|Firestar #1 cover art by Stephanie Hans|
And so I submit for your consideration: Firestar.
Let me start with a little background: when I was a kid, my sister loved the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman TV show. (Who didn't?) Not being a comics fan until much later, Carter's Diana became the image in my mind for what a female superhero looked like. Then I saw an episode of Spiderman and His Amazing Friends and was introduced to Miss Angelica Jones. I was instantly enamored – a fellow redhead! With superpowers! This, to my child self, was the coolest thing ever.
Years later I would discover a chewy nerd center beneath my ginger shell and would come to realize that while about 2% of the real world's population are redheads, about 40% of the comic book world's population are redheads. But my sentimental attachment to Firestar remained.
She's not the most appreciated of characters. She's spent most of her career relegated to the background, a supporting character to the "real" heroes. And since she was only ever a short-term Avenger, I'm not saying she needs to be added to the principal team. She'd work well as a supporting character – someone on the level of a Maria Hill or (dare I suggest it?) a Phil Coulson.*
|Please don't hold the disco windbreaker |
costume against her. She's a modest girl...
I could go off on a tangent about how she could probably relate well to Bruce Banner as she'd share his reluctance to be a superhero and relate to the involuntary nature of his condition, or how she could provide a contrast to characters like Iron Man and Captain America for the same reason. Or about how a Guardians of the Galaxy movie is confirmed and her ex-fiancee might be a bit connected to those guys. But that would make it seem like I've put way too much thought into this, and I wouldn't want to look like a crazy fangirl. So we'll just skip all that business.
Now I know what you've been thinking this whole time: Firestar is a mutant, which means she's technically an X-Men property, which means she's owned by Fox, which means a Disney-Paramount owned property like the Avengers can't touch her. And this is true. But let's be honest here... I doubt Fox is itching to put her in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and nothing says you couldn't work around it by just referring to her as a "scientific anomaly" or something. It's not like you'd be asking to pilfer Charles Xavier.
|...and she didn't want to wear this.|
(It's my favorite of her costumes, though.)
And I realize that I keep going on about Angelica Jones, while technically the movie universe lines up with the Ultimates titles, and Ultimate Firestar is Liz Allan. Call me a purist; I'd much rather see the original article up on the big screen.
But back to the pitch.
Angelica Jones/Firestar is the sort of character you don't see much in comic book movies. She's quiet and modest. Faced with the events of Civil War she chose to retire and lead the quiet life of a student. She'd fit in well as a second-tier S.H.I.E.L.D. agent – someone who feels a responsibility to use her unique abilities to help people but who isn't interested in the spotlight. She's the sort of character who would create a spin on the superhero genre you don't see very often. Instead of someone who seeks out a certain destiny, she was handed a set of circumstances and chose to bloom where she was planted. She's not dark or edgy, but she's still got potential to offer a fresh perspective on the definition of a hero.
|I might have some level of investment |
in ginger Marvel heroines...
One of the things people discussed most about The Avengers was the way it managed to focus on the personal interactions between the characters without skimping on the action. If you ask me, adding a character like Firestar helps this along, especially in the (assumed) absence of Coulson. She's as close to an Everyman as you're likely to get in a super-powered heroine. Added to the supporting cast, she could add some dimension to an already well-developed stable of characters.
And so, I write this overly long and perhaps too-researched diatribe in the vain hope that my old sentimental favorite will get her chance to shine on the silver screen. I realize it's a long shot. But heck, superhero movies are supposed to make us all gooey with wide-eyed wonder and belief, right? You can't blame a girl for dreaming.
So... Viva La Firestar! And if you just want to use her as a glorified extra, I don't really have much in the way of acting experience, but I do have some limited experience with superhero-styled spandex. Which I don't add in to be pathetically fangirly at all.
Love and Kisses,
Ginger Fangirl At Large
*I'm still a little mad at you for what you did to Son of Coul, Joss. That was cold.
**But since we brought up Hank Pym, he did design the costume that would eventually protect Angelica from her radioactive powers, and there's rumors he'll be added to the next film... just sayin'.