She-Hulk as a concept quickly moved away from being a standard application of the “female version of a male superhero” trope to exploring the nature of alter-egos in a rather funny, fourth-wall-breaking way (way before Deadpool, we may add). This concept seems like it’d be prime for a movie adaptation eventually, particularly with the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s tone, and now a director who has had a lot of experience with Doctor Who wants to give it a shot.
Tank Girl director Rachel Talalay recently sat down with Vice to talk about sexism in Hollywood and celebrated the success of Wonder Woman as a strong signal for progress in the industry to address her concerns. Talalay was at one point rumored to be on the shortlist to direct Captain Marvel, and though she never got into talks with Marvel, she does have a character in mind if she ever gets a chance to direct an MCU feature:
“I have such a strong vision of what She-Hulk should be. The difference between She-Hulk and Hulk is that she loved being She-Hulk. She was the Tank Girl of earlier days in terms of being able to say what she wanted, and when she became She-Hulk, it was like an opening of the door to freedom, to be the person that you wish you could be. That you’re stopped from being as a woman. And that’s the version of She-Hulk that I would love to embrace.”
Considering Wonder Woman‘s historic success, it’s incredibly likely that Marvel’s post-Phase 3 plans (which they aren’t ready to reveal just yet) are going to have a greater amount of representation in them than they would have without Wonder Woman breaking new ground on that front. Whether or not Talalay gets her wish to be in the director’s chair, She-Hulk seems like an ideal, feminist property to explore the largely-untapped realm of superheroines on film.
7 Things Marvel Can Learn From ‘Wonder Woman’
Ever since 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been shaping the way that Superhero films are being made. While comics were certainly a popular resource to pull from, the MCU has pushed the superhero genre into the mainstream and causing studios to make bigger and bigger movies every single year. This accelerated launch into the superhero genre from nearly every studio has given rise to DC making their mark to have a cinematic universe as well. While the previous DC Extended Universe films have had little critical success, Wonder Woman was released to big box office and high critical reception. This film did a lot of things differently, but found a perfect blend of action, comedy, and hopeful inspiration. It broke ground in representation as well as in superhero film quality. Marvel has made some great films, but there is a lot that they can learn and be taking notes of.
Here are 7 things Marvel can learn from Wonder Woman. There will be some spoilers ahead.
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