The big UK Kapow Comic show is being held this weekend. The show has been called out for the paucity of female creators and is pretty much a sausage fest (or is bangers fest because it is the UK?).
Joe Quesada of Marvel was there, however, and Ain’t it Cool News was as well. And here’s…
I’m not a big Marvel reader, so I couldn’t say for certain who would exactly lead in a role, character-wise. I mean, there’s Captain Marvel/Ms. Marvel Carol Danvers, there’s She-Hulk (I’d love to see this, actually), Black Widow has proven herself capable in Avengers (without falling into too many trappings of the typical comic female team member) — you could probably also carry a movie with just one of the X-Men, with Storm being my personal vote, though X-23 could make for a good brooding action film. Elektra could do with another chance, too.
As for people who could play these roles, what about Michelle Rodriguez? She’s badass, she’s constantly in more actiony roles, and refuses to be put into a “princess” role — her statement, not mine. Then there’s Zoe Saldana, who was already in a movie with a comic imprint (The Losers, from Vertigo) and in Colombiana (where she was positioned in the lead in an action movie). Gina Carano has already shown that not only can women lead in roles, they can do most of their own stunts — and can be professional athletes outside of Hollywood. Chloe Grace Moretz has already played a super-hero, Hit Girl, from Kick-Ass (a Marvel imprint, no less!). Saoirse Ronan, from Hannah, Jennifer Lawrence from Hunger Games AND From X-Men: First Class…
It’s silly to think that there are no big-name women who could play these roles. They’re already playing them. And sometimes, they’re even doing comic movies.
That really makes me wonder. I mean, yeah, I had to think about it at first, like, which female actors have already been proving themselves in action roles that Marvel would be creating? Not even going into the argument of, “the actors are out there, you just need to create the role and see who shows up at the audition,” because that’s not what Quesada’s point was. His point was there were no characters or actresses out there RIGHT NOW who could pull their own weight. Which is ridiculous.
Fuck, Hellen Mirren was in RED.
I don’t know who all else he wants.