Everyone’s all totally jazzed up by the new Avengers trailer, and really… why shouldn’t they be? It looks awesome.
HOWEVER, there is one bit that totally annoys me though is this shot 2mins into the trailer where all the Avengers assemble in a big sweeping heroic shot.
Everyone’s either got some kinda epic weapon in their hands: Thor has his hammer, Hawkeye has his uber-bow, Iron Man has the suit, Captain America has his shield, and Hulk… well basically his body is one giant green weapon.
But what about Black widow? She’s reloading what looks like a Glock… the same pistols that regular cops use. So what exactly does she hope to accomplish with that little pistol? If the soldier firing the .50 caliber machine gun in the beginning of the trailer is shown to be ineffective against the bad guys, what is her 9mm gun going to do? Why not carry something with a bit more bang, like an assault rifle?
So what exactly does she do in the team, aside from walking around in a tight black suit? Does she hope to distract Loki with her ass and cleavage? If so, maybe she should wear a metal bikini instead.
I guess it’ll take a bit longer before female superheroes can be just “superheroes” without being sexualized. I mean, check out this picture of the Avengers, with the male and female poses reversed.
I’m trying to think of female superheroes that have been portrayed without getting their sex appeal ramped up, and the only one I can think of in recent history is Hit Girl from Kick-Ass – but that was because she was incredibly young!