On Feb. 6, Marvel Comics introduced an all girl Avengers team known as the “A-Force”, while an all-female cast for a new “Ghostbusters” reboot was also announced in the same month.
Since the announcement of the all-female “Ghostbusters” cast, some fans and moviegoers have been scratching their heads about how the reboot will win over modern audiences.
“They just better call it ‘LADY Ghostbusters’ so people know what they’re walking into. Wouldn’t want irate ticket-buyers asking for refunds,” soncharm (@soncharm) tweeted.
The idea of having a female version of “Ghostbusters” arose when Paul Feig, the director of the new “Ghostbusters” movie, had a meeting with Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal.
Feig and Pascal both had reached the conclusion that the remaining original cast of “Ghostbusters” (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson) wouldn’t be interested in doing the film. Also cited, due to the 25-year gap since the first film came out, it would be difficult to resume the story-line.
“My favorite thing to do is work with funny women. I was like, what if it was an all female cast? If they were all women? Suddenly, my mind kind of exploded: that would be really fun,” said Feig, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“A-Force”, which will be taking the place of the Avengers comic series, which will be ending in May 2015. She-Hulk, Medusa, Dazzler and several more will be seen in this new comic.
“More women in film is always a good thing, but it also matters in how these female characters are treated,” said Dianna Lefevre, a Lewis and Clark Community College Women in Literature Professor. “Hollywood has a tendency to get a good idea and then execute it in a rather bad way. So, if these new films that prominently feature women portray women as fully rounded human beings who also have some pretty kick-ass abilities, that would be a win all the way around.”
With that said, the “A-Force” and the “Ghostbusters” can be seen as the beginning of a new era for female roles in film and entertainment.
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