The Male Gaze in the MCU: Seeing the Marvel Cinematic Universe Through a Feminist Lens
Representation in the film industry is influential on the culture. A massive part of today’s pop culture, the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) has not only influenced box office records and the industry of superhero films, but also the generations of superhero fans it created. Highly respected as one of the top production companies in the world and producing some of the highest-grossing films in history, Marvel Studios undoubtedly has a large cultural impact. But the portrayal and inclusion of women in the MCU has proven problematic time and again. This poster presentation will present analysis that seeks to understand the ways these films do or do not support patriarchal norms, overly-sexualize women, and how they represent gender. The representation of the women characters “Black Widow” and the “Scarlet Witch” will be focused on for this analysis.
R. Darden Bradshaw, Michelle Hayford
Primary Advisor's Department
Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
"The Male Gaze in the MCU: Seeing the Marvel Cinematic Universe Through a Feminist Lens" (2022). Stander Symposium Projects. 2639.
Presentation: 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom
This project reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.
Course: THR 250