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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Christian Boys Vs. Godly Men

It is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

Ladies, there is a huge difference between a Christian boy and a Godly man; therefore, it is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

So many times I hear girls saying:

“Well, he’s a Christian.”

“He goes to church with me.”

“He listens to Christian music.”

“He went to church camp.”

“He has a favorite bible verse.”

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Well, all of those things are just peachy and there is nothing wrong with doing those things. I mean, they’re all good things to do. But how is his personal relationship with God? How is his prayer life? Does he talk about his relationship with God, with you? Is he truly a follower of the one true God in all aspects of his life? These are some of the characteristics you should be looking for that makes a Godly man.

Ladies, a man will love you great when he loves God greater.

A Godly man will pursue an honest relationship with you. He will be clear of his intentions. A Godly man will worship, pray and passionately praise God with you. Whereas, a Christian boy might open the door for you, a Godly man will open his bible and explore God’s word with you so that you both may grow spiritually, together. While a Christian boy may put on an outward show, a Godly man will live out the love of Jesus daily.

So ladies, are you catching on to this ongoing trend? A Godly man does more because you deserve more.

A Godly man will be a leader. Trust me, I know that in today’s society Godly men are few and far between while Christian boys come in plenty. But you deserve a man who is after God’s heart not just a boy who goes to church. And I know that this Christian boy may seem great and have some really stellar qualities at the time but money and looks fade, whereas, an ongoing love for our savior will not.

The greatest thing a man can do for a woman is to lead her closer to God than himself. (Yes, yes, yes).

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So I beg of you, do not settle. Do not settle just because you’re tired of being single, it’s convenient or because you want the relationship your friend has. Single does not equal available and a relationship status does not define you. God uses your season of singleness to prepare you for what is to come. And if you’re dating a Christian boy, he needs to step it up or you need to move on. Wait for a Godly man who is ready to lead you. God’s timing is always better, always. No matter the circumstance. So, do not rush God. (I mean, He is, after all, pretty good at His job). Therefore, turn your full focus to Him and He will direct your path.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

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