daredevil villains

Daredevil: Boy who was blinded gains super senses and his hyper awareness becomes his super power.

Jessica Jones: Abuse victim becomes the strongest woman in the city and even builds an immunity to mind control.

Luke Cage: Was wrongly incarcerated and the side effects of illegal experiments turns him into a bullet proof black man protecting Harlem.

Iron Fist: Asian-American torn between escaping stereotypes and feeling estranged from his culture, discovers he’s from a long line of mystical martial arts masters and gains the ability to use his chi to save the world.

Iron Fist: White boy can do Asian thing better than Asians

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“ I was thinking about a story from the Bible. There was a man. He was travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho… when he was set upon by men of ill intent. They stripped the traveller of his clothes, they beat him, and they left him bleeding in the dirt. And a priest happened by… saw the traveller. But he moved to the other side of the road and continued on. And then a Levite, a religious functionary, he… came to the place, saw the dying traveller. But he too moved to the other side of the road, passed him by. But then came a man from Samaria, a Samaritan, a good man. He saw the traveller bleeding in the road and he stopped to aid him without thinking of the circumstance or the difficulty it might bring him. He did this simply because the traveller was his neighbour. He loved his city and all the people in it.  I always thought that I was the Samaritan in that story.


(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h3m7B4v6Zc)


Interesting how men like Robert Downey Jr, Don Cheadle, Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, and Paul Rudd have no problem playing superheroes in their 40s and 50s but women of the same age are hard-pressed to be anything but a mom or a villain.

I think the mom thing is fairly well-known at this point, but I was honestly taken by surprise when I actually sat down and started thinking about how many superhero shows and movies cast “older” women as villains. consider: Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney (Gotham), Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard (Luke Cage), Cate Blanchett as Hela (Thor: Ragnarok), Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen (Arrow), Wai Ching Ho as Madame Gao (Daredevil), Sigourney Weaver’s mystery villain (Marvel’s Defenders), Viola Davis as Amanda Waller (Suicide Squad), and Carrie-Ann Moss as Jeryn Hogarth (Jessica Jones). (Waller and Hogarth aren’t outright villains, sure, but they’re definitely amoral and aren’t meant to be pleasant, sympathetic people.)

And none of this is to suggest that there’s anything wrong with women, of any age, playing villains! But I have to wonder why this trend is so prevalent. There are definitely some exceptions - Ming-Na Wen on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Halle Berry’s later portrayals of Storm, and if we want to include non-fighty characters then we also had Calista Flockhart on Supergirl and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, before both of their characters got dropped - but for the most part, there’s a complete aversion to seeing women over 40 as heroes - even when there’s actually a good reason for them to be

A lot of this comes down to sex appeal, and the perceived importance thereof. Men get to be heroic and fun and interesting at any age, but once a woman gets past her sexy years she gets to be maternal or evil. It’s frustratingly limiting, and it’s an issue that deserves more attention. 

  • Me before watching Jessica Jones: OK, this show will probably be great, but how the hell are they going to top Wilson Fisk?
  • Jessica Jones: *gives us Kilgrave*
  • Me: Huh. You topped Fisk. Nice.
  • Me before watching Luke Cage: OK, there is no way they can top Kilgrave. I may as well accept that now.
  • Luke Cage: *gives us Mariah and Shades*