We live in an amazing time. As recently as a decade ago, comic books were usually met with ridicule and judgment. But now, given the popularization of the medium, along with the popularization of the characters in said medium, we’re seeing more geeks now than ever before. More importantly, we’re starting to see that these characters have always meant a lot to people outside of the usual white male demographic. They’ve meant a lot to non-white boys growing up, and they’ve also meant a lot to a good number of girls growing up (surprise!).
As of right now, things are getting better, but there is a definite imbalance in the number of women represented in comic books, and even less in comic book movies. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been around for some time now, and as beloved as they are, they haven’t really had a good number of women in the franchise. As of right now, there’s Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, and that’s about it — at least on the film front.
Actress Brie Larson will soon be joining this short list of women when she dons the spandex of Captain Marvel. When talking with Space Channel while promoting her latest film Free Fire, Larson talked about the truly exciting part of taking on the mantle of Captain Marvel:
â€œThe thing thatâ€™s been the most exciting now is on social media I get sent a lot of pictures of young girls in the Captain Marvel costume and Iâ€™m excited to see more of that. Sheâ€™s such a great symbol for young girls, and realizing what a deficit we have, that we donâ€™t have more of those. I think itâ€™s really cool to see a girl in a Batman costume or a Spider-Man costume, but Iâ€™m really excited that thereâ€™s a symbol of women. I think thatâ€™s really important.â€
As great as it is to see the standard superheroes chew up scenery on the big screen, there is something to be said for having someone that truly represents you on the big screen. Girls have been underrepresented in these films for a long time, so it’ll be great to see that imbalance get corrected over time.
What do you think of Larson’s statement? Do you think the current representation of women is a problem? Let us know in the comments down below!
SOURCE: Space Channel