So, I am quite frustrated with the lack of response on the Ask Marvel for a Female let Superhero film petition. It seems like people want a female led superhero movie from Marvel, but the signatures are not there…. and I don’t know why. Someone at one point suggested I just do it…
Well… clearly I was not the one to set this up, and I don’t have it in me to go hog wild advertising or rework it or anything like that. Someone with more talent in those departments may have helped or it may not have. As I’ve noticed, its very difficult to get people to sign for positive things… something to complain about, people sign in droves, but asking for something good? Generally people can’t be bothered. It’s really pretty amazing that the Loki petition has as many signatures as it does with that in mind.
But I think it’s too embarrassing to keep it up as is, so I will give it a few more days but if no one is interested in doing more with it, or starting their own version that might do better, then I’ll be deleting this petition. Better off without it than with so few signatures.
Good point you are making about the complaining part! Although a bit of an explanation might come from the fact that people were partially complaining, too—isn’t it how the “Free Loki” meme was instated? There was a tongue-in-cheek element to it, but people, jokingly or not, had the sentiment to participate in a campaign. It seems like the Female-Lead petition is too serious to be amusing—I mean you have no choice but to take it seriously, when we fans often like to take very seriously more superfluous things. And there is also the fact that many are not enormously invested in a project where the main character is a woman, for various reasons.
I think that the current trend in the media, what with all the journalists making fun of the crazy fans who draw Loki’s dick and knit Free Loki scarves, is being harmful to any other manifestation of fan activity, because we are forced to focus on a certain type of fans exclusively, and not for the good reasons. They are effectively assimilating fandom to a hive of swarmy noisy insects, but also telling the fans that a MCU fan is someone who supports Loki and none other.
Alas we can’t really convince a whole fandom that they can’t be complaining about the lack of interesting female characters whilst rejecting systematically everything female in the MCU.
I think journalists attitude towards fandom in general is harmful. No matter what fandom it is, you’ll get those asshole journalist types that make everyone out to be crazy. Another thing that confuses me is fans judging each other over how they choose to express their fondness for the subject matter. We get enough persecution from the outside, and then along it comes from the inside too. All the inner-fandom judging and in-fighting does not propagate forward motion in any way shape or form. If we can’t give each other a break, then nobody observing our activities will feel compelled to give us one either.