As The Avengers press tour continues, the cast is continuing to make headlines. Only this time in a very positive way!
Mark Ruffalo, aka the Incredible Hulk, and Scarlett Johansson, aka Black Widow, were finishing up their final interviews before the premier. During the Cosmo interview, Ruffalo answered all the clichéd and sexist questions usually aimed at Scarlett.
It’s no secret that inequality is a huge issue throughout the country, throughout the world even. And Hollywood is no exception. Interviews are the most obvious form of inequality toward women in Hollywood. Men are asked about the project or upcoming projects or acting techniques, while women are asked about weight loss or beauty tips or the dreaded “what are you wearing?”
In fact, Marvel has recently been called out for being sexist by their very own Mark Ruffalo. That’s right, the Incredible Hulk is angry that Marvel has not produced enough Black Widow merchandise…and you wouldn’t want to see him when he’s angry.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 29, 2015
Although…the superhero department has made strides toward equality for women, it clearly isn’t enough. Marvel recently hired two female writers for the Captain Marvel and Superwoman is currently being filmed, but there is a long way to go.
Black Widow has appeared in Iron Man and Captain America, along with the two Avengers movies. Her character has evolved into a strong female lead, and now fans are calling for her own stand alone movie.
— tierney bricker (@tbrick2) May 1, 2015
— Heroic Girls (@HeroicGirls) April 28, 2015
Social media is calling for a reform in the superhero genre. Even director Joss Whedon is frustrated by the lack of female superhero property. In an interview with Digital Spy, Whedon said:
“It’s a phenomenon in the industry that we call ‘stupid people’. There is genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned quiet misogyny that goes on. You hear ‘Oh, [female superheroes] don’t work because of these two bad ones that were made eight years ago’… there’s always an excuse.”
Social media allows people to voice their opinions in a very public way. Because of this, filmmakers are making strives to fit popular opinion. Hopefully, the outrage fans have because of the sexism in the superhero genre, we will see a change in the near future. Se