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How Fans Feel About Needing More Female Superheroes

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at FSU chapter.

No man can win every battle, but no man should fall without a struggle.” – Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man

Year after year, the Marvel Universe has been entertaining us with thousands of heroes and villains we, the fans, have been watching ever since Marvel Comics was founded by Martin Goodman in 1939. From comics to books to movies, from childhood to adulthood, we have looked up to the representation these characters have shown us that shines through in every individual. Every plot and character in Marvel has shown us that it revolves around a theme that nothing is impossible if you just believe. Each and every single story revolves around ethics or morals that teach us a lesson in life to explain the way the heroes got to where they are, just like every citizen. Franklin Richards once said, “The door is more than it appears. It separates who you are from who you can be. You do not have to walk through it. You can run.” The creators of Marvel took ideas that were near to impossible and turned it into something larger than life, only hopeless romantics and believers knew were even possible from the very beginning.

On Mar. 8 the new Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson is portraying a kick-butt woman as the lead role for the first time. It is about time we show the world what woman are really made of.  Fans have expressed their feelings toward needing more woman superheroes showing off an equitable gender representation. This has resulted in the impact of people’s lives where they now have faith they can do the impossible too, no matter what gender they are. Action characters have been an idol to many since the very beginning giving hope to those even on the darkest of days. They have expressed that it is nice to see that a character, even with such power and strength, can have similar problems to us making it seem not so out of reach anymore.  The New York Times article, “What students are saying about needing more Woman Superheroes,” quotes, “Without female superheroes, girls wouldn’t be encouraged to empower themselves or fellow women. They wouldn’t want to become the superheroes of our society: the lawyers, the policewomen, the firewomen, the doctors.”  The idea that woman and men superheroes can have just as much of an impact creates this stigma that we can be whoever or whatever we choose to be in life. Just like Peter Parker said, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”  It is our turn to give back to the characters who have brought us so much joy from years of entertainment.

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Marvel is creating more women who share qualities of courageous leaders, helping society see that men and women leaders can be seen as superheroes. Media can portray so many different representations, especially in the film industry. With woman being portrayed as lead figures, girls now have been directed to someone they can relate to on the bigger screen. Marvel is looking at the current generation of viewers as they look up to their favorite characters in the making. Wonder Woman made about 821 million dollars in the box office so it is about time that Marvel continues to make more female lead productions.  Cheers to the “Ultimate Superhero,” the average mom and worker who have saved our lives with or without a cape. Now, there will be a figure to express the future for women and for finding the inner hero in each and every one of us.

At 21 years old, with a major in Editing, Writing, and Media. She is aspiring to become a columnist for magazines while empowering women with her writing. She loves working out and eating healthy. HC writer for The Florida State University. Follow her on instagram @ _sammyminns_
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