Today is International Women’s Day. It is also, perhaps not coincidentally, the premiere of Captain Marvel, the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe headlined by a woman. In honor of Carol Danvers, and super women all across time and space, we have a list of other female super heroes who deserve their own movies.
We here at The Geekiary loved Wonder Woman (and we’ll surely love Captain Marvel as well, as soon as we get to see it), but with the mass influx of superhero movies in the last ten years, it’s disappointing that so far, those are the only two female heroes who have gotten their own film. True, that Black Widow movie looks likely, Harley Quinn is getting a movie with the all-female Birds of Prey, and Dark Phoenix is…something, but when you look at the sheer number of superhero movies, they skew heavily male. Marvel in particular boasts some pretty spectacular supporting ladies, and it would be nice if some of these super women got their own spotlight.
Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel
There are a multitude of reasons why Kamala should get her own movie, but the main reason is…we have no idea what’s going to happen after Avengers: Endgame or who will even be left. The going theory is that many of the Phase 1 heroes will be gone, so new heroes will be needed to step in and pick up the slack. Kamala is young – cast a young enough actress (like they did with Tom Holland as Peter Parker) and she could be around for a while. Plus, she would be a fascinating character to explore cinematically, as a young Pakistani-American Muslim living in New Jersey. Even Brie Larson agrees! It’s been a couple of years, but don’t think I’ve forgotten that “definite” plans were made!
Doreen Green aka Squirrel Girl
For reasons similar to Kamala, Doreen would be an excellent edition to the MCU. She’s quirky and fun; a film featuring her would be like Guardians of the Galaxy or Thor: Ragnarok – a light-hearted break from the gloom and doom. She and Kamala team up a lot, both in the comics and in the animated Marvel Rising series, so I would also be open to a sort of buddy-cop movie starring the two of them. Doreen is said to be featured in the Freeform series based on the New Warriors, but that show was slated to air in 2018 and still hasn’t.
Ororo Munroe aka Storm
It is a crime that with a dozen films in the franchise, there is yet to be a suitable adaptation of Ororo Munroe. There is so much to explore about Storm as a character – from her being a descendant of African witch-priestesses to her being a thief to her being worshipped as a goddess to being a queen – that it’s almost unheard of that so far she’s been tokenized on screen and reduced to being a side character who makes things slightly windy sometimes. In the comics, Storm is connected to Agamotto – as in the Orb of Agamotto that Doctor Strange uses – as well as T’Challa. We’re hoping that once the X-Men join the MCU she’ll be given her due, but she perhaps more than anyone deserves a solo film, just because there are so many places that it could go.
Anna Marie LeBeau aka Rogue
If you’re thinking about giving X-Men ladies a movie, please start with Storm. But with the introduction of Captain Marvel into the MCU, a Rogue solo film is a possibility, since it was absorbing Carol Danvers’s psyche and Kree powers that had her reform from a villain to a hero. As most of the other women on this list are pretty solidly in the hero camp, it might be interesting to have a film about Rogue growing up with the Brotherhood of Mutants and then switching sides.
Neena Thurman aka Domino
Neena made her first onscreen appearance in Deadpool 2, but she has always been a side character and never a headliner. The extent of her powers is largely unknown, but her “good luck” could go in a lot of different ways and make for some really interesting solo films.
Amaya Jiwe aka Vixen
An alternate universe Amaya is currently palling around with the Legends on The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, but we wouldn’t say no to a feature film version. Vixen’s backstory is pretty unique among superheroes – her mother was killed by poachers and she was raised by her priest father until he was killed by her uncle – and there is some extremely relevant social commentary that can be explored with her story. Plus, you know, animal powers are pretty cool (and different! We like different).
Tatsu Yamashiro aka Katana
The DCEU really did this woman wrong in Suicide Squad. She has a sword that traps the souls of its victims and she got a glib introduction in her first feature film appearance, where she never said a word. Katana’s original tragic backstory alone would make a fascinating film – her husband is killed by his brother (and his soul is trapped in her sword!) and her children are killed in a fire – but in the New 52 she’s a member of the Birds of Prey and currently waging war with the Yakuza. Her solo series from DC Comics was all about tracking down her husband’s killer. Karen Fukuhara, who played Katana in Suicide Squad, has already pitched the idea of a Katana spin-off.
Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl aka Oracle
Kate Kane will be donning her cowl on a Batwoman series for the CW and Cassandra Cain is joining Harley Quinn in the upcoming Birds of Prey movie, but Barbara deserves her own film. For the love of all that is holy, please put this woman on the big screen and not at all related to The Killing Joke – unless you’re going to use the opportunity to focus on a disabled female superhero in which case, yes, do that and do that right now.
Which super woman would you want to see on the big screen? Let us know!
For a list of real-life super women who deserve films, check out our list of Women Who Deserve Biopics from International Women’s Day 2018.
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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