Will 'Captain Marvel' Suffer from the Wonder Woman Effect? Will 'Captain Marvel' Suffer from the Wonder Woman Effect?

07 Mar , 2019

CAPTAIN MARVEL: It’s. About. Time.

First things first, I’d like to give credit where credit is due. Anna Boden is the first female director ever hired by Marvel Studios. Pause here and give a round of applause for Anna.

Second, the first time a female lead appeared in the title of a film was in 2018 with Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Third, the first time we saw a female-led superhero movie was DC’s Wonder Woman in 2017.

It’s also noteworthy to acknowledge that Wonder Woman’s entire team of writers were male, where Captain Marvel is boasting a team largely comprised of women.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, I think it’s vital that we acknowledge the accomplishments and hard work that went into these movies.

That being said, I’m going to be real: I don’t think Captain Marvel will be the kickass feminist superhero movie we’ve been waiting for. And guess what?

I think that’s perfectly okay.

CAPTAIN MARVEL AND THE ENDLESS COMPARISONS TO WONDER WOMAN

Image credit goes to original artist Datrini

I don’t think I’ve heard a single comment about Captain Marvel that wasn’t almost immediately followed by, ‘but Wonder Woman’. I get it, we have TWO movies led by women in capes. Just to be clear, I loved Wonder Woman. It was amazing. While I’m not trying to claim that comparing these two movies is one of those pitting women against women’ scenarios, I do think we’re going to do Captain Marvel a huge disservice if we see it through the Wonder Woman Lens.

From what I’ve heard from people who already saw Captain Marvel, its reception will most likely be somewhere around a B+. And that’s totally fine. I know we have, like, 2.5 female-led superhero movies (I’m including Ant-Man and the Wasp here), but we have to be okay with the fact that some of these movies are going to just be okay, and some might straight up be bad. Scary, I know. But, seriously, we need to make it okay.

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This is where the Wonder Woman Lens comes into play. The fact that now we have two female-led superhero movies to is a big deal. And while I think Captain Marvel is definitely the beginning of something for the MCU, I don’t think this particular movie won’t mean much of anything if we can only see it through the Wonder Woman lense. By that I mean, if Captain Marvel has to measure up against Wonder Woman, it would have to be truly great or truly terrible to really mean anything to us. If all of our conversations about Captain Marvel are governed by Wonder Woman, we’re doing ourselves a disservice.

IT’S OKAY TO BE JUST OKAY

As I said above, from what I can see, the reviews are trickling in somewhere around a B+. I don’t want to pretend that I don’t want this movie to be great, but I’m content with it just being okay. It has to be okay that these female-driven movies are allowed to just be okay.

Think about it, how many Marvel movies have you sat through that we’re just alright? How many Hulk movies have you sat through? How many Superman? Spider-Man? Spider-Man 3 (2007) has actually become one long running joke, that’s how mediocre it was. But that hasn’t stopped us from seeing two more full reboots of Spider-Man.  

We have to be okay with the fact that this release may not be a home run, because they can’t all be great, and they haven’t all been great.

THE THING THAT MATTERS MOST

To me, what’s most important here is that this is the beginning of something. When I say it’s about time, I really mean it’s about freaking time. I don’t want to throw a parade for Captain Marvel because in reality, this should have happened already. And I don’t want Marvel to think that they’ve done something grand and amazing, and they’re done now.

Captain Marvel is an amazing stepping stone, but no matter how good or bad this movie ends up being, the work is definitely not done.

If you haven't checked it out yet, Stu and Leo got to see Captain Marvel already. Check out their review below:  

CAPTAIN MARVEL: It’s. About. Time.

First things first, I’d like to give credit where credit is due. Anna Boden is the first female director ever hired by Marvel Studios. Pause here and give a round of applause for Anna.

Second, the first time a female lead appeared in the title of a film was in 2018 with Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Third, the first time we saw a female-led superhero movie was DC’s Wonder Woman in 2017.

It’s also noteworthy to acknowledge that Wonder Woman’s entire team of writers were male, where Captain Marvel is boasting a team largely comprised of women.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, I think it’s vital that we acknowledge the accomplishments and hard work that went into these movies.

That being said, I’m going to be real: I don’t think Captain Marvel will be the kickass feminist superhero movie we’ve been waiting for. And guess what?

I think that’s perfectly okay.

CAPTAIN MARVEL AND THE ENDLESS COMPARISONS TO WONDER WOMAN

Image credit goes to original artist Datrini

I don’t think I’ve heard a single comment about Captain Marvel that wasn’t almost immediately followed by, ‘but Wonder Woman’. I get it, we have TWO movies led by women in capes. Just to be clear, I loved Wonder Woman. It was amazing. While I’m not trying to claim that comparing these two movies is one of those pitting women against women’ scenarios, I do think we’re going to do Captain Marvel a huge disservice if we see it through the Wonder Woman Lens.

From what I’ve heard from people who already saw Captain Marvel, its reception will most likely be somewhere around a B+. And that’s totally fine. I know we have, like, 2.5 female-led superhero movies (I’m including Ant-Man and the Wasp here), but we have to be okay with the fact that some of these movies are going to just be okay, and some might straight up be bad. Scary, I know. But, seriously, we need to make it okay.

Click this ad and use the code SHOP10 for 10% off ANY Funko purchase!

This is where the Wonder Woman Lens comes into play. The fact that now we have two female-led superhero movies to is a big deal. And while I think Captain Marvel is definitely the beginning of something for the MCU, I don’t think this particular movie won’t mean much of anything if we can only see it through the Wonder Woman lense. By that I mean, if Captain Marvel has to measure up against Wonder Woman, it would have to be truly great or truly terrible to really mean anything to us. If all of our conversations about Captain Marvel are governed by Wonder Woman, we’re doing ourselves a disservice.

IT’S OKAY TO BE JUST OKAY

As I said above, from what I can see, the reviews are trickling in somewhere around a B+. I don’t want to pretend that I don’t want this movie to be great, but I’m content with it just being okay. It has to be okay that these female-driven movies are allowed to just be okay.

Think about it, how many Marvel movies have you sat through that we’re just alright? How many Hulk movies have you sat through? How many Superman? Spider-Man? Spider-Man 3 (2007) has actually become one long running joke, that’s how mediocre it was. But that hasn’t stopped us from seeing two more full reboots of Spider-Man.  

We have to be okay with the fact that this release may not be a home run, because they can’t all be great, and they haven’t all been great.

THE THING THAT MATTERS MOST

To me, what’s most important here is that this is the beginning of something. When I say it’s about time, I really mean it’s about freaking time. I don’t want to throw a parade for Captain Marvel because in reality, this should have happened already. And I don’t want Marvel to think that they’ve done something grand and amazing, and they’re done now.

Captain Marvel is an amazing stepping stone, but no matter how good or bad this movie ends up being, the work is definitely not done.

If you haven't checked it out yet, Stu and Leo got to see Captain Marvel already. Check out their review below:  

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