Infinity War is days away and it seems like most of humanity is on the edge of their seat in anticipation for Thanos’ opening lob across the Avengers bow. While Thor, Hulk, Captain America and the gang will obviously take most of the spotlight (and the beatdown) during Thanos’ invasion, the ladies of the MCU shouldn’t be relegated to the background any longer.
Go back and watch Avengers or its sequel Age of Ultron, and you might actually be shocked at how little Black Widow has to do in these films. Apart from the cringe inducing “hulk taming” moment in AoU, Black Widow mostly serves as background action, occasionally beating on faceless minions or helping one of the other heroes do the same.
Even worse, for my money, is that except for a very brief fight with Bucky in Captain America: Winter Soldier, and serving as bait for Loki at the end of Avengers, Black Widow has never faced the big bad in any of the MCU films.
Now that Thanos has his sights on the Avengers crew, I’m not hopeful we’ll see any Widow-on-Thanos action either, what with his world shattering powers and all. Here’s hoping we finally get some info on that Black Widow solo movie soon.
One of the Avengers who could take on Thanos though, and one who has been subject to the most “nerfing” of her powers is Scarlet Witch. Nerfing – or limiting of one’s power – is common in the MCU, with both Thor and Hulk being vastly underpowered compared to their comic book counterparts.
The problem with that though is that both the Asgardian god and the incredible green giant powers were both on beautiful display in Thor: Ragnarok, where as we have yet to see Wanda Maximoff’s full potential on screen.
In the comics universe, Scarlet Witch is one of if not the most powerful mutant with notable accolades including killing the Avengers, warping entire realities, and single-handedly de-powering 98% of the mutant population. Her movie counterpart does get some cool mind warping spells in during Age of Ultron, but she spends most of her time helping her teammates – and accidentally blowing up an office building – in Civil War which feels like a step backward.
Of course, Marvel has made progress since phase one, slowly expanding the lineup of women heroes that will culminate with the MCU’s first female-led movie in Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson. And with Black Panther too, where Shuri, Nakia and Okoye are sure to play a big role in affairs when Thano’s Black Order attacks.
That doesn’t mean the other heroines are resting on their laurels though, and are even pushing MCU boss Kevin Feige for a much anticipated all-female Avengers team, and to his credit he agreed, telling i09:
“It was a pretty amazing moment to be somewhere and have your shoulder get tapped and turn around every female hero we have is standing there going, ‘How about it?’” Feige replied. “And I said, ‘Yes.’”
With such a commitment to diversity and bringing that all-female team to life (maybe under the A-force banner) the future does indeed look bright, it just needs to start happening. And soon.
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