Women’s Month: Superheroine Movies
Since it was a cinematic genre primarily aimed for men, action films have traditionally been led by male characters and the exploitation of their physical abilities in powerful explosions of testosterone. The 80s brought several female characters to action movies, including Ellen Ripley from Alien (1979) and Sarah Connor from Terminator (1984), but, although they were characters capable of overcoming their opponents in their respective films, the true protagonists were the monsters that chased them.
As for superhero movies, they have opened a new space for the development of characters in action movies, as their stories often explore great changes in the narrative arcs of their protagonists. When it was decided it was time for superheroine characters created long ago to finally be the protagonists of their own movies, it was also a determination to give people a deeper insight into the particular conditions of the female gender and a sonorous interest in their individual personalities. That’s why at MFC we celebrate Women’s Month with a Playlist of films about the most relevant female superheroes in contemporary cinema.
Also known as Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel was created in 1968 by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gene Colan for Marvel Comics. Her popularity is mainly due to her representation of female power, as well as her amazing abilities with which she defends the neediest throughout the universe. Her film was the first from Marvel Studios to be starred by a female hero and was released on March 8, 2019, in commemoration of International Women’s Day.
Captain Marvel is portrayed by Academy Award winner Brie Larson and is considered by many to be the most important heroine in Marvel Comics, as well as the most powerful character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can enjoy the story of Captain Marvel in these movies:
- Captain Marvel (Anna Boden y Ryan Fleck, 2019)
- Avengers: Endgame (Anthony y Joe Russo, 2019)
Mystique was created by writer Chris Claremont, famous for including socially vindictive themes in the X-MEN comics during the 70s, and artist David Cockrum. She is distinguished for her blue skin and her shape-shifting powers, which allow her to imitate the appearance and voice of anyone.
The first film version of the character was portrayed by Rebecca Romijn in X-Men (2000), X-Men 2 (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and, although at first she was one of the most important villains to the X-MEN, in the newest version of the character, played by Jennifer Lawrence, she is a member of the team and a very important figure in the fight for mutant rights. You can learn more about her new story and ideals in the following films:
- X-Men: First Class (Matthew Vaughn, 2011)
- X-Men: Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer, 2014)
- X-Men: Apocalypse (Bryan Singer, 2016)
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Simon Kinberg, 2019)
Played by Daisy Ridley, Rey is the main character in the new Star Wars trilogy as a Disney property. Her journey made her a powerful Jedi and led her to battle the galaxy’s most dangerous enemies, even taking on the legendary villain Darth Sidious in The Rise of Skywalker.
Rey’s great personality and incredible abilities have made her a memorable character for fans of the saga as well as for casual viewers, and she managed to get many new fans to be represented in the Star Wars universe.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens (J. J. Abrams, 2015)
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson, 2017)
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (J. J. Abrams, 2019)
Black Widow is the codename for Natasha Romanoff, a former Russian special agent and current member of the superhero team known as the Avengers. She was created by Stan Lee, Don Rico, and artist Don Heck, in April 1964.
In the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she is portrayed by Scarlett Johansson since the beginning of the saga, making her debut in the third film in the franchise. After a decade of being a critical part of the superhero team, Black Widow will have her own movie, which will be released in May 2020 and will be set after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Enjoy the adventures of Black Widow and the Avengers in these movies:
- Iron Man 2 (Jon Favreau, 2010)
- The Avengers (Joss Whedon, 2012)
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Anthony y Joe Russo, 2014)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon, 2015)
- Captain America: Civil War (Anthony y Joe Russo, 2016)
- Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony y Joe Russo, 2018)
- Avengers: Endgame (Anthony y Joe Russo, 2019)
- Black Widow (Cate Shortland, 2020)
Wonder Woman was created in 1941 by William Moulton Marston for DC Comics and is recognized as the most popular female superhero in comic book history. Inspired on the legendary Amazon warriors of Greek mythology, Wonder Woman has a wide range of superpowers, including super strength and super speed, as well as some fantastic gadgets, such as a lasso that forces her captor to tell the truth and even an invisible jet.
Created during World War II as a combatant against the enemies of the United States military forces, Wonder Woman soon became a symbol of female power. Her popularity grew exponentially with the portrayal of Lynda Carter in the 1975 Wonder Woman television series, and she is currently played by Gal Gadot in the DC Comics Extended Universe. The character’s new movie, titled Wonder Woman 1984, will be released in June 2020, and before its release you can enjoy the adventures of the character alongside the Justice League in these movies:
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Zack Snyder, 2016)
- Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017)
- Justice League (Zack Snyder, 2017)
- Wonder Woman 1984 (Patty Jenkins, 2020)