Remember when RLM did their awesome Phantom Menace review? Out of a number of smart observations, the smartest HAD to have been the amazing sequence where they break down why the Phantom Menace characters sorta stink while the original trilogy…
You know, it took me two viewings, but I finally got into Gamora. At first, I was angry by the end: this isn’t the Gamora of the comics. Gamora is a boss bitch, a badass, a walking, talking, living weapon of destruction who wouldn’t be taken down by a human and a raccoon with a pet tree. Nope. She is the epitome of La Femme Nikita In Space, and she is deadly with those knives. Of course, Gamora began as a villain in the comics, and eventually became a hero, albeit one that still slices and dices better than the Ninja Turtles. Still, her portrayal in the film was far weaker and much more soft than her predecessor in the comics; I was shocked. And even though I’ve come around and can accept how she is in the films, I was super disappointed that we didn’t have the chilling, violent badass who comes around and finds herself. I mean, in the prison scene alone — ugh. The fact that she was captured, I just — ugh. That’s just not Gamora from the comics. I get it, I get it, it’s an adaptation. But come on Marvel, this is your new space franchise. This is your Black Widow in Space! Black Widow wouldn’t have been captured like that, so why Gamora?
A lot of the comments I’ve gotten come across like I’m attacking the character - I’m not. I like her a lot. But any time a martial arts lady shows up, I worry if she’s going to basically be defined only by her ability to kick ass.
Had they made her absolutely terrifying, I think that would have been super cool, especially if it went far enough that she started to freak out the audience. I’m not sure it’s realistic to expect Marvel to put a lady character into a movie who isn’t at least part damsel or romantic interest. That’s kinda the problem. I think Black Widow dodges that by virtue of the people making the movies she is in.
And…why are there only two prominent super heroines in Marvel franchises again? And they are only in teams of at least five, and they’re both the only lady? Someone make Runaways or a Captain Marvel movie, pls.
Fingers crossed that, in the sequel, the filmmakers give her great things to do that don’t involve being rescued or romancing Quill.