|Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) - Natasha "Black Widow" Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson)|
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a huge hit and, not surprisingly, it fails the Bechdel test. Does it matter?
For those not aware, the Bechdel test was introduced in Alison Bechdel's comic strip in a 1985 strip as a way to gauge the level of female equality in a movie.
- It has to have at least two women in it
- They talk to each other
- They talk about something besides a man
Historically, successful movies don't pass the test although this is changing. According to bechdeltest.com the movie only gets a one out of three. It has three women in it - Natasha "Black Widow" Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), and Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp) - but they don't talk to each other about anything besides a man.
While Natasha "Black Widow" Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) is the strongest female superhero out right now, does it matter if successful movies fail the test?
Does it matter if a movie has strong female characters? If a movie has a strong heroine, does it matter if it fails the Bechdel Test? Does the Bechdel Test mean anything? Will this change?
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