For this week's edition, I wanna tackle these two Avenging ladies.
One is a founding member. The other is in the movie.
|From Black Widow and the Marvel Girls|
Both debuted during the opening salvo that heralded the age of Marvels.
Of course I can just as easily be describing Marvel's flagship character, but what I've come to realize recently is that these two ladies occupied a certain niche position that Marvel didn't define for their first few female characters like Susan Storm or Jean Grey. Rather, their roles in the grand scheme of things were originally set by DC, not necessarily for female characters, and that's what makes them interesting.
First let's look at the Wasp.
|From United They Stand|
Sure, she debuted as a heroine, but not in the way that Marvel, at the time, placed them: As the doting, more powerful paramour of the leader in a team.
|Figures from the Toy Biz original Avengers boxed set|
And Janet Van Dyne had to be all that for Hank Pym.
Now let's look at the Black Widow.
|From Earth's Mightiest Heroes|
|From the upcoming movie|
In this light, all the roles that the Wasp played for Ant-man fall on Hawkeye.
|From Ultimate Avengers|
As for the Scarlet Witch, well, her character development is very Marvel. Just like the Invisible Woman and Phoenix, she was the all-powerful token female member, beginning with the villainous Brotherhood, then with the second wave of Avengers along with Hawkeye and Captain America. In both instances, her twin brother Quicksilver was with her. He may not be the leader of either groups nor her paramour, but he still fits the role of overly protective male like a glove.
|The first three lady Avengers!|
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For a related entry, please check out my post in my previous blog where I argue that the Invisible Woman is possibly Marvel's Wonder Woman.