Is Captain Marvel Proof That Women Are Too Emotional?

Captain Marvel, MCU’s very first female-led standalone movie was a slap to every mankind who stereotypes women.

I’ve never been much of a fan of the Marvel universe (I’m more of a DC girl, tbh), but after watching the movie, I find myself walking out, thinking was I ever like Carol Danvers? As society has led us to believe, a lot of women would think that we can’t be the best version of ourselves because we’re emotional human beings. However, Captain Marvel has certainly crushed the stigma, proving that having emotions does not make you weak.

A movie centering around friendship and self-love, it is a different take than the rest of the Marvel sequels — an empowering one at that. No excessive kissing love scenes, no rescuing damsel in distress — It was all Maria Rambeau, Fury and the superwoman herself, working together as one.

Warning: Major spoilers ahead! 

There are a few key scenes in the movie that examines how women handle situations when faced with discrimination and sexism. As a child, we were taught to grow up in a certain way, to control our behaviour and emotions. If we didn’t, we’d be labelled as wild and undesirable.

Being too emotional 

As women, the remarks on being too sensitive, overreacting and thinking too much, are very much familiar! Yon-Rogg, good guy-turned bad, kept on telling Captain Marvel to think with her brain and not her heart. He represses her power by telling things that’s opposite of what she is.

But when she realises it and breaks free, she’s unstoppable.That’s what women IRL need to know. We’re told that women can’t be great leaders because we’re emotional, often change our minds and yes, PMS too.

This has to stop, because when she knew the power of her emotions, she became unstoppable.

Silence is golden

Our silence is often misinterpreted for weakness. But here’s the thing, we choose our battle. Carol Danvers proved it as she tackles sexism in the most casual way. In one of the scenes, she ignored the biker dude who was checking her out in a rude manner. Instead of bursting at him, she just smiled and rode away in his pretty bike.

She also sarcastically laughed off the Air Force bro who mansplained to her on why it’s called a “cockpit”. She isn’t the typical girl next door. In the movie, Carol’s father constantly yells and tells her that she can’t do “activities meant for boys” without facing any problems. That’s sexism! It seems that we can’t be independent and be focused on our career because we might just end up as a spinster.

However, since Carol is a young girl who enjoys extreme activities like racing go-karts, all of those comments didn’t matter to her. Look where she is now.

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Always get back up without fail

As human, we fall and we fail, but it is important to note that no matter what, we always get back up. Before gaining her superpowers, there were flashbacks of Carol from her past of her falling every single time.That’s the thing that she always does is to pick herself back up. Never be afraid to start again, because your dreams won’t work unless you do.

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All in all, these are some of the essential things that we can learn from Carol, aka Captain Marvel. It is a definite kick*** movie that screams — emotion is our greatest strength.

So for those of you out there who have been underestimated for being too emotional, know that it could be just the thing to transform you into the best version of yourself. Don’t let anyone else’s opinion define your true character.

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COMMENTS
  • Christen

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    I like your spin on a potential message of the movie, but I have difficulty believing that it was a conscious effort on the male dominated Marvel universe’s part. I still walked away with a sour taste in my mouth that they kept harping on her emotions and didn’t “speak” to her abilities nor whether her emotions added to her power or not. I also believe that seeing what Marvel has coming out regarding the Dark Phoenix, that they truly believe that women are ruled by their emotions and that that is dangerous for all mankind. Still a LONG way to go in this superheroine genre. I will give them some kudos for not over-sexualizing Danvers’ character though. BTW, does anyone think that racing go-karts is an extreme activity or even boy dominated these days? (This question comes from a 49 y/o woman who chose 2 male-dominated careers, played many sports including women’s baseball at 32, and never thought twice about going go-cart racing). Still, nice write-up. 😉

    14 March 2019
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