Marvel Comics announced today that the Earth’s Mightiest Heroines will replace the Avengers this May for Secret Wars. Fan favorites like She-Hulk, Dazzler, Medusa and Nico Minoru star in the badass, crime-fighting “A-Force”, a monthly series written by G. Willow Wilson (creator of Ms. Marvel) and Marguerite Bennett and drawn by Jorge Molina. Marvel purposefully implemented a diverse cast of women for A-Force, even including a new character, Singularity, a cosmically charged superhero. What makes Singularity so unique is she does not have any real gender, but chooses to be female—a subtle note on society’s confliction with gender neutrality.
“We've purposefully assembled a team composed of different characters from disparate parts of the Marvel U, with very different power sets, identities and ideologies.” Wilson said in a statement.
The Secret Wars launch finds the Marvel Universe disbanded and the Avengers gone. Under the peril of destruction, the A-Force unites in a triumphantly epic, girls-kicking-butt counter-universe that can only be described (as Wilson so perfectly does) as a “feminist paradise.”
This stretch for diversity comes as a breath of fresh air for the entertainment world and sigh of relief from the feminist community when so many female roles are narrowly conceived and male-driven.
Yet the big bust here is why does it take a whole group of testosterone-raging superheroes to be completely wiped from the universe to finally have women take the spotlight? Are women only allowed to take charge when there are no men left? Hmm…