I’ve said it before, and I will continue to shout it from the mountaintops: Monica Rambeau needs to be in the next Avengers movie. The Avengers is one of the hottest movies of the summer and there’s already talk and speculation on which character, from the vast array of options, they’re going to bring in for the next film. Sure, they can keep to their current magnificent seven, but we have plenty of time to dream, right?
Now, I know your first thought is, “Moxie, you scamp, I see you trying to push your social justice agenda onto my summer blockbuster life.” To this I say, No duh! I love some Avengers as much as the next girl, but there is no doubt they could use a little splash of color (as could a lot of other blockbuster films). When the word on the street was that everybody was waiting for a Wasp appearance in the next film, I thought, “Cool, so Wasp is gonna be Grace Park, right?” Probably not.
Then Entertainment Weekly discussed their list of prospective female Newvengers and it included some left field characters of color that I was excited to see mentioned, though my reaction toed the line between “OK, that’s cool,” and “Are you sure about this?” Moondragon and Mantis were really solid calls*, and it would be amazing to have some WOC on the force, obviously, as well as an openly bisexual character. I am more than a little bit wary, however, of giving characters like that over to the Hollywood Media Machine because I do not have the time, patience, or antacids to deal with the potential Dragon Lady, unfeeling, sex bomb, stereotypical ridiculata that might come out of that one. (And if fans can’t deal with Lucy Liu as Joan Watson, I don’t know how they would deal with this). To do it, and do it well, would be amazing, though. Another suggestion was Carol Danvers, and I too am for Carol Danvers, righteous heat that she is. Just this once, though, I am not on Team Danvers for the same reason I’m not fully on Team Wasp or Team Scarlet Witch. I’m Team Monica, all the way.
I think Monica brings a really human quality that will be needed in the next film, and it’s something that can be addressed up front. Her humanity is a big part of her story, as is her desire to be a part of a team. She would fit in seamlessly, without the need for a lot of pomp, circumstance, a half-baked movie send-up (Remember how good Elektra was? Neither does anyone else), or Hank Pym. Not to say she doesn’t deserve these things (well, no one deserves Hank Pym), but she deserves a fully cocked movie premiere, for sure. Right now, as we breath in the space dust that is the Universe, Monica Rambeau could be easily integrated into the post-credits Easter egg of the next Captain America movie. Can’t you see it all now?
A young woman, who doesn’t know what to do with the fact that she’s as superhuman as it gets, sees on the news coverage of a super-out-of-control blitzkrieg in the middle of New York City. She sets out to find the folks responsible, because if there’s anyone that can help her figure out this whole superpowers thing, it’s the Avengers. Bringing her in at the end of the next Captain America movie would be just canon enough, and now more than ever the Avengers need someone else who is going to solidify them as a team, and not just a bunch of big personalities thrown into a blender set “Save The World.”
I know, it’s perfect. Write some fanfic! Send a letter to your congressperson! We’re gonna change the world, or at least, make the next Avengers movie that much more awesome.
What new character would rock your rainbow bridge all the way to Asgard? Leave it in the comments, and don’t forget to show your work.
*Moondragon and/or Mantis are ESPECIALLY solid calls considering the proposed Big Bad for the next movie. But we shall see. If they do it well, I will be a very happy Moxie.