Often times, in telling a story about female superheroes, it seems as if the female heroes are more or less interchangeable with the male heroes. That is, they are masculine in nature and in action, but simply with a female skin dressed over them.

This is not intrinsically a bad thing as, at the very least, it carries with it the idea that females and males are equal in their strength and that men and women are both capable of saving the world. However, simply writing from a place of strength does not equal writing a nuanced and real female voice.

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Brie Larson certainly recognizes this fact and said as much to Collider in an interview about her character in Kong: Skull Island. As she told that site,

“For me, I believe that just seeing women be strong and tough is not answering the question of what a female hero looks like. Women have their own set of skills that are worth exploring and seeing on screen. I feel like it’s too easy to just say, ‘We’ll just change the name of this male character to a female, but have her do all the same things that a male does.’ I don’t believe in that. I think there’s something else. I think there’s more to women than that. Mason (in Kong: Skull Island) is a great example of that, and Captain Marvel will be another great example of that and of exploring deeper how women lead and how that is different and unique.”

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Carol Danvers has survived a lot of trauma. She’s fought against males telling her that she’ll never make it or doesn’t belong. She fought through the ranks of the Air Force, the CIA and other military agencies always facing this struggle. This alone gives her a very different strength than most men would have.

 

 

 

 

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