Dear Marvel Studios,
I'm a pretty new fan, brought in by your first Avengers movie in 2012. I'm not sure why I didn't get into superhero stuff before that, given how much I like speculative fiction, but perhaps I thought it was a "boy" thing. You can't really blame me, given the continual issues with comics being a male-dominated field. Just look at the problem you still have with fair representation of Black Widow in merchandise! And if I shied away from reading comics with a lot of blatant sexuality and very uncomfortable looking costumes for female characters, again, I think I'm justified.
But you did pull me in with The Avengers, and even though I had no idea what was going on (which happens when you've missed all the prequel movies and are watching the movie past midnight on a whim), I was interested enough to go back and watch a whole ton of superhero movies during the summer, which I ended up blogging about here. Like many, I believe that you currently are the forerunner on superhero movies, and I'm willing to take chances on your movies (like Ant-Man) that I won't on others. Your Avengers also got me to change my favorite superhero from Superman to Captain America, which I'm sure you're glad to hear.
Additionally, I'm a big social justice person, with feminism, etc., and, as an author, I believe diverse representation in the media is vitally important. Again, this is a problem you're still struggling with, although kudos on slowly diversifying the Avengers team and having solo movies with female/black superheroes coming out in the future. So I've been decently invested in seeing how the Avengers team grows and how the stories therein play out. This past full-Avengers movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, gave me a lot of hope. (Though I feel I must ask, what's up with that random Black Widow/Hulk romance? I mean, it sort of works, but it came out of left field for me, which made me feel like it lowered Black Widow's independence/strength quota.)
This movie, with dear darling Scarlet Witch, began to answer that question for me. Because Wanda, though she's not (to my knowledge) disabled, rarely does moving-places-thing herself. Her twin brother, Pietro, has superspeed, and he carries her everywhere in this movie. Obviously, this works for convenience because fast. But for someone like me, it's also extremely heartening. Even after Pietro dies, Wanda is carried first by Vision, who flies her from the battle scene, and then by her own telekinetic power at the end scene. In all of this, I saw, finally, a rising hope for people like me, people who can't run or walk all over, who can't be super epic physical in battle. Because even though Scarlet Witch never shows any real physical prowess, even though people carry her all over the place, she's still legit powerful and a huge part of the big battle scene. See number four above, again. She's got so much strength in her mental powers that she doesn't need to be very physically capable. HALLELUJAH AMEN!
So why am I telling you all this, Marvel? Because the end scene got me worried (not the post-credits, the end scene).
Good? Good. Thanks for creating a character in whom I finally saw myself, guys.
P.S. I totes ship her and Vision, by the way. <3 Yay!