Stop Qualifying The Wasp – And Others Like Her

In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, director of the upcoming "Ant-Man and the Wasp" clarified why the Wasp is right there in the title – and said those dreaded words. 

Peyton Reed: "It just happened to be organic for the characters of Ant-Man and Wasp, [so] it worked," said Reed. "Her last line in the movie — 'It's about damn time' — [is] very much about her specific character and arc in that movie, but it is absolutely about a larger thing. It's about damn time: We're going to have a fully realized, very very complicated hero in the next movie who happens to be a woman."

I’ve written before about the unfortunately need to qualify our female superheroes with words like, “who happens to be a woman.” Again, It’s time to say simply, “These women kick ass,” and forget all the qualifiers.

The added sting (pun intended): "Ant-Man and the Wasp" was a late addition to the MCU line-up, pushing “Captain Marvel” to 2018 from 2017.


Rumors

The Punisher may edge out Iron Fist to be the last Netflix "Defender." I have read many possible reasons from the cost of a full series to Marvel wanting Iron Fist on the big screen.

One thing is certain, the folks at Netflix love Jon Bernthal’s performance as The Punisher in "Daredevil" season two and that will definitely weigh in the final decision.

However, there are many reasons Iron Fist should round out the four "Defenders."

  • The Iron Fist easter eggs were beautifully woven throughout the “Daredevil” series. Madam Gao’s homeland was assuredly K'un-L'un (where Danny Rand trained to become the Iron Fist) and her drug was known as Steel Serpent on the streets. Steel Serpent was a super villain in the "Iron Fist" series. In fact, Steel Serpent's logo is the same used on Madam Gao's drug.
  • Jeryn Hogarth, Danny’s lawyer and friend, will be in the Jessica Jones series.
  • Luke Cage, a.k.a. Power Man (the third Defender) and Danny were the original "Defenders."

But mostly, I have great childhood memories of reading my cousin's well-worn copies of “Power Man and Iron Fist.” Those two go together like chocolate and peanut butter.


And Finally…

Despite Target stores' removal of signage marking toys for girls vs. boys, someone hasn’t gotten the real message about inclusivity. 

Target has begun the sale of "Star Wars The Force Awakens" merchandise. However, in this six-figure action pack our female hero, Rey, doesn’t make an appearance. Instead we get four named men and two random dudes.

Need a reminder who she is? Check out the first three scenes of the new "Star Wars" trailer.

Dude.

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In other merchandise, check out these Justice League paper clips. Perfect for every lover of superheroes…unless you are looking for Wonder Woman.

Dude.