Marvel Studios needs women badly. The MCU kicked off in 2008 with Iron Man and seriously won't premiere a film starring a woman till 2019's Captain Marvel. Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn seems to get it.
Last week, on International Day of the Girl, Gunn said his Marvel sequel will "not only pass the Bechdel test, but run over it and back up over it again and again in an eighteen-wheeler truck." Now he's hyping up a Guardians spinoff movie starring Karen Gillan's Nebula.
Comic Book Movie says Nebula, sister to Zoe Saldana's Gamora, had "a small but memorable role in Guardians of the Galaxy, [and] she's set to have a much larger presence when she returns in the sequel next year, seemingly as a member of the team." In September, Gunn said, "They are family, whether they like it or not. And they also want to kill each other, so it adds a new twist to being a sister."
Gunn's aforementioned comment about Guardians 2's women-centric story came in a much larger Facebook post, one that included this:
"As a person I am a man; as a writer, I need to be everyone. Only in this way will our art and our entertainment adequately express life and inspire all of us. I am sick of stories where there are a bunch of fully realized male characters and one female character, whose primary characteristic is simply being 'the girl' or the personality-less object of some man’s affections. I’m not sick of this because I’m politically correct – those of you who know me know I am far from that – but because it’s boring, and it’s b.s. Likewise, I don’t think only making female characters 'strong' is a fix either - you see her all the time these days, the perfect female warrior, who is a reaction to the stories of the past, but who is equally as boring and one-dimensional."
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 drops May 5, 2017, followed in July by Spider-Man: Homecoming, which makes way for Thor: Ragnarok in November. And by the way, just to complement that stat about the 11 years between Iron Man and Captain Marvel: of the MCU's 22 movies released and scheduled so far, zero have been/are scheduled to be directed by women.
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