I love Marvel movies. I’ve seen them all in the cinema. I own them all on DVD, well except Winter Soldier, which is currently in my mum’s possession after I unsubtly hinted that it was coming out and my birthday is coming up. But loving something doesn’t mean you have to overlook their flaws.
Now with the recent success of Guardians of the Galaxy, a joke keeps being made on comment sections around the world “Marvel made a film with a Raccoon before DC could do Wonder Woman,” and while there is truth to that, that statement doesn’t really mean anything. There are a few reasons I think this, firstly, Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t a Rocket Raccoon film, it’s an ensemble one. I don’t deny that making that film was a risk for Marvel, it easily could have flopped, there was no heavily pushed Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise out there before the movie, and bar a couple of appearances in animation, Guardians of the Galaxy was very much a niche comic. But in the other hand, this is Marvel, who have enough of a brand name that anything they attach will make heads turn, coupled with the heavy promotion the film received, how much of a risk was Guardians of the Galaxy really, Marvel were very careful to not have heavily tie into their other movies, so if it had of flopped, it wouldn’t have affected their ongoing story being told. I expect the next one will probably feature a cameo from someone else (there are Hulk rumours going around) now that they know they are successful. But can we make a comparison between the success of Guardians of the Galaxy and DC apprehension towards making a Wonder Woman movie.
Marvel still haven’t made a female lead superhero movie, despite the call of fans asking for a Captain Marvel movie or the popularity of Black Widow that could be turned into her own spin off. Unfortunately, in 2014, movie studios still see it a risk to cast a female lead in a superhero movie which is ridiculous. I mean Lucy just came out and was success and look who that starred.
Marvel also haven’t pulled the trigger on a Black Panther movie, another character that fans have been asking to see a movie adaptation of for years. In 2012, Louis D’Esposito, when asked about a Black Panther film said
“He has a lot of the same characteristics of a Captain America: great character, good values… But it’s a little more difficult, maybe, creating [a world like Wakanda]. It’s always easier basing it here. For instance, ‘Iron Man 3’ is rooted right here in Los Angeles and New York. When you bring in other worlds, you’re always faced with those difficulties.”
which at the time was kind of ridiculous seeing as we had already seen Asgard and since then we’ve more of the 9 realms in Thor the Dark World and countless planets in Guardians of the Galaxy. How is it possible to create planets and realms that don’t exist, but it is difficult to create a country, yes it is a fictional country, but based on a real continent here on Earth. It boils down to the fact that like the case of a female lead, studios are scared to cast a POC in a main role, especially a superhero role.
And recently there was news that Sony plan on making a female superhero movie planned for 2017. So if Sony successfully make that movie can we start making “Sony can make a Black Cat movie but Marvel still can’t make a Captain Marvel movie.
Marvel recently announced dates for films leading up to 2019, with 3 movies a year starting next year, so there is a chance that we could see a Captain Marvel or a Black Panther movie within the time frame. But until then lets not fault DC for something Marvel still hasn’t managed to do.
And with the rumours that there may be a new Avengers line up after Age of Ultron, lets just hope there’s a bit more variety and it isn’t made up of majority white males.