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Joe Quesada of Marvel was there, however, and Ain’t it Cool News was as well. And here’s what Joe had to say to the reporter about Marvel’s female characters:
In a chat afterwards, Joe told me that he’d love to make a tentpole movie with a female lead, but that he really doesn’t think there is an actress right now who could carry it, or a character that would work either. I’m thinking I might agree with him on this one actually.
I’m impressed with how Quesada managed to marginalize both female actors and female characters in one fell swoop.
So how accurate is he? What about Marvel female characters? With Marvel unfortunately most of their female characters are in team books so they have very few iconic female characters at the level of Spider-Man and Wolverine. But isn’t that a bit of a chicken and egg? There are not iconic characters because most of the female characters kept in team books?
But does the character have to be iconic? Can’t good marketing make ANY character with a good actress into a hit? Iconic characters guarantee nothing if the actor and writing suck (coughGreenLanterncough).
What Marvel character and Hollywood actress do you think could be prove Quesada wrong? (And remember she’ll hopefully get three tries like the Hulk to get it right!)