Saturday Night Live has been killing it this season as far as their takedowns of stereotypical female portrayals in media, from their Asian Barbie fake ad to Cecily Strong’s recurring character of the secretly hot best friend from every guy movie ever made. In this case, I’m pretty certain what they’ve done here is actually closer to, say, David E. Kelley’s Adrianne Palicki Wonder Woman pilot that mercifully never took than anything Marvel would actually do.
In fact, I like to think – perhaps optimistically – this is the sort of thing Hollywood has moved past when it comes to thinking about female superheroes. Not that there need never be a film about superhero dating…I just hope it never turns out quite like this.
P.S. Despite the outcry, Black Widow merchandise does exist…but I’ve seen none yet for Scarlet Witch, at all.
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist