michelle

Happy International Women’s Day!

To celebrate the occasion, here’s some of my favourite ladies from fiction!


Row 1: Amy Pond (Doctor Who), Sephy Hadley (Noughts and Crosses), Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Rose Tico (Star Wars), Elsa (Frozen/Disney), Melissa Chartres (The Last Man on Earth)

Row 2: Eowyn (The Lord of the Rings/Middle Earth), Quinn Ergon (Final Space), The Thirteenth Doctor (Doctor Who), Princess Bubblegum (Adventure Time), Jane Foster (Thor/MCU), Amy Santiago (Brooklyn 99)

Row 3: Brook Soso (Orange is the New Black), Nebula (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Erica Dundee (The Last Man on Earth), Kitty Winter (Sherlock Holmes), Rose Tyler (Doctor Who), Briony Tallis (Atonement)

Row 4: Meredith Quill (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Missandei (Game of Thrones), Rey (Star Wars), Donna Noble (Doctor Who), Carol Pilbasian (The Last Man on Earth), Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame/Disney)

Row 5: Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones), Ash Graven (Final Space), Tiana (The Princess and the Frog/Disney), Sophia Burset (Orange is the New Black), Misty (Pokemon), Clara Oswald (Doctor Who)

Row 6: Bill Potts (Doctor Who), Mary Brown (Paddington), Mako Mori (Pacific Rim), Gwen Stacy (Spider-Man), Jackie Tyler (Doctor Who), Ursula Ditkovich (Spider-Man)

Row 7: Yaz Khan (Doctor Who), Mary Jane Watson (Spider-Man), Marceline (Adventure Time), Michelle (10 Cloverfield Lane,), Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow/MCU), Mantis (Guardians of the Galaxy (MCU)

Row 8: Eponine Thenardier (Les Miserables), Mabel Pines (Gravity Falls), Sandra Kaluiokalani (Superstore), Padme Amidala (Star Wars), Martha Jones (Doctor Who), Jasmine (Aladdin/Disney)

Row 9: Beru Whitesun (Star Wars), Nakia (Black Panther/MCU), Diana (Wonder Woman), Chummy Browne (Call the Midwife), Rosa Diaz (Brooklyn 99), Leia Organa (Star Wars)

I re-watched 10 Cloverfield Lane today (my hands are still shaking in fact!) and god I still don’t have words to describe how much I LOVE that movie. It’s a woman-overcoming-abuse narrative where everything is done right. Michelle’s brutalization at the hands of Howard doesn’t go over the top, and there’s no sexual violence, just implications. She uses skills mocked for their femininity – sewing and fashion design – to build the environment suit that ultimately saves her life. Her agency and her abilities are front and center all the way through.

And then the surprise ending happens and Michelle just turns into A. GODDAMN. POWER. FANTASY. A lesser movie would’ve ended the film just after the bunker escape, with Michelle staring out in horror at the alien spaceships destroying her world. (That actually was the original ending, if I remember rightly. I’m so glad they changed it.) Meaning damn! Her abuser was right all along! She should have stayed in the bunker with him and been the object of his creepy paternalism all her life!

That’s one fuck of an unfortunate ending, and it then immediately Doesn’t Happen. A alien comes for Michelle and she just FUCKING KILLS IT, brings down its whole ship in fact, using nothing but the tools she has on her. She’s not even particularly injured in the fight. Then she gets in her car, hears the broadcast about the military base, and heads off LIKE A BADASS to join the resistance. (Such, you can argue she may not have made it far, but I like to think she did, and I think the movie thinks so too.)

I don’t know much about horror movies (I went into 10 Cloverfield Lane not actually knowing it was one) but it just seems to subvert so many cliches? And do it so well? Basically if you think the 10CL ending was “stupid”, as seems to be a common conception, I will Fight You. Watching Michelle take down that alien put me in the mindset of “shit, this is how men feel watching movies all the time, isn’t it” and it still does.

xingshining:

spideycentral:

New exclusive Spider-man: Homecoming clip on Jimmy Fallon

I love the look of total shock on Peter’s face like “What are YOU doing here?”

hgonzalez8432:

Marvel is killing me with this whole new level of badass, intelligent, strong and beautiful women. #representation matters 

In the course of the film, [Michelle] endures every form of physical and
psychological trauma imaginable – and yet she always comes out fighting. […] As played by Winstead, she has a feral quality
at moments of danger and an absolute lack of self-pity.