The Problem of Women in Superhero Movies

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Via Alyssa Rosenberg, here's Emily Blunt sounding smart:

Usually the female parts in a superhero film feel thankless: She's the pill girlfriend while the guys are whizzing around saving the world. I didn't do the other ones because the part wasn't very good or the timing wasn't right, but I'm open to any kind of genre if the part is great and fun and different and a challenge in some way. I would love to do a comic-book movie or a science-fiction film that would scare the bejesus out of me. Maybe I need to be James Bond! I just did Looper, because it's so original and breathtakingly cool. The time-travel aspect is just a backdrop to visit this heightened world, where you're atoning for something and attempting to be more than you've been.

This is a shame first because Blunt is a great actress, and second because her name is "Emily Blunt." That is the perfect super-hero name. Frankly, I'd love to see Emily Blunt as She-Hulk. I'm totally not kidding. I'm dying for a (good) She-Hulk movie. Maybe it can be what the Hulk should have been. 

And yet when I went searching for images for this post, it immediately became clear why the only upcoming She-Hulk movie is being produced by Vivid.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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