Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. This not only includes fictional female characters in geeky media, but creators as well. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for young girls to have said example to follow.
DISCLAIMER: The following is chock full of spoilers galore for Deadpool 2. If you haven’t watched it yet, you may want to steer clear of this article. Otherwise, full steam ahead!
Domino (portrayed by Zazie Beetz) is a skilled mercenary with a penchant for good luck. Well, she can manipulate the circumstances around her. Her real name in Marvel comic lore is Neena Thurman. Deadpool 2 doesn’t delve too much into Domino’s backstory, but we do know it’s a tragic one. According to the comics, her powers are the result of a top-secret government breeding program whose objective was to develop the perfect weapon (Sound familiar? I’m looking at you, Steve Rogers). Domino joins Deadpool’s (Ryan Reynolds) X-Force and embarks on a mission to save the young mutant Russell Collins (Julian Dennison) from Cable’s (Josh Brolin) clutches.
The Real Deal:
Now, Domino is most certainly the real deal. For one, she’s an incredibly gifted marksman, even without her mutant abilities. Domino is also adept at martial arts, coupled with her enhanced reflexes and agility as a fighter. Also, how cool would it be to possess an infinite amount of luck? Domino has that in spades. Not to mention, she’s brave. She’s resilient. Domino has an immense amount of empathy, as is evident when she helps save an entire mutant orphanage from an abusive headmaster. She puts up with Deadpool’s antics. That alone should qualify her for sainthood.
Why She Matters:
Alright, why does she matter? Domino represents something we don’t often see in film – a bad*** black woman kicking major villainous tail. A strong woman of color saving the day. Of course, Black Panther is also a milestone for people of color being represented in superhero movies. Domino is helping pave the way for more representation in cinema. Now, little girls can look up to her and see themselves. They’ll discover that they’re heroes like Domino, fighting for justice day in and day out. I believe her role is vital in this regard.
Not to mention, Domino is incredibly bold. Well, her overabundance of luck may have something to do with her boldness, but she’s certainly not impervious to death. She’s bold, intelligent, resilient and full of heart. Domino has a strong moral compass. She cares about children! Anyone that nurtures our future world leaders is okay in my book.
So, be like Domino. Be courageous. Fight tooth and nail for what’s right, regardless if luck is on your side or not. And should the dominoes fall (pun intended), be prepared to get back up again. Be resilient. Be empathetic. Oh, and learn to tolerate Deadpool’s dramatics. Our favorite “merc with a mouth” is a drama queen with a capital D.
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