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The Female Perspective: It’s About Dang Time!

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I’ve made no secret of my annoyance and frustration that it seems to take forever for companies like Marvel and DC Comics to come out with female-centered superhero movies, or more accurately, the fact that they don’t have any right now.

In fact, I’ve written about Wonder Woman many times now, along with Black Widow and others that are not in the comic world. The lack of merchandise is also a problem, but ladies and gents, all that is changing because of one biggish announcement by Kevin Feige recently.

The fact is, our society is changing, women are taking up the comic book action hero mantle and other woman, i.e. ME, want to see those women kick butt in their own movies, not as a sidekick to a bunch of dudes.

Black Widow is ready for her own movie...
Black Widow is ready for her own movie…

It is a happy day when you see the seeds of your wishing coming to fruition. With the Wonder Woman movie on its way to theaters soon (woohoo!), it was awesome to hear Kevin Feige say recently that they are fully committed to a standalone Black Widow movie!

“We’ve announced the next nine movies, ten counting Civil War, through the end of 2019. Where we go beyond that are ongoing discussions that we’ll focus on in the next few years because we have a lot to do before then. Of the characters that you’ve just mentioned I would say certainly the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow.” –Den of Geek

Sure, that means we’ll still have to wait a few years to see Black Widow kick ass all on her own on screen, but the very fact that Marvel has realized she should have her own movie is a huge win for fans everywhere and it’s clear that it’s what fans actually want.

In fact, a recent poll amongst Captain America: Civil War advance ticketholders asking which Avenger should get a solo film saw Black Widow with a dominant 48 percent victory out of the six choices. –Den of Geek

48 percent is a pretty good number! I for one am tickled red and black that Black Widow is finally going to get her own film. For a bunch of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that she’s a really cool female character. There’s a lot of cool female characters in both the DC and Marvel universes so there is literally no real end to the amount of movies they could make telling their stories, but the fact is, since her debut in Iron Man 2, Scarlett Johansson has been doing an absolutely amazing job portraying a complex female character surrounded by and constantly fighting alongside her male counterparts. She is no less powerful in Captain America: Civil War where she attempts to be diplomatic when torn between two of her respected and loved friends, Iron Man and Captain America. In fact, Black Widow is at her best in Civil War because she is troubled by having to “pick a side” in the argument, when essentially all she wants is her friends to get along and do what’s right for the world they protect. In Civil War things are not that easy though, and Natasha finds herself battling her own sense of what is wrong and right and ultimately doing what she think’s is best, even if it’s going against her own “team”.

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Also, after seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron, I was most certainly interested in hearing more of the story of Black Widow. We were given a small taste, ala Scarlett Witches powers, of what Natasha’s life had been like as she trained (and became brainwashed) to become the super bad ass spy/assassin/superhero she is today. Not only that, but we were teased with some more of what the training was like for Black Widow’s on the TV show Agent Carter when we got to see what “life” was like for Dottie Greenwood (spoiler alert: it’s bad to be trained as  a Black Widow spy). The fact is, there is a rich, complicated and brutal backstory to tell when it comes to Natasha and her other women spy comrades, one that deserves to be told on screen.

Wonder Woman may have her movie out first, but I have no doubt Black Widow's film will be kick-ass.
Wonder Woman may have her movie out first, but I have no doubt Black Widow’s film will be kick-ass.

Not to mention, it’s about dang time that a woman superhero gets her own movie. Yes, I’m greedy for it, we have seen men ruling over the superhero franchises forever now, I mean, for pete’s sake, Batman gets a new movie every couple of years, but only after decades do we finally get to see Wonder Woman up on the big screen, fighting toe-to-toe with the guys in some of the best scenes of Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice. Seeing WW up there got me all sorts of jazzed up for her movie and I am very excited and hopeful that she will be the start of some really awesome female-led superhero films.

It’s time folks. It’s way past time.

How do you feel about Black Widow? Do you think she’s ready for a standalone film? Why or why not? Share in the comments!

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 10/7/2015

Welcome back for another piece from the Crank File. It’s the first week of October and that can only mean one thing, it’s Monster Week ladies and gentlemen. So we’ll dispense with the pleasantries and get right down to business.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

 

The Top of the Pile: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #50 IDW

 

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The epic conclusion to over four-years worth of storylines! The Turtles stand against Shredder for one final battle that will determine the fate of NYC, and the world, for years to come. Co-creator Kevin Eastman’s current Turtles run at IDW has reinvigorated the series and will surely go down as a classic. Turtle power!

 

 

The Mainstream One: Secret Wars #6 Marvel

 

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THE FINAL WAR! Secret Wars finally arrives and I’m a little concerned about how the final 3 issues will play out. The conclusion to Secret Wars kept getting delayed month after month and Marvel couldn’t delay launching their All-New, All-Different Universe. Will the ending to Secret Wars be altered in order to coordinate with Marvel’s company-wide reboot? With how strong the first five issues have been, it would be disappointing if compromises were made with the storytelling for the sake of scheduling. Six variant covers to choose from here but why eat hamburger when you can have steak. Alex Ross is the man!

 

 

The Indie One: Space Riders #4 Black Mask

 

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The most insane comic in the universe returns. This series was solicited as a four issues mini-series and there hasn’t been any news about a second series, so this could be the end. I sure hope not, Space Riders absolutely hooked me with its psychedelic art, sci-fi stylings and general badassery.  The Space Riders have fought space Vikings, survived a vortex of madness, were captured by robot armies, and bore witness to the mind melting majesty of the space gods. Now they must battle new and old enemies united against them. Buckle in for the insane conclusion of “This Vengeful Universe!”

 

 

The #1 One(s): Paper Girls, Batman and Robin Eternal, Amazing Spiderman, Contest of Champions, Doctor Strange, Invincible Iron Man, Jughead

 

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It’s not called Monster Week for nothing. And each one of those Marvel #1’s will have 10-20 variant covers. Thank you Paper Girls for having the decency to release with just one cover. With so many essential #1 issues coming out from Marvel, I wish they had released their Star Wars books, Star Wars #10 and Lando #5, last week when there wasn’t much besides Sandman and DC annuals on the racks. Oh yeah, and there’s an Avengers #0 preview out as well. Dammit Marvel, just shut up and take my money.

 

 

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Detective Comics #45 Monster Variant

 

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This terrifying Bat-ghoul cover brought to you by the brilliant Bill Sienkiewicz. This man’s covers are pee-your-pants scary.

 

Carpe Comics!