Please bear with me: while this movie — adapted by Jane Goodman & director Matthew Vaughn from the comic book The Secret Service created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, which really tells you all you need — looks to be all manner of run-of-the-mill white male wish fulfilment sameness, I’m wanting to draw attention to one of the supporting characters who gets something of a showcase from the 1:50 mark.
While not quite the sole token action chick — there appears to be a 2nd young woman in the stuent group — Gazelle is visibly a double amputee (though only digitally so). Some points for attempts at representation I guess, but doing a quick bit of googling turns up the fact that they’ve taken a black male villain and made them a (presumably) white female hero albeit played by a French-Algerian.
So fair warning: Millar has a deserved reputation for perpetuating some unappealing tropes in his writing that based on previous evidence the movie will quite likely cleave to. Whether or not that can be offset by any representative value you might find in this version of Gazelle is up to you.
Even mainstream media is starting to go WHAT THE FRILLY HOCKEY STICKS about the lack of female leads. DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT.
While they’ve got you thinking, maybe some non-white heroes in more prominent roles too, or do you want to wait until it’s so glaringly absurd that a national paper gets over the fear of discussing race to call you on that shit too?
[ Description: A photo from the set of Thor 2, showing Jaimie Alexander as Sif. She’s wearing a different more practical set of armour than in the first film, and is astride a black horse wearing its own light leather armour. She is in the middle of an encampment, and a number of Asgardian footsoldiers in their ornate helmets are visible around her. ]
While it’s cool and all that Sylvester Stallone is assembling some of the coolest action stars of the past 30 years, some have asked “Where are the ladies?” People like Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hamilton, Michelle Rodriguez, Pam Grier and Lucy Liu? Well it looks like such a movie just might happen…
[ Description: A film poster for a movie called “Nun of That” about nuns with guns taking on the mob. The top two thirds show a single nun with an automatic next to the tagline “With Sister Kelly on the street… the Mob don’t have a prayer.” Beneath her is the title, the credits and three more armed nuns, including one woman of colour. ]
Scarlett’s stunt trainning for her role as Black Widow in Iron Man2
“Scarlett hadn’t really done an action role.And she assured me that she would work as hard as she needed to both get in sharp and do her stunts and learn all that stuff.She spent hours and hours and hours for months.By far the most dedicated actor when it came to stunt work and the physical work.” - Jon Favreau:Director&co-star