Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel: The formidable female superhero we've been waiting for

 

Last week, the brand new Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel movie had its first all-star gala screening, and girls all over the world have a new female hero to look up to.

It's no secret that in fiction, films and the media strong female role models have been in short supply historically – not because there aren't women doing amazing things, but because the narrative has typically centred around men.

The Hollywood movie machine is always under public scrutiny, but pressure has increased enormously over the last couple of years as the #MeToo and Time's Up movements have cast a glaring spotlight on the systemic sexism in film. As part of that, we've all started to notice how few female superheroes there are, and how the ones we do have are often presented simplistically, sexually, or as supporting characters to the men.

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