There have been strong women in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the beginning. But there is a difference between portraying or highlighting strong or strong-willed women in your films and having a really strong female character. Because Marvel’s really lacked the latter.
It was not until recently that his more female characters became better written and more intense. And when that started happening, some fans began to notice that they also had one thing in common: They totally wavered on the side of the “good”. [Spoiler for Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and all current Disney+ shows]
Too many female characters are the driving force at Marvel right now step 4 . In
captain marvel It was a big deal because it was the first female superhero film in the MCU. But it took a full decade of male-fronted films in the MCU before that happened. Still, a lot of the women in the MCU (Carol Denver included) weren’t complicated. It could be argued that men weren’t there until a ton of time was spent on them, like Tony Stark, who actually had decent character progression and redemption arc. But at least other men were leading solo films.
Fast forward to Step 4, and that’s starting to change. was the first title out of the gate wandavision, which was not only about and starring a woman, but about her trauma and how she dealt with it (or didn’t). It was about a woman who constantly loses people in her life, so much so that she accidentally takes an entire city hostage in her misery. It’s a TV show, so it gave the audience a lot of time to sit down with the character and develop it.
And it doesn’t stop there.
there is sylvie bottle gourd, who is the “bad guy” at first, but his intentions seem valid near the end of the season. Next is Yelena Belova Kali Mai And even Natasha herself, who fans have known for years but achieved so much story in one film. Yelena and Natasha also have difficulties that shape them and drive them to move forward, whether they are good or bad.
One fan theory suggested that these intensely female characters were set up as “villains”.
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among those women, and the most recent pairing of Katy and Xu Xialing Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsNot only are more women being added to Marvel movies and shows, but they are in bigger roles. They are also more complex.
With that being said, a TIC Toc Many of these pointed to an interesting pattern among women.
“POV: You’re watching all the new content from Marvel Phase 4 when you realize…” the user wrote in his video. “The all-female characters with intense and complicated backstories and trauma are going to be villains.”
They have a bit of a point, and it’s more of an observation than a theory. The residents of Westview see Wanda Maximoff as the culprit for taking hostage. Sylvie was misunderstood, yet Loki was able to dig into his motives. It wasn’t until her entire livelihood and mission were threatened that she realized she was wrong before committing her murderous act.
In Falcon and the Winter SoldierIn , Carly Morgenthau leads a violent group but it started with good cause against a system that doesn’t care for refugees. There is some nervousness on her part, but she still does terrible things for her cause. And shang chiKa Xialing is very clearly introducing another Ten Rings that includes some former widows.
These women are morally gray instead of plain bad
However, all these women are set up in such a way that the audience gets attached to them. Or at least see their side of things further, if they were a mustache-twisting villain in a lair somewhere. Their traumas, grief and backstories are all on display and even in film form, the writing does a good job of hashing out why they are the way they are. Again, they are purely dimensional characters.
Even looking at Sharon Carter, that’s definitely more devious as a power broker: She was screwed not only by those in power but by the former Avengers themselves, right? Because he doesn’t have superpowers and because he was never forgiven, even when he was blipped back, he had to run back and find a way to make his money, no matter how immoral .
But with all these complicated women comes a complicated question: Do we root for them?
Now, this is not to say that certain things fix bad deeds. But watching all their stories definitely gives the audience a chance to understand what they are going to do. And if that TikTok’s comment section is any indication, “Should we root for them?” Answer to. The question is, “If you do this please.”
Xue Xialing was deprived of combat training all his life and has now inherited his father’s premises and possessions. She is currently training several women including some former widows. It’s understandable that some people want him to be somewhat successful.
And along with Wanda, he is seen by the townspeople of Westview as more of a criminal, as opposed to actually being one. She never did anything intentionally (yet) and was deeply remorseful. However, his pain, anguish and grief are leading him to find his children. Who knows what he might do to her later. However, if she becomes the Big Bad Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, she will also bring a large number of fans with her.
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