“Captain Marvel” inspires more female superheroes

By Bianca Ruiz

Actress Brie Larson, known for her roles in “Room” and “Kong: Skull Island,” is set to portray Marvel Studios’ newest heroine in her own film “Captain Marvel.” The Academy Award winning actress will be Marvel Studios’ first film to contain a female lead, a huge milestone for the 26-year old company that has previously been male-dominated.

Many fans are delighted that Marvel will finally produce a film with a strong female lead, but many have also questioned why it took so long. While there is only speculation, many claim that Marvel saw the popularity that their rival DC Comics gained when they produced “Wonder Woman” in 2017, and wanted to follow suit.

Whether or not their motivations were simply competitive or part of a longer plan, the film “Captain Marvel” is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2019.

It was hinted in “Avengers: Infinity War” that Captain Marvel would be the determining factor in bringing down Thanos. By making Captain Marvel both female and one of the most powerful superheroes in the Marvel franchise, this film is providing a new heroine for younger girls to look up to. Her anticipated savior role in the next Avengers film is refreshing in that it helps to break down the stereotype that comics are a boys only club.

In the Captain Marvel origin stories, U.S. Air Force officer Carol Danvers fought alongside an alien soldier named Mar-Vell. In an explosion, Danvers’ DNA was mixed with Mar-Vell’s, and she became Ms. Marvel, a superhero endowed with superhuman strength, speed, and endurance as well as energy projection and absorption and the ability to fly.

By including the title “Ms.”, which doesn’t point out marital status or age for women and was the 70s equivalent of pronoun cultural awareness today, it was revolutionary for many comics.

Despite opportunities for feminism and paving the way for more leading female superheroes, Ms. Marvel had a short run that lasted only from the 1970’s to the 1980’s. She was written off temporarily until the mid-2000’s, when “Ms.” became “Captain” and she was given an entirely new suit, also seen in the upcoming film’s trailer.

Very rarely in the Armed Forces do women manage to make their way up to the rank of  Captain; by changing her title, this gives many young women someone to look up to while also breaking the glass ceiling.

“Captain Marvel” will be 2019’s first major action blockbuster, causing the anticipation to grow high and for many fans to be excited to see how Marvel Studios will fit her storyline into the Avengers series.

The film is set to release on March 8, and many are excited to see how the film will integrate this new female character in “Avengers: Endgame.”

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