Think Women Don't Love Superheroes? You're nuts.

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Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick is taking on Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, for a relaunched comic book. (And this comes at a time when Carol Danvers is rumored to appear in the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie, setting up a possible role in Avengers 2.) Over at Hero Complex, there's a great interview with DeConnick, where she breaks it down for you about women and superheroes:

I kind of resent the suggestion that there would be something inherent about superheroes that wouldn't be of interest to women. That makes me nuts. I'm a 5-foot tall women with a quick temper who always looks like a child, so power fantasies are not strange to me. I also have this theater background, and I've always loved superhero comics the same way I love Commedia dell'Arte. The same way I love opera. This is Greek mythology. These are huge overwrought characters that somehow speak to the lizard brain. There's genuine catharsis available in this stuff. I don't think working in superheroes is slumming it. I'm proud of this form. I like this. There's nothing inherently masculine about power fantasies. There's nothing inherently masculine about superhero comics. There's nothing inherently masculine about mythology. About science fiction. There is no reason that a woman who is interested in this field as a reader or creator should feel that she is peculiar in any way. It makes me furious when I see that - particularly when it's the "nerd culture" that does it! Really?! Is that what we're going to be about?! From a business standpoint, it's just stupid. Women control the purse strings in families very often. Young women have their own income and love to shop and read. Why would you leave money on the table?


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