Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson or Natalie Portman and Jaimie Alexander?

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After the incredible number of views I received yesterday from my Scarlett Johansson as a black widow, I decided to see what Iron Man 1/2 and the movie Thor have the best success with female characters. If this were based exclusively on comics, the decision would easily be for the black widow of Iron Man, but the films tell a different story.

The Iron Man films gave us two great female characters. Gwyneth Paltrow plays Pepper Pots, Tony Stark’s colleague and his love interest, while Scarlett Johansson plays SHIELD, a super-spy Black Widow. I first loved Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper in Iron Man. She played the energetic, fun and mostly fresh role. Paltrow managed to overcome the cliché of the film of superheroes to be a girl in difficulties and leave strong, safe and attractive. More importantly, she had a fantastic chemistry with co-star Robert Downey Jr. Constant emotion would not be with her relationship that kept the audience engaged while offering good comedy moments. Pepper’s performance fell a bit short on Iron Man 2 because part of the screen chemistry with Downey Jr was lost, while his role as C.E.O of Stark Industries was never really convincing.

The character of Scarlett Johansson, the black widow, remains in a desert. I can not help thinking that there is more to come from her character so far away from a very cool fight scene, the black widow was mismanaged on the screen. It is a shame considering the quality of the current character. We need to see more espionage, espionage tactics and Russian accent for the widow to truly unfold on the screen.

Thor was hit in theaters this month, receiving good reviews in the process. Part of that goes back to the movie with such a talented casting ensemble. Despite a slightly limited screen time, I must say that Natalie Portman was fantastic as the interest of mortal love of Thor Jane Foster. Once again, throwing the cliché of being a girl in danger, Portman embraces Thor’s Asgardian heritage with welcoming arms. Unlike Iron Man 1/2 Pepper, she travels with Thor’s journey and is totally beaten with it. It’s fun to see a female character who really appreciates that her man is a superhero for once. She is lovely.

Jaimie Alexander, Asgard’s warrior, Sif suffers from the same problem as Scarlett Johansson. While Alexander really looks at Sif’s part in both beauty and stature, he suffers from poor character development on the screen. The film continually suggests Sif to worry about Thor, but there is no development throughout the film. You think that someone who is known and loved Thor for years would have some trouble with him that would go to Earth for a few days and corrupt a mortal. Sif makes the Black Widow better in action, while Sif proves exactly why she is Asgard’s main female warrior as she nearly descends the Destroyer armor in the film. Beats lowers some security guards at any time.

It’s a difficult call, but I think I have to give Iron Man franchise credit to have the best female characters success. Despite the loss of her charisma in Iron Man 2, Gwyneth Paltrow was a revolutionary female character in superhero movies. She is twisted, has excellent chemistry with Tony Stark, and is also very beautiful. Scarlett Johansson is beautiful, but must be more than that in the movie Avengers. The same goes for Jaimie Alexander on Thor, who needs more character development. When it comes to Natalie Portman, I hope she’s in the Avengers because she’s adorable and great.

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