"I'm honored to have played a role in your universe and will always look back on the possibility of love."
– Halle Berry, in a tribute to Stan Lee on Instagram. She played Storm in the "X-Men" films.
I spent most of my childhood buried in comic books. Despite the stereotype that the genre belongs to white suburban boys, there were few outlets better for a girl like me who felt like a stranger in a strange country, or more specifically an Arab in a small Kentucky city. In series, you are an outsider, your boon, and by using your strictness to conquer negative forces you get a hero.
So, the revolutionary Stan Lee death of the week, at age 95, made me think of his impact on how I perceive, and have perceived, women in the drawn universe.
In the 1960s, Mr. Lee started creates female characters that played other fiddles to nobody and had agendas in addition to getting the guy – like conquering evil and saving the world, no greatness – and unmatched forces such as shifts, telekines and invisibility.
"The series is shocking by readers who wanted female characters to be sexy, dressed up to reveal clothes and not very smart," said Bob Batchelor, author of the movie The Lee, "The Man Behind Marvel,", 2017 this week. But Mr. Lee chose a "different, modern feeling" – depict female characters like leader and superheroes – labeling a significant one new phase for comic books, Batchelor said.
So while I keep waiting for my latent powers to be manifested, I take the chance to mark some of my favorite super sheses created by Mr. Lee.
Sue Storm (1961)
Sue Storm, the invisible girl who became the invisible woman, was Marvel's first female superhero and a founder – and a powerful member – of Fantastic Four's superhero team. Doctor Doom, a Marvel supervillain, has also called the invisible girl, the four-year most powerful teammate.
grantedSue Storm, as well as several of Mr. Lees's early super-sheres, also filled the role of love, but Lee was "pushing limits as much as possible," Mr. Batchelor said.
Scarlet Witch (1964) and Wasp (1963)
Scarlet Witch, like Wasp, was an avenger. She would often save the team with her overwhelming "hex powers", and Mr. Batchelor called the Scarlet Witch "possibly the most world-changing of any superhero in Marvel Universe."
The Wasp, despite being a sexy female teammate, was very valuable and intelligent, using her ingenuity and smartness to surpass the bad guys – "especially when the other members were either too aggressive or sincere to act rationally," says Batchelor.
Jean Gray (1963)
For those of you who think cartoon characters fall in the direction of either good or evil, Jean Gray meets: one of the original "X-Men" and one of the most complex and important characters of Marvel Universe, as well as one of Mr. Lee's most enduring and popular.
As an omega-level mutant, the most powerful class, she has almost unlimited power and can manipulate the universe in her palm, makes her one of the few signs that can destroy it.
The whole (1964)
Inspired by Nordic Mythology created here the Lee Goddess Whole. She is considered to be the most powerful female boss in Marvel Universe and a match for all beliefs, regardless of gender. She has become portrayal as one of a few signs that could go head to head with Thor.
The 2017 film "Thor: Ragnarok" is the only movie in Marvel Universe that has a woman as the main villain. All played by Cate Blanchett.
What happens more?
"I will return to work as my true self." The Supreme Court is considering considering cases of federal law involving bias against gay and transgender people.[[[[The New York Times]
"He said it was distracting." Female runners at a New Jersey university practice in sports Bras close to the football team. The school told them to go elsewhere. [The New York Times]
Fewer teens have sex. Despite the relief of taboos, Americans are in the middle of a sex cycle, studies show. [The Atlantic]
On the GQ cover, Serena Williams is "Woman "of the year. Critics said that the magazine's use of quotation marks seemed to call out the gender or femininity of athletes questioned. [The New York Times]
What have movies read? women? How is it good or bad? How to smile and flirt, fight and surrender? We want to know. [The New York Times]
From the archives
"This city confuses me."
Ginny Pope be careful of New York City when she visited Cisco, Tex. 1990. Ginny, over the right, then 20 years old, made the journey to perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with his drill team.
Her coach had said she would keep smiling, but her mother told her to "look straight, think about your business, and no one will bother you" she told the New York Times.
When Ginny saw a man "using the toilet on the street," she said, "New York is going to be ashamed of itself." But when her visit went on, she was dazzled by Statue of Liberty and Broadway musical "gypsies". She was surprised to learn the city contained trees and children.
"Everything I said about New York yesterday, forget it," she said. "This city confuses me."
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