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23 October 2015 @ 07:04 pm
MCU & Jessica Jones  

I’ve watched the Jessica Jones trailer, which is not particularly usual for me, and I’m profoundly torn on it.

On one hand, FINALLY we get a female-led superhero story. Jessica Jones is a good character, long varied comic book history, popular following, etc: all of that is good. Like every character who’s had a showcase of (up until now, his) own, the Jessica Jones trailer has clearly got its own vibe: it’s pretty horror-movie-feeling, which isn’t a direction any of the others have gone. So that’s all to the good. And they appear to be using a major part of her early comic book story line as the plot for the first season, which is high-quality fan service, of which I approve.

On the other hand, the back story they’ve taken from the comic, and the direction they’re taking with it, is very difficult to read as anything other than, “She’s been a victim, but now she’s fighting back.”

And I really, really wish that the first female-led Marvel Cinematic Universe showcase was not based around “the girl is a victim.”

Especially, especially because the only other well-established, long-term female superhero–Black Widow–is also from a hideously victimized background. I am not saying Black Widow is, as presented, a victim; she’s not. But her history is *horribly* abusive, deliberately, Machiavellianly so, and she’s already done the Rise Above/Reject Her Past storyline, albeit off screen.

(I did not see Ant-Man, because fuck them, that movie should have been The Wasp, and I gather Evangeline Lily as Hope van Dyne was pretty terrific, but she is also, from what I understand, forbidden by the male figures in her life to go out and be a hero because her mother the superhero had died in an accident, and her overprotective father doesn’t want her to BECOME A VICTIM LIKE JANET WAS. So 1. fuck them, and 2. female victims, whee.)

Anyway, so I’m really torn about Jessica Jones. I’m going to watch it, or at least the first parts of it, and I hope I’ll be so won over that I’ll happily forgive the “the girl is a victim” setup. Because honestly, I really, really want the show to rock. I want to love it. I want Marvel to do well by their first female lead, and I want, for all that is holy and merciful, for to succeed wildly and kill the stupid goddamned “women can’t open a show” thing forever and ever.

#sigh Anyway, to end on a happier note, my friend Lithera posted this cover of Uncanny Avengers #5


and said, “Oooh, pretty! Of course, that card should be the Queen of Hearts. Not that anybody besides me and Catie care…,” which led me to be happy that she understands both me and the importance of little details like that. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on October 23rd, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)
I haven't heard about this. Is it a TV show? Is it going to be on in the US? Do you know which station? (ABC, CBS?)
kitmizkit on October 23rd, 2015 07:02 pm (UTC)
Netflix, drops on Nov 20.
M. C. A. Hogarth: presenthaikujaguar on October 23rd, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
Just as a piece of art, that cover is pretty. :)
kit: xmen_hadmefromhellomizkit on October 23rd, 2015 09:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I kinda want a print of it. I <3 Rogue and Gambit. :)
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Merlin Of Chaosmerlinofchaos on October 26th, 2015 04:06 pm (UTC)
I want to agree; I reread this post and wanted to pop in and add one more thing: Janet was not a victim. Everything she did was her own choice and her 'death' was actually more of the noble sacrifice type.

But yes, Hank was unable to let go after his loss. But IMO that isn't about a gender power dynamic, that's a relatively normal reaction to loss. It SUCKS for Hope and it forms the entire basis of her now dysfunctional relationship with her father, because she resents and rebels against it.

In a lot of ways, and the reason I keep saying this, the story is about how Hope deals with this. In now way are she or Janet ever depicted as victims, and it's her story, not Scott's. There's a great line in the middle of the movie where Scott actually figures out what's going on and tells Hope, straight up, and it kind of jolts her because she couldn't see through her own resentment. I thought it was pretty beautiful.

Also, and this matters to me, she is basically more competent at everything superhero related than Scott except for his ONE schtick, which is breaking in and stealing stuff. Everything else? It's totally about Hope. She's smarter, stronger, more skilled, more talented, more driven.

It really set her up to be a GREAT character in the next movie.

Plus, I'm convinced we'll actually see Janet somewhere down the road.
Dragon: Agent Carteruofmdragon on October 25th, 2015 08:45 pm (UTC)
I get where you're coming from about not wanting the female superheros to be victims first, especially not the first one. But haven't we had the first female led show? What about Agent Carter?
kitmizkit on October 25th, 2015 09:20 pm (UTC)
An excellent point, although Carter is quite specifically Not A Superhero, so is grey area, perhaps. :)