Women of Marvel: Straight talk from real-life superheroes behind the blockbusters

CNET | 3/11/2019 | Caitlin Petrakovitz,
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Victoria Alonso knows firsthand what progress looks like.

Last Halloween, her 8-year-old daughter dressed up as the Wasp, a female superhero who was featured in last summer's blockbuster Ant-Man and The Wasp.

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That's notable because there haven't been a whole lot of women superheroes at the movies -- until recently. DC Comics' Wonder Woman paved the way in 2017, earning more than $821 million in theaters.

As executive vice president of production, Alonso, along with a growing crew of female directors, production designers, costume designers and cinematographers, is working to diversify the role models we see on screen. Their goal: to inspire kids of all genders to think differently about what a superhero looks like.

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"I think children should have a choice," says Alonso, who's been at Marvel Studios since 2006. "Sometimes we are lucky enough to be the ones to create the choices for them."

Victoria Alonso and Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Iron Man 3.

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We're seeing more of the choices she's created now that Marvel -- one of Hollywood's most influential film studios -- has released Captain Marvel, the 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first in the franchise to feature a woman as the solo lead. Oscar winner Brie Larson plays Carol Danvers, a former US Air Force fighter pilot with superhuman abilities. The movie is co-directed and co-written by a woman, Anna Boden, and it features music written by the first female composer of a superhero film's soundtrack, Pinar Toprak.

"Just seeing a character who says how she feels and says what's on her mind and doesn't let people stand in her way is incredibly empowering," Larson told Entertainment Weekly in September.

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To make a lasting difference, though, Captain Marvel needed to rely on more than a kickass female lead and a story shaped by a female director's...
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