This past weekend, I finally saw Captain Marvel. One word:
As many of you probably know, this was the first movie of the Marvel film franchise with a female lead. The movie itself had everything a feminist could want: a strong - physically and mentally- female lead with depth, character., and, best of all, she was held up by no man.
Of course, one or two movies among the plethora of male-dominated superhero films is not the goal. The goal is much more. Here are six diverse superheroes who need to grace our screens next.
Katana is a Japanese master swordswoman whose blade, the Soultaker, contains the soul of her dead husband. The Soultaker sword collects the spirit of every person it kills, allowing a certain amount of communication between their ghosts and the person who wields the blade. Often appearing as a member of superhero teams like the Birds of Prey or the black-ops squad Outsiders, Katana received her big-screen debut in Suicide Squad, but still: An Asian, female, superhero? If DC knows what’s good for them, they’ll think about making Katana’s fascinating backstory into a film of its own.
2. She-Hulk (Marvel)
Why isn’t there an origin story film about She-Hulk? Seriously, she’d be perfect for it. She-Hulk is a fun character with a unique role in Marvel comics: lawyer to the superhero community. She shares her cousin Bruce Banner’s Hulk powers, but unlike him, she retains her original personality after hulking out. Her power manifests as super strength, green skin, and a confident personality, and her legal career fills an interesting niche in a universe where many heroes “solve” their problems with physical fights.
3. Nubia (DC)
Everyone knows of Wonder Woman, but a little known fact is that she had a twin named Nubia. Just like Diana, Nubia was molded out of clay, created to be the heroine's black sister. However, Nubia was kidnapped and raised by Mars, who controlled her mind and trained her to be an evil warrior. She and Wonder Woman go head-to-head in one issue, only to realize they're evenly matched. DC? We have your next movie! A sequel to Wonder Woman featuring her twin? A WoC as the lead, to boot? Yes, please!
4. Batgirl/Oracle (DC)
Barbara Gordon, Batgirl, changed her callsign to Oracle after the Joker infamously broke her spine in The Killing Joke. It’s a dark and controversial moment in Batman canon, but it led to a unique recovery arc for Barbara, as she forged a new role for herself as the information center of Batman’s team. As one of the only superheroes in a wheelchair, a film on the creation of the Oracle - without some false recovery invalidating people with disabilities - is well overdue.
5. Storm Ororo Munroe
Storm, is the child of a tribal princess of Kenya and an American photojournalist, David Munroe. Storm is able to control the weather and atmosphere. She’s one of the most powerful mutants on the planet and some think she’s a goddess. She’s one of the few African American superheroes and deserves to be in her own film on the big screen - and come on, you have to admit, Storm is a great name for a film.
6. Faith (Valiant)
First appearing in Valiant’s superhero comic Harbinger in 1992, Faith returned as a solo hero in 2016. Her superpowers (flight, force fields) are pretty typical, but what she’s most known for is her relatability. In a genre that often caters to a target audience of nerd boys, Faith is very much a nerd girl and is actually into fandom. She’s also the only plus-size superhero with any real name recognition, providing much-needed representation in a genre dominated by restrictive beauty standards.
Some of these you may have heard of for the first time here, but I hope these are the first of many. So what can you do to promote these heroines having their own films? Go to social media. Tweet your favorite celebrities, producers, and writers. Who knows? Maybe somebody will see it and make one of these badass women into the next big blockbuster film.
By Morgan Gjoen.
I’ve always considered myself a feminist, and I think I’ve been able to identify as such because my mom has set such a strong example for what it means to be a woman smashing societal standards. But, as times change, so do social norms, and the actions that were ground-breaking in my mother’s day are often considered more ordinary now.
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At my high school’s college signing day, they made a point of mentioning who was the first in their family to graduate from high school or the first in their family to go to college. Everyone clapped and cheered and the adults in the room seemed particularly impressed, but I don’t think any of us really understood the weight of what we were experiencing or about to transition into.
Through messages I’d received through books, and through the messages I’d received from people around me my whole life, I’d been told that relationships have a playbook that they start and develop by, and had either desperately misconstrued these messages or taken the really damaging ones to heart.
In my hand was a boarding pass for a flight to Madrid, the first stop on a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient route that has attracted religious and secular travelers for centuries. Aside from the aforementioned backpack and shoes, I was diving way outside of my comfort zone without as much as a clear idea of where exactly in Spain the journey would take me.
I stood, my tummy jutting out in my Speedo two-piece, and stared at my reflection in the mirror, zeroed in on one thing: a huge pimple right between my eyebrows. Big and red and painful. I squeezed the ever-loving shit out of that thing, but to no avail: I had only angered the beast.
In one particularly inappropriate and hilarious scene, the word “clitoris” is repeatedly shouted. My friends and I are baffled. What is that? It’s still considered “cool” to know bad words, which we assume it must be. “I dare you to ask our health teacher,” my friend says.
I just asked him if he knew about the mermaids. Specifically, the mermaid in Irish poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill’s “Mermaid in the Hospital,” a mermaid who wakes up to find her tail gone, replaced with “two long, cold thingammies.” . She doesn’t understand her new, working legs because they are not her: “But here's the thing/she still doesn't get— ... How she was connected/to those two thingammies/and how they were connected/to her.”