Greece, about 300 Spartans who stand against the Persian Army. We have Thor, about a Norse god who joins a team of human super heroes.
But we can’t have Wonder Woman be an Amazon princess, a figure pulled directly from Greek myth, because people won’t get that? That it’s easier to believe if she’s an alien?
I just need to be clear about that.
Marvel needs to reboot the Spider franchise in a different way. Instead of bringing back a third incarnation of Spider-man, they need to say “Screw it! Peter and M.J. are married and they have a girl who lives in the same universe as Tony Stark and Steve Rogers and Bruce Banner and Black Widow”. Then they should release Spider-Girl, have Tobey McGuire as the older, father figure, Kirsten Dunst as M.J. and they could be the parents of a young May Parker who inherits her father’s spider abilities. She dons a costume, calls herself Spider-Girl, and eventually joins the Avengers.
Why, exactly, is it so difficult to get multiple women into a movie franchise? I’m side eyeing Star Wars with this one. Granted, it is J. J. Abrams, and his Star Trek run was pretty sexist. And to be honest, not in anyway reminiscent of the old Star Trek series. So does that mean the upcoming Star Wars is gonna be equally in aspect to what Abrams did with the other Star Franchise?
But this is something that’s not just confined to the realm of sci fi. Lord of the Rings, for example (and the prequel, The Hobbit) had a lot of dudes walking around doing dude things. Admittedly, Peter Jackson did have more screen time for two of the female characters in the first trilogy. And he basically had to create one for the Hobbit.
I’m still not sure as to why we need to take baby steps when it comes to representation in movies. This goes for race, sexual orientation, gender, and so on. But seriously, we shouldn’t have to take baby steps. Because the ones who’d complain just need to get over it and move out of the 17th Century.