Meaghan Kirby
April 29, 2018 10:37 am
Marvel Studios

Warning: This post contains a some major spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. If you haven’t seen the movie or aren’t totally cool with spoilers, don’t read any further…unless, of course, you’re in possession of the Time Stone.

Avengers: Infinity War is finally here and as promised, it is a lot. After 10 years and 18 Marvel films, Thanos’ quest for the Infinity Stones saw nearly all of our iconic heroes banding together to protect the Stones and save humanity. For two hours and 20 minutes, give or take, we watched as everyone from our fractured OG Avengers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy, and a monologuing Doctor Strange take on Thanos and his “children.” From Titan to Wakanda, our Avengers battled it out until the very end…when Thanos completed his Infinity Gauntlet, snapped his fingers, and half the heroes disappeared before our eyes.

Considering Infinity War is just part one of a two-part epic — and that half of the crew who literally bit the dust are gearing up for sequels to their solo films — we’re confident we haven’t necessarily seen the last of T’Challa, Peter Parker, Doctor Strange, Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, Scarlet Witch, or the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Infinity War may be setting us up for a truly bonkers swan song for the OG Avengers, but from where things sit right now, things are looking pretty bleak for the good guys.

But instead of dwelling on the many, many devastating events that took place during the film, or the ones that will surely come in Avengers 4, we’re going to pause for a second, on a truly magical moment from Infinity War. During the film’s climax, we got a taste of what an all-female Avengers film might look like — and it is damn good. 

For a single minute of the nearly two and a half hour-long film, Okoye, Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch team up to take down the brilliantly named (but very evil) Proxima Midnight and it was beautiful.

Feeling useless from the side guarding Vision while T’Challa, Steve Rogers, and the rest of the team go into battle with the Children of Thanos, Scarlet Witch jumps into the foray during a critical moment, putting her powers to good use. However, Proxima Midnight quickly hops in to pursue her and after quite rudely telling Scarlet Witch she’s going to die alone, makes an attempt to kill the young Avenger. However, Okoye and Black Widow are not having that, and the three join forces to destroy Proxima Midnight once and for all — with Scarlet Witch having the last laugh as she uses her powers to toss Proxima Midnight under the blades of an oncoming war machine.

Not only was it an incredible scene, it shows just how far the MCU has come in a decade of superhero films. Since joining the MCU with 2010’s Iron Man 2, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow has largely been the dominant female character in the cinematic universe. But as the universe expanded, and more men suited up, only one other female superhero joined the mix — Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, who made her official debut in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. 

By the time 2016’s Captain America: Civil War rolled around, MCU’s male-to-female ratio was something like a formerly all-male private school that had just begun allowing women in the year prior. As the factions of the Avengers faced off against each other, we watched a whopping 10 men and two women battle it out — and that’s not counting the missing Thor and Hulk. Meanwhile, somewhere in space, the Guardians of the Galaxy have come to fare a little better ratio-wise, with two female members (Mantis and Gamora) and one member-adjacent (Nebula).

Luckily, things are finally changing, as the past few years have introduced a number spectacular women to the MCU. Black Panther introduced us to Okoye, Shuri, and Nakia — not to mention the rest of the Dora Milaje — while Thor: Ragnarok saw the arrival of Valkyrie. Meanwhile, Hope van Dyne is finally suiting up as the Wasp in Ant-Man and the Wasp this summer, and Captain Marvel’s imminent arrival was referenced during Infinity War’s end credits.

Sure, the MCU is still littered with male superheroes — and fanboys, I’m not complaining about this so calm yourselves — but seeing three women duke it out against a villain, and a female villain at that, was such a promising moment. Eight years ago, this would have felt impossible.

Like the rest of the world, I’m going to be devastated when our original Avengers sign off for good, but seeing three powerful women team up to take down the evil around them, even for a single minute, makes me hopeful for the future of the MCU.

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