News has finally broke that the Scarlet Witch and her brother, Quicksilver will be joining the cast of The Avengers 2. As much as I am excited about this, I am also taking it with a grain of salt. Yes, there is another female character being added but, this new lady presence is being canceled out by the addition of her brother.
This is why adding Ms Marvel might have been a better alternative. She is a stand alone character with her own story arc, unlike the Wasp and Ant Man who were also Avenger hopefuls. There are so few female characters that don’t have a male counterparts, and those that exist are very minor characters. She-Hulk, Spiderwoman and The Invisible Woman are all household names, but require the appropriate male characters to even exist.
As recently as 2012, Ms Marvel was redesigned and renamed, Captain Marvel, giving Joss Whedon and his team excellent source material (I highly recommend reading it).
With each member of the Avenger team having their own stand alone movie franchise, female comic book characters have been unable to shine on the big screen. As kick ass as the Black Widow was in the Avengers, she certainly wasn’t what I would consider one of the main characters, but secondary at best. She was also quickly paired off with Hawkeye. As I have said before, I am a sucker for romance and it certainly has its place in a lot of really great films. However, right now, the Black Widow is the only female comic book character being depicted in a major motion picture (I consider X-Men a different breed of characters who mesh into one identity) and yet she is following the stereotype set up by Hollywood by getting cozy with her fellow SHIELD agent, as if it were impossible to have men and women just be friends.
There has yet to be a worthwhile movie that stars a female comic book character. Catwoman, you should know, didn’t actually happen. It was so bad the universe swallowed it up….or so it should. Elektra was somewhat descent but also involved Jennifer Garner strutting around half nekked.
This summer alone, Ironman, Wolverine and Superman are all getting a new movie, some sequels and some reboots. But what of all the great female characters that haven’t even been show cased in ONE film.
Perhaps this new trend of “nerd” films will continue long enough to merge with this new phenomenon of female buddy comedies. A movie version of Birds of Prey could be very interesting, or even a Storm origin story. Or maybe even a Catwoman that won’t cause one to want to rip their eyeballs out through their sinuses…