Regarding the Black Widow kerfluffle about the way she is treated in the film series (Part Two)
For some time now I, along with a few others, have been writing about the children of the Avengers (#youngeravengers). It started with one kid, Obi-wan (Ben) Parker, the son of Peter Parker and Carol Danvers, and now there are nearly 30. And when we decided to shuffle the team line-ups to accommodate them all I happened upon one brilliant thought. What if we gender-swap the original (movieverse) line-up?
Carol stood. “I have an idea for Jamie’s team.” She tapped Jamie’s picture. “Cap.” Then Ginny’s. “Iron Man.” Slid Bianca’s photo next to the other two. “Hulk.” Next Cooper and Liv. “Hawkeye. Thor.” She tapped her fingers on the table. “I just need a boy Black Widow.” Natasha raised an eyebrow in amusement. Carol’s hand hovered over Jake’s picture but they’d already discussed moving him and he was more like James anyway. What she wanted was a spy. She slid Bobby’s photo into place. “Bam,” she finished, quite pleased with herself.
“The original line-up,” murmured Steve. He had to admit that was clever.
“Kate will love it,” opined Henry.
Jamie looked at the table. “You want me to have a team with Bobby Morse and five girls?” Speaking of sexual harassment seminars.
The adults glanced at each other. “Yes,” said Tony shortly.
(You can read the whole thing here: The Next Generation of Superheroes) In my head, 30 years from “now” that line-up would be considered a stroke of genius. Don’t you want to live in that future? But imagine if this were the line-up of the movie coming out in May. Five heroines and the Token Man aka Sexy Badass (yes, I absolutely picked that picture with purpose). Imagine THAT kerfluffle.
The Young Avengers Legacy Line-up features:
Emma Stone as Jamie Rogers
Mia Wasikowska as Ginny Stark
Amanda Seyfried as Liv Thor
Emma Watson as Bianca Banner
Abbie Cornish as Cooper Osborn
Mitch Hewer as Bobby Morse
(Minimalist Avengers posters by Marko Manev)