My husband and I went to see Captain America: Civil War, the 13th official movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the 1st movie in the MCU’s Phase 3.
In order to earn back the ticket prices, I have written two articles for The Inquisitr about the movie, and I’m debating writing a third as to whether or not CA:CW passes the Bechdel test or not. “Captain America: Civil War” Dominates Box Office, Black Panther Steals the Show is about the movie’s financial success thus far, and the fact that Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther has been one of the most popular characters in the movie. Black Panther Helps Marvel Bridge the Diversity Gap discusses the fact that there are three Black superheroes in this movie, two African-American, one African. By Hollywood standards, that is incredibly diverse.
There were also several strong female characters in CA:CW. Marama Whyte posted an interesting article on Hypable: Why the women of “Captain America: Civil War” matter, where she analyzes the roles Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, and Sharon Carter in the movie.
It can be hard out here for a Marvel fan. There’s still no Black Widow movie, we have to wait until 2018 for Black Panther, and the recent Doctor Strange nonsense did nothing to assuage any of our fears that Marvel may in fact never get this right. All of this to say: their lack of representation and diversity can be so disheartening — even for a committed and devoted fan — that when they do get it right, it feels so, so good. And wow did Captain America: Civil War do right by its female characters.
Does CA: CW pass the Bechdel test? I think so, but not everyone agrees with me.
The Bechdel test requires a movie to do three things:
1. It has to have at least two (named) women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man
Noelle Connell in the blog Feminist Elizabethan says no, it doesn’t. In The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Captain America: Civil War, Connell states CA:CW passes the Race or POC test, but not the Bechdel test nor the Russo test. Despite the rabid hopes of slash fans, CA:CW does not “contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and/or transgender.”
The Bechdel Test Movie List says CA:CW does past the test. Tyler Huckabee at first thought the movie did not pass the Bechdel test, but later changed his mind, although he felt it did so only “by the skin of its teeth.”
Once more people have had a chance to see the movie, I’ll write an actual review.
[Featured Image via Marvel Studios]