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In Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’, Women Control the Narrative | Women’s History Month

In Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’, Women Control the Narrative | Women’s History Month
Photo: 'WandaVision'/Disney+ Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’ does something unprecedented in the superhero genre; it caters to the Female Gaze. What is the Female Gaze, you might ask? Well, in general terms, it is the effort to appeal to a female audience. Think how superhero films usually appeal to the Male Gaze – with scantily clad female heroes, whose sexual prowess are highlighted in objectifying, revealing shots. Even female-led films such as Wonder Woman fall victim to this sensibility – with Gal Gadot being the epitome of beauty standards, flawlessly untouched in battle. Not to excuse Marvel; they’re guilty of this too. Just last year, they were criticized for killing off Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, the only original female Avenger, just as she was starting to get a more three-dimensional stake in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The superhero genre is defined by its male audience – whether that be through story or aesthetics.
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