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Attention Marvel: These 2 Super-Heroines Need Their Own Movies

It's hard to argue against Disney's  (NYSE: DIS  ) tried and true formula for finding box office success of the comic book-inspired variety.

To be sure, thanks largely to its $4 billion acquisition of Marvel Entertainment in 2009, Disney so far in 2013 has already exceeded its previous annual box office record of $3.791 billion in gross worldwide ticket sales. That includes more than $1.2 billion from the May release of Iron Man 3, as well as more $360 million (so far) from the newly launched blockbuster, Thor: The Dark World.

What's more, Disney and Marvel are also planning Captain America: The Winter Soldier for release next April, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy in August. Then, for 2015, they've slated both Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.

How about a change of pace?
While I understand that's a full plate for Disney and Marvel -- and keeping in mind I've immensely enjoyed everything they've done together to date -- I have a suggestion.

Why not give a few of Marvel's super-heroines their own feature films? After all, each of Disney's Marvel movies so far has featured predominantly male leads, and there's no shortage of strong female superheroes to choose from in Marvel's 9,000+ character library.

But that doesn't mean they need to start from scratch. In fact, I think Marvel would do just fine building on the existing rapport of these two mighty women:

1. Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff

Audiences got their first real glimpse of Scarlett Johansson in action as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent and super-spy Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow) back in 2010, namely as she methodically dismantled a hallway full of bad guys in Iron Man 2.

That merited a significantly increased role for Scar-Jo's character in Marvel's The Avengers last year and, in addition to a crucial appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Director Joss Whedon has promised even bigger things for Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

But all the while, fans have been begging for a Black Widow feature film to no avail. Remember, more than two years ago Avengers producer Kevin Feige confirmed they had talked with Johansson about a spin-off, and stated a plot for a potential stand-alone Black Widow movie had been prepared. But since then, fans have been treated to more talk than anything.

Heck, even the legendary Stan Lee admitted the current male-centric model is working just fine for now, saying only a few months ago:

Well probably at one time...they'll make a movie of the Black Widow. The thing is the women like these movies as much as the guys, so we don't have to knock ourselves out to find a female...but we will.

What's more, while some worry Black Widow's seeming lack of actual super-powers would require a departure from Disney's typical hero pattern so far, it's worth noting a quick look at Marvel's character database shows that, not unlike Captain America, "government treatments have slowed her aging, augmented her immune system, and enhanced her physical durability."

That's why I think a Black Widow spin-off -- particularly an origin story done right -- would effectively serve as a great opportunity for Marvel to offer an incredible new take on the age-old spy thriller genre.

2. Lady Sif

Jaimie Alexander as Sif in Thor: The Dark World

Next, and more in line with current events, why not take a page out of the Thor playbook and give the awesome Lady Sif more solo time on the big screen? After all, in my own humble opinion, the Asgardian goddess of war stood out during her brief roles in both Thor films to date, lending credence to the reason her name leads the phrase, "Lady Sif and the Warriors Three."

In addition, actress Jaimie Alexander herself is a self-professed "comic book geek" -- something that resonates with diehard fans -- and stated only two weeks ago of her character, "I would love for there to be a spinoff film. I would absolutely say 'yes!' if the fans want it and there's a strong enough desire for it, it will happen."

Of course, that's unsurprising coming from the would-be star of said film, but therein lies the rub: The fans would need to call for it, and as of right now the momentum likely doesn't exist to make it happen.

However, there is plenty of background that could serve to build up interest in Sif's character going forward, including her upbringing with Thor and Loki, stories surrounding her brother Heimdall (the all-seeing sentinel of Asgard's rainbow bridge), and supplemental adventures with her fellow warriors.

Thankfully, considering it's looking increasingly likely Thor 3 will happen sooner rather than later, a stand-alone Lady Sif film could be yet another logical extension of Marvel's enormously profitable franchise.

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  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 12:50 PM, SeanKirkwood wrote:

    Don't think Sif is a goddess of war in Norse mythology...

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 12:56 PM, AelaTheHuntress wrote:

    only female avenger that deserves her own movie is Ms. Marvel

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 12:57 PM, ZAP1ROWSDOWER wrote:

    Though these two women are hot, they are secondary characters that work better with the a group.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 1:11 PM, Jessica62 wrote:

    I'd like to see Spider Woman (aka: Jessica Drew) get her own movie. She has a very long and interesting story. And what about M s. Marvel, she also has a long and interesting comic book career.

    And while your at it, restart the Blade franchises and let's see where he is going. So many options, so much fun

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 1:13 PM, InvisibleZombie wrote:

    I'm torn, I think Black Widow is worthy of a solo film, but not Scarlett Johansson's BW. She would never be my first choice for the role but in the ensemble she was just fine. But a solo Widow needs an actress with a different intensity that I don't see Johansson capable of. Casting comic super heroines means treading a thin line between too feminine and too butch!

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 1:23 PM, drixnot wrote:

    I vote for Lady Sif, but only because it would mean more of that sexy beast Loki. Feminism be damned.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 1:25 PM, mxtgary wrote:

    Ant-man really?????

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 1:47 PM, nanoman79 wrote:

    I question whether the author really wants to see this to heroines or just these two actresses star in their own feature film.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 2:49 PM, stpetersburg wrote:

    no thanks.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 3:10 PM, KurseMaul wrote:

    Neither of these characters work well alone. MsMarvels story is actually pretty disturbing if you know the history of it. Jean Grey would have made an excellent choice, but the X-Men films glossed over her. She Hulk would work. Psylocke would be awesome.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 3:13 PM, milostyl wrote:

    I also think that if there is to be a standalone superheroine movie, Ms Marvel (Carol Danvers) is the best choice. BW and Sif, though great characters, are just better in support roles. A Ms Marvel movie would open up the kree storyline which could only bolster the avengers franchise.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 4:41 PM, M1k3G wrote:

    I have to disagree with a Black Widow movie, especially with Scarlett as the lead actress. A lady Sif movie may be good, but I think an origin story for Wonder Woman would be better.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 7:00 PM, y1ny4n9 wrote:

    Wonder Woman was not a Marvel character M1k3G. she's from DC. she fights alongside batman and superman.

    Psylocke would be a great choice. that would open up a story for captain Britain and Union Jack as well. she hulk would be interesting. BW could be a good move. open up the history between hawk eye and her and also cut into her time in Hydra. so many choices so little time.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 7:36 PM, SLUGGO wrote:

    That's a tough question- movies for two female Marvel Heroines.

    Sif is not a good idea. In Norse culture everyone was a warrior to some point, even women and children of a certain age so it makes sense it would reflect in their mythology. But, she was not the "God of War." Sif was originally the leader of the Valkyrie who was promoted to God status by Odin. Her skill with sword and shield was unrivaled in Asgard so she became the Goddess of "Skill and Excellence In Battle." She will be among the last of the Norse Gods to fall when Ragnorak begins. She will die defending a fallen Odin. However, she has no real part in the Marvel Universe,

    BW might work. While I am inclined to agree with the norm suggesting the actress portraying her be replaced, SJ might be able to pull it off. It's kind of like Batman being played by Ben Affleck. Not too sure on that one.

    I have to say yes to She-Hulk, except no Eva Mendez. We have all seen the mindless side of gamma effects. Maybe it's time to see the intelligent side.

    Psylocke might work, too. Many of the X-Men began their careers as "independents" before being recruited by Professor-X. Like Wolverine, the story of her origins might make for a good movie.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 7:54 PM, tpasmall wrote:

    Both of those characters are pretty weak. Ms. Marvel by far would be the one who deserves it the most. Aside from that, of characters owned by Marvel studios, I'd say Firestar would make a great standalone.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 8:19 PM, matthewluke wrote:

    I don't know. Neither character seem like they can carry their own movie. They almost epitomize the phrase 'supporting character'.

    I'd watch a movie about Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel) though.

    Some great female X-Men and X-Men-related characters I'd love to see as well. Abigail Brand (commander of S.W.O.R.D.) would be great. A Joss Whedon created character at that. Too bad her character is with Fox and their X-Men movie universe. Or at least I assume she is with Fox since she is most closely associated with the X-Men comic franchise. The Marvel movie rights are all over the place though, so who really knows where each individual characters belongs. Maybe Fox will do something with her (have S.W.O.R.D. be their movie universe's S.H.I.E.L.D.).

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 8:20 PM, ksting wrote:

    These characters mentioned are secondary characters. They never had a successful magazine of their own but were sidekicks of other Superheros. If you are going do a female character you need one that was successful on her own. Like people have said Ms. Marvel or the She Hulk. There are others but, it needs to be one that has a big following not a sidekick.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 8:27 PM, Trashboy4p wrote:

    It's too bad they screwed up the X-Men back stories and where they went with the films. I would have loved to see a Ms. Marvel film, that crosses over with X-Men, so we could see Rogue get her powers. I mean, I guess they could still do that, since with the upcoming x-Men movie, they are bringing back some people from the original trilogy.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 8:54 PM, Crazyplot wrote:

    SHE-HULK!!! Why not? The Hulk is wildly popular but the movies have been inconsistent . They should bridge the gap by making a Mark Ruffalo appearance and letting She-Hulk take on her own persona... Plus she is an Avenger!

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 8:57 PM, RickytimeRic wrote:

    Just like the comics, few if none women superhero comic books ever made it big.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 9:39 PM, panzer13 wrote:

    In the Marvel universe the women are supporting characters because the market is dominated by 10-25 year old males.

    That said there here are a few possibilities:

    1. Spider-girl, long shot but "May Parker" had a fair run at Marvel. The daughter of Peter Parker and Mary-Jane Watson-Parker was a well thought of character at Marvel.

    2. Ms. Marvel is the best bet but the trouble is Carol Danvers was a bit uneven.

    3. Rogue... Yep, it could work with good writers.

    4. Electra could work with a re-write.

    5. Sue Storm could work if her powers were improved with the "X-Men" training.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 9:46 PM, silvermetalflake wrote:

    I'd like to see She Hulk!!!

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 10:46 PM, Joe4d wrote:

    NO ORIGINS ! we know the origins. thats what makes every super hero movie suck. They spend half the movie on an origin we already know. Just tell a story. Ii mean Rambo didnt start with basic training. Why do they feel the need to start every super hero movie with a half hour of origin stuff.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2013, at 11:55 PM, gileanofgrey wrote:

    I completely disagree with this article, if I were marvel and wanted to make a heroine movie i'd chose the following characters:

    1. Ms. Marvel

    2. Elektra *yes I know it's been done but it could have been done far better.

    3. Spiderwoman * how can you go wrong with an agent of shield?*

    The problem here is that most of the marvel ladies have very weak stand alone comics or have only really been shown working with a mostly all male group such as the wasp and as noted above ms. marvel.

  • Report this Comment On November 18, 2013, at 12:09 AM, baileynboots wrote:

    I would have to say I disagree with both black widow and sif Carol Danvers' Ms. Marvel would be an excellent choice if they pre dated it before Rogue absorbed her powers,but we all know how well they tend to screw up backstories. So I would have to say no to her as well. My vote would be for a stand alone Mystique movie since her age pre dates the xmen except of course her appearance in xmen first class<which they totally f'd up> they would have to do a little recon there. Since she has a history with Azazel which produced Nightcrawler there would be the tie in both to first class and the first three xmen. I would also be up for a new Elektra reboot. But the as for black widow and sif,i don't think either could hold their own in a solo movie.If theyre looking to do another xmen origins they should consider Storm next. Wolverine is getting stale and frankly im sick of seeing him. They need to play up storm's relationship with kitty and although her ability to control the elements is impressive her tie to nature goes much deeper than that. Lots of material to work with there.

  • Report this Comment On November 18, 2013, at 3:05 AM, Richard233 wrote:


    Tell you what. All you people demanding that a movie be made go out, raise the money, but the option, and make the movie.

    Characters that can't even keep a comic book alive just don't merit a movie. And even those that do, need great writers and too many studios just throw money at CGI and 3D instead.

    For God's sakes, they did not let Joss Whedon do Wonder Woman and if HE can't get it done, just stop whining and either give it up or do it your self.

    The problem with getting any super heroine movie made is dealing with the politically correct types outside and within the studios.. They'll decide she needs to be gay, just because, and has to push various political points, because they can, and it will fail miserably, as it should.

    This is NOT to say you can't have such a character, its just they want to twist an existing character into that mold despite zero background to support it. Thus, alienating the fans like they did for the last attempt to do a WW launch.

    And here's a thought. Why not make a heroine movie that is just a good movie. It does not need to be a "blockbuster". Alias ran on TV 6 years.

    Dark Angel ran for 3 and could have gone on a bit more with some luck.

    And what's wrong with an ensemble that just happens to have a female as the main point of the story. Look at Firefly.

    How about a Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie

    based on the TV show rather than the other way around. The original cast is too old now, but they could surely do something awesome, no?

    Just remember. To make a good movie.

    1) Writing comes first.

    2) Respect the fans.

    3) Get a cast that is there for reason others than they look good on screen.

    4) Don't depend on special effect to save you, learn the lesson of Speed Racer/Green Lantern.

  • Report this Comment On November 18, 2013, at 8:35 AM, M1k3G wrote:

    That was embarrassing y1ny4n9, thanks for pointing out my oversight. Of course I know that, I was just absentminded when I wrote that. At any rate, I just wanted to point out that "ScarJo" is way too overrated as an actress. She has no stage presence and wouldn't carry a movie. Especially not a role that isn't that strong to begin with.

  • Report this Comment On November 18, 2013, at 10:02 AM, Allend406 wrote:

    Neither have there own comics but i would still like to see Domino, or Psylocke.

  • Report this Comment On November 18, 2013, at 10:03 AM, MattC17 wrote:

    Wow, alot of comments on this article already! I didn't read them all so I apologize if I repeat. I think Black Widow might be a good idea for a "solo" film but Siv, no. Siv is a minor character in a middle grade (B) popular title (Thor) (as compared to Spider Man or Wolverine, high grade characters (A)), thus, she would likely go the way of Elektra. Less than 30 mm in domestic boxoffice. First, I think BW can still take advantage of the "Avengers" factor - more boxoffice dollars. Second, if Agents of SHIELD gets good ratings, you could get some of the characters from that in the film. Third, you could throw in a minor character to support her (e.g. Falcon, who will be in the Winter Soldier) and get fans of that character out. I think you would need a good script and story to help the film out, but very doable. Heck, if they can make a go at Guardians of the Galaxy (a grade C or D franchise) and actually make money, they can do BW.

  • Report this Comment On November 18, 2013, at 10:51 AM, TMFSymington wrote:

    @...well, everyone: Thanks for all the comments so far!

    If one thing is clear, it's obvious we all feel strongly about the Marvel universe of characters! After all, there are quite literally hundreds of solid female super-heroine choices out there.

    For the record, I also agree a Ms. Marvel movie would be fantastic, but I intentionally left her out of this article for a couple reasons:

    First, recent chatter suggests a Ms. Marvel script may be ready, but that they're searching for an actress to fill the role -- in other words, that puts it where Black Widow was more than two years ago, only minus the actress and character development. Still, like the relatively unknown Ant Man, that doesn't mean they won't announce Ms. Marvel next, especially given the apparent demand and promising back story.

    And besides, I think Ms. Marvel deserves her own article. (hint, hint)

    Next, and to build on that, I wanted to use this particular article to focus on two female characters on which Marvel has already spent some time developing. Yes, both predominantly have served as supporting roles so far, but I stand by my assertion each could hold their own in a leading capacity.

    In any case, keep the comments rolling, and thanks for reading!

    Fool on,

    Steve (TMFSymington)

  • Report this Comment On November 18, 2013, at 5:27 PM, Bobo4 wrote:

    I think that it's high time we have a little eye candy for the guys! Both Scarlett and Jamie are quite lovely. The only thing if a movie for each of these gorgeous gals were to be rolled out is to just make it good. A tall order I know but if the proper care went into these movies that went into Thor, Avengers or Iron Man it could open up a revenue stream for Disney...not that they need any more $!


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