Marvel's Cinematic Universe is shaping up to be the high standard every other forthcoming one will have to follow. The collection of films detailing the adventures of Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, and now Spider-Man...again, have brought the box office out of its slump and into the future. Going through all of these films, I've noticed a few particular things that really could use some clearing up as Marvel moves into the next phase. And as they do so, I highly encourage them to take a look at this piece and come to terms with why Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman, needs to be a part of that plan moving forward.
Female Heroes of The MCU: There Should Be More of Them
Scarlett Johanssen has done a phenomenal job bringing Black Widow to life. I mean, beyond incredible. She's sexy, she's intelligent, and most of all, she's beyond deadly. However, her constant objectification and lack of female counterparts in her line of work leave something to be desired. Sure, now they have Scarlet Witch to lend a hand and break up the sausage fest that is The Avengers, it's just not enough. They still need someone a little more down to earth, someone who brings something to the table that we've all been missing but not something we've seen time and time again. I believe Spider-Woman is this hero. It also helps that Jessica Drew, like Black Widow, at one time is an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Elephant In The Room: I Really Could Not Care Less About Another Spider-Man movie....
Spider-Man is the only comic book movie franchise that can say it's been rebooted twice in less than half a decade. The original trilogy, starring Tobey Maguire as the titular hero was an alright start and along with FOX's X-Men, helped kickstart the superhero movie trend. After Maguire's third outing that became a complete travesty to the franchise, Sony put the web-slinging hero to sleep for a few years. Andrew Garfield picked up the reigns for two outings, one more successful than the other. He was cast aside after scathing reviews of part two, bad acting from co-stars, and the terrible scripts.This resulted in placing the planned part three of The Amazing Spider-Man six feet under. Now that Marvel has reacquired their wisecracking smartmouth teenage hero, they hope to do what the previous films could not and produce a worthwhile effort that everyone will want to see. Again. Personally, I agree with Moviepilot creator, Isaak Whiteaker on his Miles Morales post that you can view here. From my perspective, however, it doesn't go far enough. We need a complete change in everything from story to hero to gender. It's time.
Spider-Woman Doesn't Rule Out Spider-Man
It's not as if she takes on the mantle. Spider-Woman has her own unique story about how she got her powers. She has her own attitude, she has her own distinct costume, and she has certain powers that Peter Parker does not. Not to mention, some of her villains just completely destroy some of his. And using her in the MCU does not rule out using either Parker's or Morale's version, it just adds a little more diversity to the character. Hell, Marvel could even take the opportunity they've been granted with their new Spider-Man movie to introduce both Jessica Drew and Miles Morales. It would certainly be a breath of fresh air from the former two franchises.
Emma Watson Would Be Perfect to Play Her!
Is there anything Emma Watson can't do? I don't think so. Her time as Hermione Granger through ten years and eight films of Harry Potter surely prove her worth to put on this costume. She's got an excellent attitude, she's been fighting for female equality in the workplace, and she's just so damn lovable. Who doesn't want to see Emma Watson play a superhero?
Okay, so I know I'm not alone in this whole sick of Spider-Man thing going on. There are tons of people who would rather watch Ant-Man three hundred times in a day than sit through another Spider-Man flick. So, let's change it up, Marvel. Bring a little girl power into this thing. What have you got to lose?