(For some of this blog I will be comparing DC’s first solo female superhero film (Wonder Woman) to that of Marvel’s first solo female superhero film (Captain Marvel)).
So I saw Captain Marvel at the cinema a couple of weeks ago and I absolutely loved it. I felt Brie Larson was perfect for the role, the CGI was great and it was an all round well put together film. But I also loked it because of how it was treated like any other male superhero film.In Captain Marvel, Carol Denvers (or ‘Vers’ as she was known at the time) was dressed in a suit. Not an overly sexualised one, but a fight suit like Captain America. She was also equipped with a helmet and some badass weapons which I thought was brilliant. In Wonder Woman, Diana was dressed in the classic Wonder Woman costume we all know and love, but was made out of metal-armour type stuff. While the outfit is iconic, it’s not really appropriate for fighting battles (although well done to Diana for fighting in that outfit). Carol was fighting in a fight suit whereas Diana was very much still fighting in her underwear. I am not just taking a dig at DC, as Marvel is also guilty of over sexualising costumes (cough cough, black widow, cough cough).Also, in Captain Marvel, there was no love interest. Carol was treated just like the other male superheroes where the film was revolving around them saving the world and being heroes without worrying about a love interest. In Wonder Woman, Diana had her love interest (Steve). While the film did have a lot of fighting and Diana being amazing, she still did have a love interest that was focused on in the film.
In the posters for both Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman, neither were smiling. O thought that this was very good as it was treated exactly the same if it was a male superhero’s film. As we know, the fact that Captain Marvel wasn’t smiling was met with a lot of unnecessary backlash, which I think is completely ridiculous as no one complained on any other superhero’s poster when they weren’t smiling.
I don’t want to be seen as a Marvel stan hating on Wonder Woman due to the studio it was made by. I love both studios, but I thought there was an interesting contrast as to the differences of each studio’s first solo female superhero film.