‘Women of Marvel’ Celebrates Women’s History Month

Mar 3, 2015 at 3:32 pm |

The Marvel gaming universe is celebrating Women’s History Month in a way that’s about to have everybody talking: by introducing tons of updated, playable female characters to the scene.

While the world of comic books and their varied spinoffs on television and film may not be the most representative of women and minorities, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has stepped up its game over the past few years with the inclusion of Black Widow in The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, various S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in The Avengers and the eponymous TV show, Nebula and Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, and, more recently, Agent Peggy Carter (introduced in 2011’s Captain America and now starring on her own TV show, Agent Carter).

Then, what started as a campaign of variant covers turned into something much more significant. In a podcast about the Women of Marvel on January 30, a project focusing on female leads in Marvel and female artists in general was announced. A total of 21 alternate covers drawn by women artists would balance out the machismo of the superhero world and show of some super girl power. Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said,

Marvel now has more titles starring female leads than ever before, the Women of Marvel panel is one of the most highly attended at conventions, and the weekly Women of Marvel podcast continues to grow. In 2015, we intend to continue that tradition, and March’s Women of Marvel variant covers — featuring 20 of the best female artists in the industry – is just the beginning.

After the campaign took off, it became much more than just cover art and turned into what will soon be a playable reality. Bill Rosemann, creative director of Marvel Games, discussed how the original idea turned into a collaboration that will now have a diverse cast of female heroes be available in myriad RPG, free-to-play, mobile, online, and other platforms of games. Some of these characters include Squirrel Girl, She-Hulk, and Spider-Girl, among others.

The big push towards gender equality will also include a reimagining of female superheroes’ costumes, drifting somewhat from exploitative sexuality and focusing more on comfort and practicality.

All of this might come as a big change for long-time fans of Marvel comics, but something tells us these women will still be as bada$$ as always.

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