Why Captain Marvel was the Right Choice

I’ve been a member of the #CarolCorps for a bit, so you can imagine that I was pretty dang excited when Marvel announced they’d be making a stand-alone film based on Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel. But, many of my geek friends were more than a little disappointed (read: devastated) that they weren’t going to be getting a Black Widow movie at the moment.

And, even though I would have loved to see Natasha kick some ass all by her lonesome, I’m pretty happy that Marvel decided to lead with Carol. I even wrote a thing about all the reasons why for The Mary Sue, which you can read here.

I didn’t really have the chance to grow up with the comic books, but I did have a pretty steady diet of X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Batman, and Superman cartoons when I was little– and when they released the first X-Men movie when I was in highschool, my love of all things superhero was reignited. Superheroes, and women like Carol Danvers, have meant a lot to me over the past few years.

In fact, it’s one of the reasons why I decided to do this to my hair:

purple hair

It’s an every-time-I-look-in-the-mirror-and-think-whoah reminder that I’m actually sort of a badass.

So– what sorts of things have you found encouraging recently? The small things that help you keep going?

Artwork by Filipe Andrade


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  • Your hair looks wicked! I’ve always wanted to try a fun color, but since my hair is the kind of dark brown that’s nearly black to start, it probably wouldn’t come out too bright. 🙁

    • I’d think it’d work if you bleached it first, but I know very little about the subject really.

      • I’m a dark blonde/light brown naturally, and I had to bleach it like crazy.

  • After reading your linked piece, a quick question: was Carol wanting Mar-Vell’s powers to protect people better a part of the original origin or a retcon? I don’t remember that detail, but I have learned my memory is far from 100 percent.
    I enjoyed the first TPB of the current series so I’m looking forward to the next.

    • Her story wasn’t exactly retconned– DeConnick did add that specifically at the moment the Magnitron exploded, though I think you could make an argument for that being what she wished for even before DeConnick got ahold of her story.

  • That’s some wicked-cool hair. I’m still working up the courage to try a different color (my hair is normally dark brown), but I’m worried the relatives will get all judgy, “you don’t like your hair color?” style.

  • Dear Samantha and her readers,

    I’m taking a survey about spiritual abuse and the representation of survivors in the media. It’s a very quick one-question survey, and your participation would be monumentally helpful!

    The survey is not for an organization of any kind. I’m a college student in california, and this semester I’ve been doing a project on the SASBN, and how/why those who have suffered or are suffering spiritual abuse create and use blogs.

    One of my main findings has been that blogging is a way for individuals to represent themselves, especially when media representations of survivors tend to be out of sync with reality. This survey is an attempt to further explore if this finding of mine is correct.

    The survey will be used as data in my project, which is for a class. Neither the data, or my project, will be published anywhere publicly.


    [edit from moderator: I’ve checked this out to make sure it’s safe for everyone.]

  • Gary Eddy

    Nice hair. Showed the photo to wife she’s jealous

  • My daughter might try that, she’s tried pink and red, so far only my son has a tat. Grandkids are still too young to go that crazy, though my oldest grandson has pierced ears.
    My brother and I would rush to the drug store every Tuesday with fifty cents to buy a Fantastic Four, Spiderman, Incredible Hulk, Thor, X-Men, Captain America, or just about anything Stan Lee and Marvel came up with. We had a closet full most of them original number 1’s then we came home from school and they were all gone. (Old joke, I was a millionaire until Mom threw all my comic books away.)
    In junior high I discovered Issac Asimov and Robert Heinlein thinking comics were for kids and proud I could read without pictures.
    I’m glad Marvel’s stories are being made into successful movies, they kind of bombed on Saturday morning cartoons and some of the early TV series, though I really liked Bill Bixby as the hulk.
    No I don’t need to use a cane, yet!

  • Badass.

  • The first thing that came to mind about the hair was Madame Mimm from Disney’s Sword in the Stone. “Silvery voice, long purple hair.” I think I spent too much of my youth watching classic cartoons…

    Looks cool!

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    I’ve kind of drifted away from the obviously exhausted superhero genre, but I have never understood the “modern” urge to make women into tough warriors. To quote William F. Buckley Jr., “The idea of putting a woman at the end of a rifle with bayonet and saying, ‘Go ahead and charge along with [now ahead of] everybody else,’ offends me, and I kind of resist the notion that I ought to be responsible for externalizing the reasons why I feel them.” Our society would be far poorer without the civilizing influence, and our decline in recent decades is due in part to the mstake of tearing down the pedestal that women for centuries were placed upon. This made misogyny and objectification of women mainstream, as men are told by the current cultural climate that women should never be set apart and women are tricked into selling themselves short. Our movies and society would be greatly improved with more roles for women who resolutely bring strength to the men instead of violently beating them down.
    Sorry for the long comment; this topic just touches a nerve with me. As a gentleman, it is my duty to protect the women in my life, and the fetshization of women warriors completely undermines this calling.

    • I’m not really into warriors of any kind but the idea that women should be placed on a pedestal, separate (read: above) men and that their role should be to strengthen men (their protectors) is benevolent sexism which needs to be done away with.

    • As another blog entry here said, benevolent sexism is the belief that women are weak, innocent, home-guarding angels that need to be put on a pedestal and protected. On the surface it might look like it’s opposed to misogyny and like opposing those ideas is bad for women, but in practice…

      Well, look at what this comment is arguing for: that the (obviously exhausted, perhaps, but somehow I don’t think the movie industry agrees, judging by recent and planned movies) superhero genre should not have women in central roles, and even outside that genre, that “society would be improved” were women more thoroughly restricted to supporting roles.

      That being the case, I doubt very much if I would agree with you about any part of what you consider to be “our decline in recent decades,” or even which decades have shown negative changes in society.