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Marvel have done wonders with embracing diversity. They have also acknowledged that female superheros are just as important as their male counterparts. This is the right move as I love Jane Foster as Thor, Kamala Khan as Ms Marvel and Spectrum. However they are individual based. A-Force is the first time that you have an all-female team. It's a move that not only is positive but dilutes the image that female superheros are just sex symbols or heroines. A-Force is a well organised, well drilled unit. It has its leader in She-Hulk and second in command Medusa. Nearly all of the Marvel female roster will eventually appear.

She-Hulk leader of A-Force.
Medusa. Second in command of A-Force.

Having an all female team can be seen as to extreme. It can be construed as "trying too hard to be less sexist". But I disagree. I think that it's about time this has happened. Just like Marvel have acknowledged ethnic minority superheroes. They have done it with the female roster in a positive way. Society are use to teams being (if not all) male. Look at the history of media in the movies, tv or comics. Ghostbusters was an all male team. (The [Ghostbusters (2016)](tag:32733) remake will be all-female!) A-Team was all male. Original Avengers was all male. The original Mission Impossible series...were all male. This has always been the way. Women at that time were only in these shows for a "sexual" element. They are basically the love interest of the main character and that's it. But the industry was just as sexist as it was racist.

This is why I am in total admiration for Marvel. They are pinpointing the true demographics of society. Marvels message about A-Force is that women are not just sex objects, or less brave than a man, or not as smart for Infact they are. Women are equal to men. That includes the superhero world.

A-force is written by G.Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett. A-force takes place following the Secret Wars story. This crossover events leads to alack teams to be disbanded. Soon the A-Force form in a place called Arcadia. Bennett wanted to pursue the all female team with a hint of realism...

It's this world where the Marvel heroines are leaders in their own civilization. I really didn't want to have some kind of validating reason... So I didn't want to do anything like, "all the men disappeared years ago" or "ever since all the menfolk were killed in that war" or something like that. There are men—there are heroes there. You'll see familiar faces and favorites, but the heroines are in charge, by majority. It's just this is how their world evolved. They were competent. They were clever and they were the ones in charge because of their skills and they were the best fit for these roles and demands of their world.

Marguerite Bennett.

That statement is spot on. I love the way the story has developed. I think Wilson and Bennett are very smart in starting a team that demolishes female stereotypes in comic.

A-Force battling Marvel Zombies.

Wilson stated that putting the team together purposefully so one hero compliments the other. Each character is as important as the other.

This an opportunity to put people who would normally have no reason to interact with each other on one team... I want people whose power sets really build on each other so that there are specific limitations that can only become overcome by working together. Nobody's so overpowered that it gets boring and nobody's so underpowered that they have to be saved all the time. I wanted a balance visually and practically... What's also going to be interesting is working out the power structure of the group. You have several people on it who are used to being either their own bosses or in a leadership position, and all of a sudden they're together.

G. Willow Wilson.

A-Force certainly has some challenging times ahead. However, with a team always comes obstacles. I just hope that in reality people do not judge the team as a feminist touch. Because A-Force is more than that.


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