While the Marvel Cinematic Universe often comes under fire for its representation of women, we’ve decided to mix up the world’s highest-grossing franchise by gender-flipping the Avengers with a Snapchat filter.
Snapchat’s new gender-swap filters have given us hours of amusement as our newsfeeds fill with gender-swapped versions of our friends and stories about boyfriends pissing off their girlfriends.
From original stars like Chris Evans’ Captain America to newcomers like Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, the whole gang is here. Weirdly, filtered Nebula looks nearly exactly the same as a man and a woman.
With Avengers: Endgame opening up the idea of the Marvel Multiverse, who knows, maybe there are female versions of our favourite heroes out there somewhere?
In the comics, fans have seen women take up the mantle of heroes like Iron Man and Thor over the year, with Endgame also hinting that Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie could become the next God of Thunder.
As for the MCU, it took 11 years before a woman got to lead their own movie. Although Evangeline Lilly shared joint billing for Ant-Man and the Wasp, Brie Larson had her name in lights for this year’s Captain Marvel.
One of Endgame‘s few criticisms was the handling of women in the supersized sequel. The female Avengers were largely sidelined, only to be brought together for the movie’s climactic battle scene and seemingly set up an all-female Avengers movie.
Elsewhere, there were once plans for an all-female X-Men movie that we’ll never get to see. Speaking to Decider, producer Lauren Shuler Donner explained her vision for the X-(Wo)Men. “I frankly wanted to see an X-Women movie. I didn’t get it through. But I think that would be cool,” she confessed.
Continuing about the kind of movie she’d imagined, Donner revealed you still need some men in a female-first movie. “I think — not to have no guys in it, you have to have guys in it — but to make instead of Charles and Magneto at the helm it’ll be whomever,” she admitted. “Kitty Pryde and Illyana [Rasputin]. Something like that.”
Even if Downey Jr., Evans, Hemsworth and co. led the early days of the MCU, the men are stepping aside for the fairer sex. Alongside the uber-powerful Captain Marvel, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch is one of the most dangerous women out there.
In the past, the likes of Thompson and Larson have championed a female-first ensemble movie, so it shouldn’t be long before we see those spandex-clad women flying the flag for girl power.
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