how many MCU movies pass the Bechdel test

The Bechdel test  is a method for evaluating the portrayal of women in fiction. It was created by Alison Bechdel in 1985.

The test has only three requirements

  1. The movie has to have at least two women in it,
  2. who talk to each other,
  3. about something besides a man.

I am always curious to see If a movie passes this test, but I never really got deep research. I decided to first turn my investigation towards the MCU. The Marvel Cinematic universe has grown to be one of the highest grossing and most succesful film franchises of all time. It just seemed natural to start our ‘Is the movie sexist’ series.

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The Incredible Hulk (2008) Untitled-12-512

Fail. There really isn’t any named female character besides Betty.

Iron Man (2008) Untitled-12-512

Fail. Pepper and the journalist had a conversation, but it was about Tony.

Iron Man 2 (2010)Tick_Mark_Dark-512

Pass. Natasha and Pepper talk briefly about business.

Thor (2011) Tick_Mark_Dark-512

Pass. Jane and Darcy talk about physics for a bit, but mostly they talk about Thor.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Untitled-12-512

Fail. There is only one named female character Peggy Carter.

The Avengers (2012) Untitled-12-512

There are three named female characters (though Maria Hill is only known as Agent Hill). They never talk to each other though.

Iron Man 3 (2013) Tick_Mark_Dark-512

Pass. Pepper and Maya briefly talk about her work.

Thor: The Dark World (2013) Tick_Mark_Dark-512

Pass. In this film there are four named female characters: Jane, Darcy, Frida, Sif.  Jane and Darcy and Jane and Frigga talk about science together.

Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014) Tick_Mark_Dark-512

Pass. Hill and Natasha talk about the bullet that killed Fury.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Tick_Mark_Dark-512

Pass. Nebula and Gamora talk at the beginning about who should bring the orb to the blue guy. (???)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Tick_Mark_Dark-512

Dubious Pass. Natasha does have a conversation with Madame B at the red center in a flashback scene, but the madame was only named in the credits so it doesn’t count. Natasha does have a brief conversation with Laura about the sex of her baby. So technically it passes, only just.

Ant- Man (2015) Untitled-12-512

Fail. There are only two named female characters in the film and they don’t talk to each other. Scott’s ex-wife Maggie talks to her daughter for a bit, but I only count grown women for this test.

Captain America: Civil War (2016) Untitled-12-512

Fail. Natasha and Wanda don’t talk to each other throughout the movie. There is also aunt May, but she only talks to Tony and Peter.

Doctor Strange (2016) Untitled-12-512

Fail. There are only two named female characters in this movie: Christine and the Antient One (yes, I count that as a name), but they don’t even meet in the movie.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2017) Tick_Mark_Dark-512

Pass. Gamora and The Sovereign talk for a bit.

Spider- Man: Homecoming (2017) Untitled-12-512

Fail. There are three named female characters in the movie: aunt May, MJ and Liz, but they don’t talk to each other.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Untitled-12-512

Fail. There are two-three named female characters in the movie: Hela and Valkyrie, but, you guessed it, they don’t talk to each other.

Black Panther (2018) Tick_Mark_Dark-512

Pass. There are several named female characters and they do talk to each other, although it is mostly about T’challa.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Untitled-12-512

Fail. There are several named female character in this movie, and surprisingly they don¨t talk to each other.

Ant- Man and the Wasp (2018)Tick_Mark_Dark-512

Pass. I don¨t want to give out any spoilers about the movie, since I haven’t even seen it yet, but apparently Hope and her mother talk a bit about science.

 

Out of 20 movies 10 of them pass the Bechdel test. The Bechdel test only requirs a bare minimum. Just named female characters talking about something other than a man. That’s it. And still ten of these movies don’t even have that. Some of them like both Guardians or Age of Ultron barely even pass. In those movies that pass the women have usually only single brief conversation together. Or If they do talk about each other it is mostly about the men. I’m not saying, that the movies who fail this test are sexist, nor am I saying the movies that pass it are feminist. Captain America: The First Avenger has a marvellous (haha) female character in Peggy Carter and still it doesn’t pass. In Ragnarok there are two badass ladies, but the movie doesn’t pass. What I’m trying to say is The Bechdel test is not enough to determine if the movie is sexist, but it is the minimum. Women deserve to see movies with female characters in them. In this day and age, how are there still movies which do not pass these minimal requests? I say fuck you Hollywood, give women more space in your films! it’s really not that much to ask.

dear James Cameron, don’t

I was thinking about Avatar the other night, well not the film, but the brilliant SNL sketch with Ryan Gosling, so I watched it again. After I watched it for the fifth time that night, something downed on me. I’ve seen the video dozens of times, but it felt like I finally realized the words being spoken for the first time. Are they really going to make Avatar 2? I wasn’t sure, because like most people I don’t give a fuck about Avatar. Quick google search confirmed my darkest worries. Not only they will make a sequel, they will make four sequels!!! I stared at the phone with confusion and fear. Really James Cameron, really?

the blue dude

So, Avatar. The highest-grossing film of all time. Yet not a single person I ever met in my entire life considers it to be their favourite movie. Let me ask you this. What is the plot of Avatar? I don’t know and I’ve seen it twice!

From what I can remember it is about US (??) military invading some planet to get to their oil (they do that sometimes) or watermelons or something. Then there is a soldier in a wheelchair and he gets to be a spy by looking like the other aliens?? There is Zoe Saldana somewhere in all this?? I think she and the military dude fall in love and then some shit goes down between the natives and the americans. The end? I don’t know. I don’t even know how long the movie is, but every time I watched it felt like four hours.

Even though I was able to remember some of the plot, there is no way I remember a single characters name, or anything spoken in the film. That tells you a lot.

Recently Avengers: Infinity War surpassed the $2 billion mark at the global box office. Only three previous movies were able to do that. Titanic, Force Awakens and Avatar. I could write essays about the three other movies, I could write fanfics, I could make fanart I would (and I have) watch them more than once. But Avatar? If I don’t see that movie for the rest fo my life I will be a happy person.

Why then does James Cameron think it is a good idea to make four sequels? The truth is, that people will probably go see the first one, but by the time the 4th rolls around most of them will be bored with it and have long since realized, that those movies are not that special. The first one surprised everyone with the CGI and technology and whatever, but it lacked what movies need most. A good story, memorable characters, quotable dialogue and a heart. It’s not just about it looking pretty.

And before you’re gonna scream at me how Avatar is a good movie know that I never said it is not. It could be great movie, it could be a garbage movie, but I don’t remember anything about it. In my book that does make it a bad movie. So, yeah I said it. Feel free to scream at me. Films should make you feel something. Even If it’s a bad feeling. A film, that does not make you feel anything doesn’t deserve four sequels. You may quote me on that.

MCU Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

For a long time I wondered if I should write an individual review for each film, but then I decided against it. Everyone at this point has done that. So instead of me analyzing each film I thought I could make a list and rank them. Please note that this list is based on my opinions only. Feel free to comment if you disagree with me, I would love to hear your opinions. The only film that won’t be ranked is Guardians Of The Galaxy vol. 2 since I have not seen it yet.

The ones I Don’t Like

Those are the films I just cannot stand for one reason or another.

The Incredible Hulk

This movie is just boring from start to finish. We get the origin story in the first few minutes through opening titles. After that we follow Bruce Banner as he runs from the government. I love Ed Norton, but his performance here is underwhelming. There is no connection to the character for me. When we first see Elizabeth with another man I know I should care, I should be sad, angry and feel sorry for Bruce, but the movie didn’t do anything to make me care about their relationship. Little montage at the beginning of the movie simply won’t do. The Hulk looks ugly, every time he’s on-screen the movie gets somehow more boring and I always get a headache while watching it. I really, really hate this movie.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

I know, this movie is usually at the top of everyone’s list and I know why. The movie is good, the performances are great, it is funny, the visuals are amazing, but I still don’t like it. It is a mystery for me, because it has all the things I love: set in space, Chris Pratt, humor, action, superheroes. I just don’t like it. I’ve seen it twice, each time it was really difficult to get through to the end. I didn’t connect to any of the characters and by the time Groot sacrificed himself at the end I simply didn’t care. Unlike Incredible Hulk this movie is good I just can’t get into it.

Iron Man 3

You know it’s funny that two Iron Man movies are in this category, Iron Man being my favourite MCU superhero. This movie is just pointless. If you watch all of the MCU movies and skip this one, nothing will happen. Tony deals with PTSD, that is the only interesting part of the movie. RDJ’s performance is perfect as always and the highlight of the movie. So Tony decides to quit being a superhero and destroys all of his suits. Except he doesn’t, he’s right back saving lives in the next Avengers. The movie changed nothing. The action without the suit is okay, but doesn’t stand out. Pepper is annoying as fuck and we see her again in Spider – Man: Homecoming, so clearly their relationship wasn’t really damaged. Tony says they are on a break in Civil War, but couple of months later they’re back together again. I am so angry with this movie, because if done right it would be a major break for the character. Instead it fell flat.

Iron Man 2

This one is between the two categories as I genuinely enjoy parts of this movie, but absolutely can’t stand some. This movie is not as bad as some people say. It has some great moments in it like: Tony suiting up at the race track, Fury and Romanoff interference at the diner and Tony watching his father’s tape. This movie helped us to understand Tony’s relationship with his father as well as his desire to help others and be a better man. But then in the same movie Tony invents a new element by using lasers. I’m sorry, no amount of explanation will ever validate this. It is stupid and it takes me right out of the movie every time. Pepper is annoying, again. The villan is laughable, Justin Hammer is just pathetic. although I am a fan of Don Cheadle as Rhodes there’s something annoying about him in this one.

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The ones I Like

Thor: The Dark World

I don’t understand the hate for both Thor movies. I mean, they are not perfect, but they’re also not so bad as everyone would have you believe. Yes the villain  is bad, the worst in the MCU. If you look past that The Dark World has so much more to offer. We explore Thor’s relationship with his parents and his brother. The scene with Loki dying is one of the best and  most emotional scenes of the franchise. Loki is perfect, stealing every scene he is in. Jane is used properly and Hemsworth has never looked better. This movie does not have the ambitions to be great, but it is a lot of fun, sometimes that’s all I need.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Ok, I do not like origin stories, even the great ones like Iron Man or Deadpool. I find them boring. That’s just my opinion. This movie is good, the acting is good, the action is good, the story is interesting enough to not fall asleep while watching it. You see what’s the problem? Good is just not enough to get me invested in a movie. The relationship Cap has with Peggy is good, but pointless in the long run, cause he’s gonna wake up in the future anyway. The relationship with Bucky is however the high point of this movie. In cap’s storyline Bucky is a major player and it is nice to see how it began. This movie is my husband’s favourite and we watched it many times together, maybe that’s what keeps me from ranking it any lower.

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watch a film in your native language

Day 2 of my movie challenge.  Today I’m going to talk about a film made in my country. Czech cinematography is full of amazing movies. Kolja is as heartwarming tale about a man connecting with a boy whose mother abandoned him in a foreign country. Written by Zdeněk Svěrák the film won an Academy Award for the best foreign language film in 1997. Another successful film was Jiří Menzel’s Closely Watched Trains winning the same award in 1967. Věra Chytilová directed Daisies a comedy – drama regarded as a milestone of the New Wave movement. The more recent films include Masaryk, Loners, Holiday Makers or Perfect Days.

Those are all great films and chances are you probably heard of at least one of them before. So, I’m not gonna talk about them, I’m gonna talk about

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watch a film from the year your mom was born

This is the first film I’m gonna watch as a part of my movie challenge.  I decided to start with this one, because for me this is the most exiting one on the list.

My mother was born in 1973. The year brought us some great movies. The most iconic of them is undeniably The Exorcist directed by William Peter Blatty. Nominated for ten academy awards the film had a great impact on pop culture and still has to this day. I am not a fan of horror movies though as I get scarred easily, so no Exorcist for me.

Speaking of the Academy Awards, The Sting won the best picture  that year as well as another six Academy Awards.  Paul Newman and Robert Redford star as two con artist in this hugely succesful caper film. I tried to watch this movie once when I was younger, but couldn’t get through with it, I want to watch it some day, but not for this challenge.

This year also gave us my favourite romantic drama The Way We Were starring Barbra Streisand. Other popular films from this year include: Paper Moon, American Grafitti, Westworld, Enter the Dragon and Soylent Green.

All those films are great, but the film I chose and my favourite film from 1973 is

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movie challenge

Recently I realized that I was watching the same few films over and over. Every time  I watch a film, I either watch it a few times over or I watch all of them if it is part of a franchise. Then it takes me a long time to watch something different, I get so caught up in the world the film created I don’t want to leave it. This of course holds me back from exploring different movies, so I created this movie challenge. I’ll probably won’t watch the movies chronologically. Feel free to do this challenge with me If you like.

movie challenge

 

15 Films Tag

I’ve just stumbled upon this tag and it looked really fun, so I’ve decided to do it. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it!

  1. Favourite film

This one’s tricky, because I cannot choose just one film,so I picked my top 10

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – Hands down the best crime- comedy film. Robert Downey Jr. is at his best here

as he plays Harry a thief, who finds himself caught up in a murder mystery.

Goodfellas – The best film about gangsters, period. If you haven’t already seen it, then please do, it is not only a film about crime, but it unveils the emotions and desires of those committing it.

Pulp Fiction -Reading this list  you’ve probably noticed, that I love films about crime. Pulp Fiction is a classic and rightfully so, Quentin Tarantino directed and wrote one of the most influential films ever created.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – We all know and love this one. This film is number two on my list of the best sequels of all time, and it is easy to see why, it’s just really, really good.

The Princess Bride – This movie doesn’t take itself too seriously and that’s why I love it so much. The characters are loveable, the story interesting and the humour light-hearted.

Annie Hall – Woody Allen and Diane Keaton star alongside in a bitter-sweet comedy about an end of a relationship. Pages have been written abou this film and there’s probably nothing new I can write about it. Just go watch it.

Captain America: Winter Soldier – My favourite MCU film, TWS is not only a good superhero film it is a great spy thriller and  number three on my list of the best movie sequels of all time.

Logan – This movie is completely different from the superhero genre. It is a moving film about loss, family, and dying with a protagonist who happens to be a superhero.

The Departed – Another crime film! Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon star in this Oscar – winning Martin Scorsese masterpiece.

Clueless – This movie is simply fun. It is sweet, moving, funny and Paul Rudd is cute as hell!

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