Why Agent Carter is So Important

The noise I made when Marvel announced an Agent Carter series could only be heard by dogs.

And do you know why?

The Agent Carter series is one giant step closer to us getting a female lead superhero film.  And that my friends, is a very important thing indeed.

As a woman in my 30’s, I’ve been around long enough to know that being female and of the geek persuasion, I have often found myself to be somewhat of a minority.  Picked on as a child for not being into the usual ‘girly’ things, I opted instead to lose myself in the world of superheroes and Star Trek and having female heroes was important.  Characters like She-Hulk and Black Widow were important to me but not always easy to find growing up.  I related more to the male characters as they were the most common and the comics easier to get hold of.  Judge Dread was another favourite of mine.  Not your a-typical hero for an 8 year old girl.  But it’s getting better.  There are more of us out there these days and I find a comfort in that, knowing that I’m not the only girl that’s partial to comics and gaming.

As such, Marvel coming out with the Agent Carter announcement is a big deal.  And it’s a big deal because now little girls like I used to be get to have a strong, independent female character on television every week.  If the Agent Carter short is anything to go by, the TV series is going to be a real treat.  And the most important thing of all is that it’s going to be set during a time when women like Peggy really had to fight to be heard and taken seriously.  Having to deal with life as a SHIELD agent in a male dominated time is almost as important as the fact that Agent Carter is female.  In fact, you could argue that it’s the most important thing.

And the green light for Agent Carter is a sign of the times.  With Captain Marvel, Black Widow and She-Hulk all getting their own solo comic series and all doing exceptionally well, times are changing over at Marvel.  They seem to realise that their fan base has a huge female contingent.  Choosing to have Black Widow as a major part in Captain America 2 is proof of that, and as talk of a Black Widow film rumbles on, Agent Carter is a huge step in the right direction.  I for one would love to see Natasha get her own film but I’m doubtful that she will do, given that she has already appeared in 3 of the MCU offerings.  On a positive note though, each of her appearances have been bigger that the previous ones and in Cap 2 she was essentially the joint lead alongside Steve.

This is all so important.  Whether you relate more to the male characters or not as woman, you can’t deny that having more strong female characters is a huge plus.  With each MCU film, the female characters are becoming more and more important to the plot rather than just a pretty face in spandex to stop the film becoming too male.  Black Widow is now an integral part of the MCU. Pepper won the day at the end of Iron Man 3, not Tony. Jane Foster, Maria Hill, Melina May and Sharon Carter – all female, all strong characters and all very important.  More of that please.

Marvel knows this which is more than DC currently do.  The argument for a stand-alone Wonder Woman film will rumble on forever and that is a crying shame.  Of all the female comic book characters, Wonder Woman is probably the most recognised and beloved.  The fact that Warner/DC have all but said they won’t be doing a solo film makes me both angry and sad.  Their reasoning that a female lead superhero film won’t sell is complete and utter tosh.  So what if it doesn’t make as much money as Batman and Superman films?  It’s still going to make a whole heap of money because it’s Wonder Woman.

So thank you Marvel for stepping up to the plate for us women and giving us an Agent Carter series. It gives me hope that one day, we’ll get an MCU film that has more than one female lead.  And let’s be honest: who wouldn’t want to see an ensemble film with at least Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Kate Bishop and She-Hulk?

Until that happens, I’ll leave you with the words of Anthony Mackie because I couldn’t have put it better myself:

“When I first got this role I just cried because I was like ‘Wow, next Halloween I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon!’  That’s the thing that always gets me.  I feel like everybody deserves that.  I feel like there should be a Latino superhero.  Scarlett Johansson does a great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie.  I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman.  You know what I mean, because little girls deserve that.  There are so many of these little people out there doing awful things for money in the world of being famous.  And little girls see that.  They should have the opposite spectrum of that to look up to.”]

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One comment

  1. SilverFox /

    To true – my 4 year old daughter needs more role models if I am to retain her as a geek! Fingers crossed that CW / DC reboot birds of prey, now they have some decent & credible actresses cast as Huntress & Black Canary…

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