I love this image. A lot. I love that it matches up the classic versions of characters from the 70s to how they look now. It’s just cool and really gets the gist across of sharing “your” universe. Like, the Nova on the left is definitely my Nova, but the Cap on the right is my Cap. Etc.
The shitty thing is, one woman. One woman! SEVEN men and one woman. And I know, I know I know I know that Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor and Cap are Marvel’s heavy hitters. But they’re only heavy hitters because they were created in the sexist 60s where it was like, grossly and horribly and falsely felt that women didn’t have to be represented anywhere.
But times have changed, I’d like to think. And this shouldn’t be happening anymore. It’s this weird cyclical thing: Marvel is only going to put their A-List characters on a thing like this because they’re A-List and recognizable. But characters are only recognizable because they’ve been around for decades (meaning they’re white men), or they’ve been in movies and TV a ton (meaning recipients of the media’s patriarchy-ness).
The only way Marvel is going to have women that rival Hulk, Iron Man, Cap, Spidey and Thor is to forcibly include female characters. Make them happen. Storm, Captain Marvel, Rogue, She-Hulk Spider-Woman, Elektra, these are great characters that deserve to be front and center. Do you really need to have all four big name Avengers in the image? Wouldn’t Iron Man or Cap get the point across? Why do you need Nova in there when Captain Marvel could easily fill the “flying superhero” role?
You’re not going to get A-List female heroes if you just keep using the characters that were deemed popular 50 years ago.
It’s share YOUR universe. But I bet to a big portion of the fandom, neither of these halves represent anything close to THEIR Marvel Universe.