Americans love superheroes. They love movies about them, TV shows about them, comic books about them, etc. There were...
Americans love superheroes. They love movies about them, TV shows about them, comic books about them, etc. There were nine films about superheroes in 2018 alone! From 2019-2022, there are over 40 superhero films scheduled. Why?
In the 1980s, the first three ‘Superman’ films starring the late Christopher Reeve were released. After the 1983 release of the third film was not a success, Hollywood hesitated to continue with the genre. There were only 8 superhero/comic book films released between 1983 and 1989. In the early 1990s, however, Hollywood took a chance with the ‘Batman’ franchise. The genre started to gain momentum.
Hollywood made more and more films about superheroes. There are seven films (to date) just about Spider-man! There was the trilogy with Tobey Maguire, the two-part series with Andrew Garfield, the most recent live-action film starring Tom Holland and the animated feature, ‘Spider-man: into the Spider-verse’. There is also a sequel to ‘Spider-man: Homecoming’ coming out this year.
In general, the films follow storylines that are close to the comic books – especially in terms of gender – at least until now. On Friday, March 8th, the new ‘Captain Marvel’ film was released. For the first time, the principal role of Captain Marvel (a man in the comic series) is played by a woman, actress Brie Larson.
My question: did Marvel choose to release that film on March 8th deliberately? Because March 8th, 2019, was the celebration of International Women’s Day (WD). WD started in 1909 in New York, and officially named ‘International Women’s Day’ (IWD) in 1911. From 1917-1995, IWD was celebrated almost exclusively in communist countries. In 1996, the United Nations recognized it as an official holiday (although for most countries it is not a day off from work). After 10 years, the UN started designating a theme for each year. In 2011, over 100 countries participated in celebrating the 100th anniversary of IWD, and more countries have begun to celebrate it as a holiday from work, like Germany did for the first time this year.
The question of the correlation between the release of ‘Captain Marvel’ and IWD remains a mystery – but any way you look at it, this gives young women and girls another strong woman to admire.
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