So… Having witnessed this with my own eye (Natalie asked Quesada about this after the panel, apparently some people were around and heard it too… and apparently Quesada has been saying the same thing to different people too…), here is a very interesting post on the whole “no actress can carry a Marvel movie as of now” and the various fuckeries around it.
Joe Quesada is a nice guy, he was accessible, and talkative and nice with everyone at Kapow, I’ll give him that.
But retrospectively, this, this whole convo about the Black Widow movie that didn’t have a budget, or the fact that no women could carry a female-lead Marvel movie, it just makes me fuckin angry. The way he casually said that as if he was expecting us to nod in agreement and understanding, that is not on, and even if I assume he’s partially stuck with some Disney PR and is probably asked to NOT talk about this stuff (it’s also way too early to assume the mindblowing success of the Avengers could fund some new spin off movies, it’s only been three weeks in the US, after all), I still find the core of the speech more than offending. And to see it seconded by entitled MALE movie geeks as if they know all the things, it makes me want to Hulk Smash AICN with a burning passion. Not the first time though.
How is that even possible to say something like that today. HOW. There ARE actresses out there with the charisma and the talent and the amazingness to carry a female lead superhero movie. It’s not about the actresses even, it’s about having a good script, and a good director, it’s team work.
Even more so, Scarlett Johansson has EVERYTHING NEEDED to carry said movie on her shoulders, she was fuckin fantastic in The Avengers, and yesterday I even posted about getting someone like Kathryn Bigelow to direct said film. Maybe it’s too much girl power for some but why the fuck not, after all?
And funnily enough, everyone seems to have forgotten how much of a wild bet RDJ was as Tony Stark when they filmed Iron Man. How many people were cackling at the idea, considering RDJ’s history and how impossible it was supposed to be to even adapt it on the screen?
I can’t even.
Just as bad as Scarlett being constantly asked about her diet instead of her character during the press junkets for the Avengers, it shows once more that in male dominated comics and Holywood industries, a female lead in a movie, or a female superhero is seen as a major risk by the studios, it’s a “weak” option and this. is. not. on.
WE WANT THIS. GIVE IT TO US. JUST GET A FUCKIN GRIP, HOLLYWOOD.