I wasn’t a huge superhero fan growing up. With the exception of the world of Batman, I didn’t know much about any of them. I didn’t read the comic books or play with the action figures, and not because I was female, but because it simply didn’t interest me.
Fast forward some years later and Spiderman hit the big screen (the Tobey Maguire version). I really liked that movie and the two that followed. Around 2008, the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) came out – Iron Man. My family watched that and all of the subsequent movies that followed. Again, I had no interest, so they often saw these without me.
Fast forward again to 2015. I start dating a huge Marvel “nerd” and it becomes clear that I’ll have to watch these movies because they are “awesome.” So, we do. By the time we get to the first Avengers movie, I’m hooked.
Aside from the fact that the story of each movie is very good, I enjoyed watching the characters develop. But I really started to get into them when I saw a stronger presence of female superheroes such as Black Widow, Shuri, Okoye, Scarlet Witch, Wasp, and Captain Marvel (my favorite). Finally, women were taking part in something bigger than themselves. They were smart, strategic, and strong (some even stronger than their male counterparts). They were literally saving the world!
Every woman has a female superhero. She may be alive or dead, historical or fictional, but she’s there. She inspires us, motivates us, and reminds us that the struggles we’ve faced are universal. More importantly, we have a superhero inside each of us waiting to come out. She confident, ambitious, and she’s got a hell of a lot to prove. She’s stronger than she knows. She fights for what she knows is right, no matter the cost. She’s brave, even when she’s scared. And she stands up for those who don’t have a voice.
Female superheros are another way to encourage confidence in young girls. They remind us that we can do anything if we put our mind to it and work hard even when it feels hopeless.
Unleash your inner superhero. Let her out. Stand tall. Stand proud. Fight for the greater good. And no matter how many times you fall down, get back up.