Monday, August 4, 2014

Editorial: If Marvel "Doesn't Have Time" For a Female Super Hero Movie, They Wouldn't Be Actively Looking For the Right Story



In journalism there is a thing called a story angle. It's what websites like The Daily SuperHero look for in interviews and other reports by various news outlets, and then pull from to craft a story from the angle. But sometimes the angle is twisted into something that it really shouldn't have been twisted into.

This appears to be happening across various websites online after Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently spoke about the potential of a female-led super hero solo movie. Feige's original quotes are quite obvious in saying Marvel hasn't done a solo female hero movie because he (and his other studio executives) are still looking for the right story to tell.

Here's what Feige told Comic Book Resources, and these are the quotes most sites are using in their claim that Marvel implies they're too busy for a female-led super hero movie:

“I think it comes down to timing, which is what I’ve sort of always said, and it comes down to us being able to tell the right story [emphasized to show what was actually said]. I very much believe in doing it. I very much believe that it’s unfair to say, ‘People don’t want to see movies with female heroes,’ then list five movies that were not very good, therefore, people didn’t go to the movies because they weren’t good movies, versus [because] they were female leads. And they don’t mention ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Frozen,’ ‘Divergent.’ You can go back to ‘Kill Bill’ or ‘Aliens.’ These are all female-led movies. It can certainly be done. I hope we do it sooner rather than later.”

He continued on the topic and spoke about the challenge of adding more franchises to the studios' growing stable of franchises.

“But we find ourselves in the very strange position of managing more franchises than most people have — which is a very, very good thing and we don’t take for granted, but is a challenging thing. You may notice from those release dates, we have three for 2017. And that’s because just the timing worked on what was sort of gearing up. But it does mean you have to put one franchise on hold for three or four years in order to introduce a new one? I don’t know. Those are the kinds of chess matches we’re playing right now.”

Now tell me where Feige says Marvel Studios is too busy to green light a female hero movie. He doesn't unless I'm blind or oblivious to where he said it but I read over these quotes multiple times.

Assumptions can (and have been) be made but it is quite obvious he is still looking for the perfect story to highlight a female-led super hero solo movie. Anything beyond this is assumed and twisting words into something else for more web hits. This is called sensationalism and no way Feige said the studio doesn't have the time for a female super hero movie. So don't be swayed by the sensationalism right now because some are reading in between the lines a little too much.

There's no doubt in my mind Marvel Studios is actively developing their first female-led super hero movie and the hang up is finding the right story, as Feige said. Hell, Marvel has already green lit a female-led Netflix series starring Jessica Jones yet no one talks about this enough. And there's a female-led television show coming with actor Hayley Atwell's Agent Carter series.

Anyone saying Marvel is too busy is wrong. So wrong. It's about not being pressured into doing something without the perfect story attached to it. Period.

I digress.



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