Established, female, standalone Marvel characters

by Sonny Bunch on July 3, 2012

Can you think of many? I ask in response to this:

It’s telling that we live in a world where Marvel will dig into the weirdness of its back catalogue before making a movie or a television series about one of its recognizable, established female heroes…

I mean, I’m on record as thinking the Guardians of the Galaxy movie is kind of a weird move for Marvel, but whatever. They seem to have this thing pretty well figured out, all in all. It’ll probably make $500M and set up an Avengers sequel that will gross another billion worldwide.

But let’s say that Marvel did want to get super-PC for diversity’s sake. Which “recognizable, established female heroes” could they really rely on? I mean, there are a ton of female, super-powered heroes and villains in the X-Men flicks, but apparently they don’t count. Ditto for Sue Storm in the Fantastic Four movies, I guess. And, well, Elektra in the, um, Elektra movie. She-Hulk? That’s certainly doable, though, given the character’s pedigree and the fact that her best run came in pseudo-comedy, meta bits under John Byrne, it’s probably better as an action-comedy than an action-adventure type flick. And hey, it’s not like she was a particularly great-selling character or anything and sure, female-led superhero comedies don’t have the best track record, box office-wise,* but okay, there’s one avenue to run down.

So there’s She-Hulk and……



Maybe Marvel could try and force a Cloak and Dagger movie on us? Black Cat? Um, Dazzler? That sounds dreadful. Does Marvel own Lady Death now? I imagine that’d be way too sexist, though. Ms. Marvel could work, if you wanted a homeless man’s version of Superman.

You know what I would actually-kinda-sorta-maybe be interested in? A Silver Sable movie. Tell me that wouldn’t be pretty great: A beautiful super-assassin doing some sweet Nazi-hunting. Michael Fassbender could make a guest appearance as First Class‘ Magneto during his Nazi-hunting phase!

*We should note, for the record, that Elektra grossed $24M and My Super Ex-Girlfriend grossed $22.5. Just saying, is all.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Misthiocracy July 3, 2012 at 6:09 pm

You know you’d pay $10 for a Squirrel Girl movie!

Don’t try to deny it.


Doug Stewart July 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I actually thought of Silver Sable before scrolling down to see. What about Spider Woman and the West Coast Avengers?


bustermcd July 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

How dare you scoff at a “Dazzler” pic! It would’ve been…beautiful…

Behold only the latest proof that Pangloss was wrong, the Dazzler movie that could’ve been:


Sonny Bunch July 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I mean, look: If you write a Dazzler script on acid, it might be interesting. But people still won’t want to see it.


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