A Female Superhero Movie From Marvel Studios? Why An Ensemble Film Is A Better Idea
A solo female superhero movie seems to be inevitable from Marvel Studios but will they turn to Ms. Marvel? Should they? The case for why an ensemble female superhero movie is the better route for Kevin Feige and co. to take.
A modern, female superhero movie is an inevitability that will occur sooner rather than later. And with Marvel Studios currently charting the course in the syperhero movie genre, many assume they will be the first to try and crack the code for a superheroine film. However, unlike Warner Bros., who has Wonder Woman as their obvious first and only choice, Marvel doesn't have such a recognizable superheroine in its stable. Many fans and critics alike expect that Kevin Feige and the Marvel brain-trust will turn to Ms. Marvel aka Carol Danvers for their female superhero feature film. And with the Kree set to be introduced in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, a Ms. Marvel movie very well could spin out of those events. But from Disney's perspective, is that the most dynamic and bankable option? Like Wonder Woman, the rogues gallery for Ms. Marvel is anything but stellar - in fact, Ms. Marvel may have the weaker of the two. Another weak aspect of Ms. Marvel's history is the fact that her civilian identity is not closely tied to her powers. For example, Stark Industries is essential to the creation of the Iron Man armor. Wayne Industries is a critical component for Batman as it supplies the majority of his gadgets. Superman utilizes his role as Daily Planet reporter to determine where he is needed most. But Carol Danver's role as an Air Force pilot has very little to do with the acquisition or development of the powers she receives from Kree soldier, Mar-Vell. Her occupation could be changed or she could be a former Air-Force member turned S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in a movie but that would be a departure from her comic book origins and something hardcore fans may not be willing to overlook.
The female heroes of the MCU.
Instead of introducing a totally new character, Marvel should take a page out of their own playbook and have another Avengers-esque team up film. But not with Captain America, Iron Man and Thor but with established female heroes like Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Gamora (Zoë Saldana) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander). Black Widow, Maria Hill and Lady Siff are already fan favorites and Gamora and Agent 13 are set to make their Marvel Studios debuts in Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. A team-up approach would diffuse the enormous pressure any individual project and actress would face as it tries to carry the hopes and dreams of the geek girl nation. And make no mistake, there's going to be enormous pressure. A failure at this juncture would effectively put the female superhero movie movement in the coffin. Rather than search for an actress capable of carrying that load, wouldn't it be more sensible to go the group route? One of the aspects that Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and co. stated they enjoyed about The Avengers is that they didn't have to shoulder the load alone like they do in their respective solo films.
The Justice League episode 'Fury' depicted a rogue Amazon who launched germ warfare on the male population of Earth.
The group dynamic also opens up the villain choice. Ms. Marvel doesn't have any notable villains. Same can be said for She-Hulk, Black Widow, or Lady Sif. But as a group, the threat choice would open up to come from virtually any avenue be it of Asgard, S.H.I.E.L.D. or cosmic origin. That said, the obvious question is why would only the female superheroes assemble and not the male? There are a number of explanations possible - a virus or spell that only attacks the male half of the population, a mission to a planet that only supports lifeforms that have xx chromosomes, or a job that requires infiltration of a female only villain group. There are a number of ways a talented writer could position the film so as to require an all female superhero team to be assembled.
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There's a high chance that Marvel Studios will produce a female superhero movie and there's a real chance that the studio could choose Ms. Marvel to lead it. There's nothing wrong with that but a better route to take would be a superhero team-up film with the already established female characters like Maria Hill, Black Widow, Lady Sif and others. Marvel could even include Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) in supporting roles. A team up film would give a wider array of villain or villainess options and allow Marvel to spread out the pressure inherent with trying to make the first modern, successful female superhero film.
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