May 15, 2012

Hey, That's My Cape! – The Women-Friendly Avengers


Sometimes, all it takes is one man.
Of course The Avengers was made by many men and many women but director/writer Joss Whedon is the one getting all the praise right now, and deservedly so. The Avengers was a stupendous achievement. It did what many thought was impossible, bringing together a huge cast to successfully portray a superhero team with the type of action normally reserved for the comic pages. Record after record in the box office didn’t hurt either.
But where The Avengers really excelled in my eyes was its portrayal of women, and how the film itself wasn’t offensive to women viewers.

Read why I think so in the latest Hey, That's My Cape! at Newsarama.

2 comments:

rebelchai said...

Excellent article! Confession: I feel a bit guilty. I am a fan of Whedon, and though I expected that all characters would have their moments, as promised, I assumed Scarlett wasn't going to have any need to flex her acting chops. I assumed Black Widow's screen time was going to be brief and her overall impact negligible. Why? Because I'm a pessimist or a moron. Or a combination of the two. (You pick, but keep it to yourself). I was very excited to see The Avengers, because of Joss Whedon and Tom Hiddleston. Avengers exceeded my expectations and I couldn't be happier about that.

breve711 said...

That's a fantastic article! It's almost like you were reading my mind. I also wasn't a fan of the Black Widow in Iron Man 2. And I struggled to imagine Scarlett as an action hero. I've now changed my mind. That scene where she's cowering after her run-in with the Hulk was one of the most powerful moments in the movie for me. And I love the way she picked herself up to go and kick Hawkeye's ass. I loved this movie so much that I've seen it 3 times already. And I plan to see it at least one more time in the theatre. Joss knows how to portray strong women, and I think he did a great job here too.