Marvel To Include More Female Representation In Upcoming Films.

Marvel To Include More Female Representation In Upcoming Films.

Marvel Studios progresses from their lack of female representation to releasing female driven films

Oct. 8, 2015, Marvel Studios announced the sequel to the 2015 film “Ant-Man.” “Ant-Man and the Wasp” will be the first Marvel film named after its heroine. In the words of Hope van Dyne, the Wasp, “it’s about damn time.”

While Marvel has strong female characters such as Pepper Potts and Wanda Maximoff, Marvel has yet to release a film with a female title character.

Since 2008, Marvel Studios has released 12 movies, nine of which the title characters were male and two of which The Smurfette Principle comes into play.

According to, the Smurfette Principle is when a cast is made up of all male characters aside from one female. In “Marvel’s the Avengers,” the Avengers are composed of five men and one woman, Black Widow, and in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the team is composed of four men and the female character Gamora.

The Smurfette Principle applies to films outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as seen in films like “Star Trek” and “Star Wars: A New Hope.” As demonstrated by The Smurfette Principle, Hollywood’s representation of women is lacking.

“[In 2014,]” Dr. Martha M. Lauzen reports, “females accounted for 29 percent of major characters, and 30 percent of all speaking characters.” Even though women compromise 52 percent of filmgoers, representation of the majority of audience members is embarrassingly low.

With a majority of filmgoers going under represented, fans of film franchises like Marvel haven't stayed silent on the matter. This June, in response to Black Widow’s depiction in “Avenger’s Age of Ultron” and her exclusion from merchandise, fan Kristen Riley launched the international flashmob campaign #wewantwidow.

Despite being in four of the 12 released Marvel films, Black Widow has yet to star in her own film, unlike her teammates Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and Thor. In the case of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, they have had three solo films each while Black Widow has had none.

Black Widow has also been left out in merchandise. Going through Target, my friends and I failed to find an action figure of the popular spy, but there were plenty of Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor. There was more merchandise for "Avengers: Age of Ultron's" villain than there was for the female hero.

Mother Amber Greenawalt noticed the lack of Black Widow merchandise and tweeted the following photo depicting her two girl holding an Avenger's action figure set excluding the female Avenger.

“Executives empowered with making decisions probably don’t care about our desires – as fans or as females,” flash mob organizer Jennifer K Stuller says. “It’s shocking that they don’t seem to care about our dollars…Our dollars should be their incentive, and perhaps some visualization of that potential for them… should speak to them in a way that accomplishes something beneficial.”

On the comic end of the Marvel universe, it appears executives have heard fans' pleas. “If you go to conventions and comic book stores, more and more female readers are emerging,” Marvel’s editor-in-chief Axel Alonso says. “They are starved for content and looking for content they can relate to.”

In July 2014, a woman took over the popular role of Thor. In Feb. 2015, Marvel announced the release of "A-Force," a team of only female superheroes. Silk, Spider-Woman, Spider Gwen, Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel and Scarlet Witch are some female characters that will have their own comics post Marvel's secret wars.

Even on the television spectrum, Marvel has started to include more female leads. Last year, “Agent Carter” premiered and focused on SSR agent Peggy Carter. “Agent Carter” received high reviews: 97 percentfresh on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.2 out of 10 on IMDB.

This fall, Marvel continues its inclusion of female leads with "Marvel's Jessica Jones," a show centered on former heroine turned detective Jessica Jones.

"While there is no question that Hollywood has a long way to go in removing the many [female] stereotypes," The New York Film Academy reports, "the recent blockbuster successes of female-led films… [does] offer hope that more Hollywood films will showcase women in more active, less sexualized roles.”

In the case of Marvel, the film studio is taking steps to representing its female audience more with "Ant-Man and the Wasp" and the upcoming 2019 film "Captain Marvel," Marvel's first solo female lead film.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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Forget Halloween Costumes And Trick Or Treating, Inktober Has My Full Attention This Year

Inktober dares artists to push some time for themselves to draw at least one drawing each day in their October schedules.


Besides waiting for October to celebrate Halloween, artists look forward to something else in October, which is Inktober.

Inktober means artists can draw things each day according to the month of October, under the requirement that they must be drawn in ink. Often times, many people will think it is a waste of time to draw during the month of October, but it's not for artists. Other than putting up costumes and preparing Halloween decorations, artists can try out ink for the first time if they have not done so already during this time of the year when drawing. Also, for ink, artists do not have to use expensive or any fancy ink at all, it can just be simply drawing with pens that have ink. And of course, artists need to draw on a paper to do Inktober as well.

In addition, this does not only challenge artists in drawing in ink but also their consistency and time management. Inktober is more fun if you actually do create one ink drawing each day in October. However, many people who are so busy with their lives, have the tendency of not able to have time to draw. Therefore, Inktober dares artists to push some time for themselves to draw at least one drawing each day in their October schedules.

Besides challenging artists for time management and consistency, it is also a time for artists to see and view other artists' Inktober drawings. This is also the best part. Artists will then can see many unique and beautiful Inktober drawings posted on social media such as Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram. Then, all the inspiration will be overflowing within the artists during the month of October. This is the perfect time to do Inktober because this October is a big hype for many Halloween festivities and film anniversaries. Artists will then be in touch with their creativity and imagination this October.

Furthermore, this year is the first time that I have tried Inktober, which is great to do in an hour or so. Although I was cluttered with lots of work and homework, I decided to take a little time off from them and give myself some time to draw a little to celebrate October. It is a perfect way to cope with stress. As I was drawing for Inktober, I already forgot what I was stressing about. Then, I was amazed by what I could draw with ink. After, when I am done with an Inktober, I will have the confidence to finish up my homework. Other than that, you will also be amazed by how your Inktober drawing turns out at the end and the reaction you will get after seeing the finished product of your Inktober drawing.

It's another fun activity that I insist artists should do this October because it's another way for artists to express themselves through drawing. I also encourage artists to hurry to do some of the Inktober because it only lasts only in October, which means one month. Overall, I am excited to see what kind of Inktober drawings there'll be for this year!

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