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The Marvel Cinematic Universe Doesn’t Know How To Treat Female Characters

I have been a huge fan of super heroes for a very, very long time. My love for them started in middle school when I went to the theater and saw Captain America: The First Avenger. Now Super Heroes seem to be more popular than ever with all the movies, Netlifx shows, and even more comics being released. There’s also a huge war between the Marvel fandom and the DC fandom about which company is better. I love a lot of DC characters and Movies, but I have always preferred Marvel. As much as I love Marvel, I’ll be the first to admit that they do have many things wrong with their characters, story lines and movies in general, but the thing that has always bothered me the most, is their inability to do their female characters justice in their movies.

Yesterday Marvel released a trailer for Guardians Of The Galaxy: Volume 2. Of course, I was incredibly ecstatic to see it, but it reminded me of the of the terrible characterization we were handed in the first Guardian Of The Galaxy movie. I’m more of a Storm, Black Widow, and Captain Marvel gal, so I had one of my Twitter friends, Laura, who loves Gamora, give me some information on how Marvel completely disregarded her character and changed her into someone else.

In the comics, Gamora is a woman who doesn’t let anyone tell her what she can or can’t do. She’s strong, hardcore, and fearless. She’s sarcastic, and sometimes just flat out rude. She has even been named the deadliest woman in the universe. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe she was portrayed as a woman who needed to be saved. Marvel really likes to do that with their female characters.

In the first movie, Drax called Gamora a whore multiple times, but in the comics they’re actually very good friends. Gamora is one of the most important members of the team, even though this is just a teaser trailer, we only see her stabbing a big monster, not does she get to speak. At the end of this trailer, Mantis reveals the fact that Star Lord feels sexual love for her, being the hardcore woman Gamora is in the comics, she probably would’ve punched him for saying something like that to her, yet in the trailer, she doesn’t even react. Why must Star Lord and Gamora have a romantic ploy line in the movie anyhow? In the comics they never dated, they were just best friends. Just like in Age Of Ultron there was a romantic subplot between Bruce and Natasha, which was not justified or needed at all. Why do all these women have to have love interests, Marvel?

All of the Marvel women are amazing and fascinating enough. So, why does Marvel continue to change their characters for the movies? Stop giving them love interests when they don’t need it. Stop making them out to be women who need to be saved, and don’t change their characters for the movies. Let them be strong, hardcore women!

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Gracie Miller
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18 year old gal who likes spending her time being a feminist killjoy, drinking tea, binge watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix, and reading books!

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