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.

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