First of all, YES, I am five for five on the shows I cover weekly getting renewed! I’ll call that a successful first TV season at Nerdophiles, though I pray The Legend of Korra doesn’t come back at the same time as Archer when I up my weekly recapped shows to six.
Second of all, I am super excited for Agent Carter to be a series. I jumped for joy while out for karaoke when I saw the news.The Agent Carter One-Shot is my favorite of the ones Marvel has released so far and seeing what happens after Howard Stark calls Peggy to help him run S.H.I.E.L.D has me shaking with anticipation even more now.
Of course, the announcement wasn’t even six hours old when I saw the competition complaining begin.
Competition complaining probably has a better term that I don’t know about, but it’s fairly common occurrence in the nerd community. It usually goes “How is [insert character here] getting a film/tv/solo series/whatever before [insert different character here]?” I know I’ve made that complaint a few times myself.
A common resident of the second bracket tends to be Wonder Woman. Despite being a part of the core DC Trinity, there has never been a full length film for the Amazon warrior. Not that there hasn’t been a lack of trying, with Joss Whedon attached to write and direct the project after Serenity came out and the failed TV show attempt a few years back. There’s just been a lot of resistance to Diana from Hollywood, claiming her story is too confusing and not as accessible due to the background of her being descended from Gods.
And yet Thor is a hit. Funny that.
I hate the fact that Wonder Woman doesn’t have a movie yet. It’s pretty worrisome that Warner Bros. will cast a Wonder Woman for the Man of Steel sequel and presumably the Justice League movie before getting her own feature.
However, the thing I hate more than that is the statement of “Why is Peggy Carter getting a TV series before Wonder Woman gets a movie?”
Or “Why is Peggy Carter getting a series before we get a Black Widow movie?”
Really, any version of that statement that essentially pits two women against each other.
Having women in media (especially women in genre media) can be something of an uphill battle sometimes. It’s a struggle for representation that isn’t one dimensional, obsessed with men, the single girl in a film full of dudes, or the “strong female character.” Even having a female lead can have the most confident of fans crossing their fingers and saying “Please don’t mess it up.”
The last thing any of us need when wanting more women in media is to pit properties against each other or act as if one is more worthy of being adapted before another. I’m sad that Warner Brothers and Marvel keep hemming and hawing on Wonder Woman and Black Widow movies for a fear of them not being accessible, but have faith in properties like The Flash and Guardians of the Galaxy. I wish every day that Carol Danvers will be the first superpowered woman in the MCU films, but fear the same hesitation from the studio. However, I am still all for Agent Carter and look forward to seeing what they do with the Jessica Jones series for Netflix. Because if there is enthusiasm for those series instead of pushback, maybe Marvel and DC will realize that women leads will sell a comic book movie or TV series just fine.
Complain all you want to about another goddamn Batman movie or the producers of The Amazing Spider-Man saying that Miles Morales will never be the cinematic Spider-Man. Just don’t act like there can only be room for one female character with her own series at a time.