Or Betty Ross as Red She Hulk buddying it up with Jen tbh
I WOULD 1000000% BE OKAY WITH THAT
DC won’t put out a female solo film and meanwhile Marvel won’t put out a female solo film
It’s been amazing how good the Marvel Media machine is becoming. The announcement of Thor as a woman made major magazine headlines, and even people who know nothing about comics are aware of it. I’ve been asked my opinion about the move by several people who barely know a thing about comics, so it’s definitely gaining some attention.
Marvel, of course, despite the noise of crying misogynist fans, is receiving acclaim for this move, as well as making Sam Wilson Captain America. There’s a precedence for Sam taking up the shield of course; unlike Thor, Captain America has never been exclusive to Steve Rogers. We’ve had Isaiah Bradley, William Burnside, Bucky Barnes, and those are just the big ones that I can think of off the top of my head.
Marvel’s getting a lot of brownie points for these moves of diversity, and I’m not saying it’s not a big deal, because it is. Although Marvel and DC both have plenty of characters of color, queer characters, and important woman characters, it all comes down to the big names. Thor and Captain America, thanks to the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are huge names, even outside of fandom circles and comic shops. Walk along a street in a big city and count how many shirts with Cap’s shield you see—it’s very prevalent. So giving those two big roles to a woman and a black man it’s important, it’s great, it’s wonderful…
But this doesn’t excuse what else Marvel has done recently.
Fridinging Sharon Carter. Delaying the potential of a Black Widow or Captain Marvel movie, not including Jan Van Dyne in the MCU, while creating Ant-Man and a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy sequel (the later without even waiting to see how people respond to the first entry!), the continual disappearance of Eli Bradley, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD fridged the only canonically queer character in the MCU without even revealing her sexuality… the fact that Sam Wilson now holds the shield and a woman now wields Mjonlir doesn’t just balance it out. Primarily, this is probably temporary; status quo in Marvel or DC is rarely altered forever when it comes to a legacy as big as Captain America or Thor—I expect it to be similar to Dick Grayson’s tenure as Batman, if we’re lucky.
However, people are jumping on this “diversity” and “forward thinking” train Marvel is generating to the media, ignoring the problems that are still happening in comics even as these two important roles change hands.
And I’m happy this is happening! It’s wonderful! But Marvel is still doing some pretty shitty stuff, so I don’t think that Marvel fans should get too proud of how much better Marvel is than DC.
Now, DC certainly has its problems. I am enraged at the erasure of the many WoC (primarily from Gotham and it’s associated books), the erasure of legacies of women, the sexualization of teenagers in the Teen Titans book, the refusal to allow Kate Kane to get married, the treatment of Lois Lane, etc. DC has made some bad decisions, both pre and post Nu52.
But DC still has a Jewish lesbian headlining her comic, they are introducing old characters as characters of color (go Helena Bertinelli and Wally West!), and are including a lot of characters of color and queer characters in their Arrow and it’s spin-offs (although they also do its fair share of whitewashing, just because we can’t have nice things).
However, none of these are really getting the media attention that Marvel has started to give their increasing diversity ever since the announcement of Ms. Marvel. Marvel saw how well that worked, and now they’re taking full advantage. DC is also now trying to cash in on the concept of attracting the young female demographic through their soft Batgirl reboot. And it’s certainly getting them good publicity, but unlike the Kamala Khan publicity craze which is what DC is trying to imitate, it’s a soft reboot of a legacy which they destroyed, featuring a white woman who is acting like a teenage girl new to super heroics instead of the experienced crime fighter she is, even as Batgirl if not Oracle, while Kamala Khan is the first step in creating a legacy and is a Pakistani American, who also doesn’t have the negative associations of ableism and racism that Barbara Gordon’s Nu52 Batgirl run has. (The fact that DC also used the soft reboot of Batgirl to tease the return of Cassandra Cain again also left a sour taste in my mouth.) And the Batgirl costume was never that bad to begin with, so I feel the change was unnecessary. (It’s a cool concept, I’ll admit, but it doesn’t seem to click with the characterization of Babs I know and love.) Why couldn’t we get a costume reboot for Power Girl? Or Wonder Girl? Or any of the other unfortunate women in DC who have been forced to fight crime in heels, belly shirts, and miniskirts for years, despite often being not bullet proof? I understand what DC is trying to do, and I applaud them for trying to appeal to the young female demographic but… there are better ways to go about it than that.
The werewolves just keep killing me this is very frustrating