By Sydney Fromm
Super hero movies, one of the largest and most popular movie genres, have been in the spotlight lately for their apparent lack of strong and diverse women. Over the years we’ve seen the beautiful and somewhat generic ladies such as Pepper Potts, Natasha Romanova AKA the bomb Black Widow, Gwen Stacey, and Peggy Carter support and influence our male super heroes.
And then there’s Deadpool.
Deadpool changes the game when it comes to typical gender roles seen in superhero movies by giving us totally unconventional female characters.
The first female character we meet is Vanessa. Wade is immediately attracted to this strong, funny woman, and eventually learns that she is a prostitute. Normally this profession would throw both the hero and the audience off, but this twist has no effect on either.
Upon buying three minutes of Vanessa’s time, Wade takes her to an arcade on a “proper” first date. Only after he’s made her laugh and gotten to know her do they go back to his apartment. A montage of several steamy holiday scenes shows the audience that Wade and Vanessa have been dating, and complement each other’s crazy like no other couple has before.
Once Wade officially becomes Deadpool, we meet other lady characters that play a big part in his life.
The audience meets Angel Dust, a mutant who possesses super human strength. She is seen as a stoic secondhand man to Ajax. Angel Dust has an amazing fight scene with Colossus, proving that she can and does hold her own.
The third lady-tastic character the audience is introduced to is one of the two X-Men members we see in the film: Negasonic Teenage Warhead. If Vanessa is our sexy, smart, sassy love interest and Angel Dust is our angsty villainous sidekick, then Negasonic Teenage Warhead is our dry and sarcastic comedic relief.
The other half of the comedic relief is Blind Al. Blind Al is Wade/Deadpool’s roommate. She’s a hilarious old woman who may or may not be a cocaine addict. Blind Al adds to the humor that is consistent throughout the film, but she also adds some wisdom that Wade needs in his life.
The four lead women in Deadpool are deeply developed, diverse, well-written, and a joy to watch. Movie goers fall in love with each lady as the film progresses. Overall the female characters in the movie keep the plot rolling, and we can’t imagine the film without them.
(All Images via 20th Century Fox)