With The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ant-Man ruling the comic book world's big screen productions through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is easy to forget that there are incredible comic book superhero stories with women leading the cast of characters to victory. While characters like Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, and Gamora all kick some serious butt in the films that have already been released, most of the attention is placed on their male counterparts. Read More
BY Alice Lawton
on Jun 24, 2015
As far as we’ve come with female superheroes in films, their portrayal continues to disappoint. Hillary Pennell and Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz at the University of Missouri conducted a study recently that shows how even the new super-empowered heroes may lower women’s self esteem.
Pennell and Behm-Morawitz showed undergraduate women scenes from two popular superhero film series, Spider-Man and X-Men. The female characters shown from Spider-Man were all victims. The female characters shown from X-Men were heroines. However, females from both series were highly sexualized. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Oct 24, 2013
We’ve all noticed the increase in “strong female characters” gracing our silver screens, and while that’s a huge step, it can’t always be called “feminist.” In interviews, Natalie Portman has expressed that although female characters are now more able to be as fast and strong as male action heroes, they often end up being “just a fantasy of a male writer. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Sep 23, 2013
For years, creators of superhero movies have shrugged off questions addressing the scarcity of women stars, echoing the sentiment, “Comic books are for boys.” But in recent films, I have noticed a shift. I was thrilled to see Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) in The Dark Knight Rises; both were complex, powerful, terrifying yet sympathetic heroines (or anti-heroines, if you prefer). Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) graced the screen and kicked some butt in The Avengers. Read More
BY Intern Ariana
on Jul 11, 2012
Scarlett Johansson has officially entered the Hollywood big leagues. Although she’s won BAFTAs and been nominated for a number of Golden Globes in the past, it looks like 2012 is really Scarlett’s year. After starring in The Avengers, the third biggest box office hit ever, she’s set up for a huge payday.
Disney and Marvel studios are reportedly offering the 27 year-old actress $20 million to reprise her role as super-spy Black Widow for The Avengers 2. Read More