Warning: Spoilers abound.
After watching X-Men: The Last Stand and Aeon Flux in the same weekend, I’ve come to an observation that has been touched on before with a couple of my friends, but it became very clear after seeing these films.
That would be Hollywood’s obsession with badass chicks only getting to have a final showdown… with badass chicks.
Let’s start with Storm in X3. The girl was kicking some surprising ass (considering the first two movies), but her main competitor was an impressive Morlock woman. In Aeon Flux, Aeon shot dozens of people without blinking an eye, but the battle that actually took effort was with Trevor’s female bodyguard. Bulletproof Monk? Same thing. The Mummy Returns? You betcha.
Now, understand that I don’t completely disapprove of this. Mainly, because this trend depicts women kicking some serious butt and that there’s more than one that exists in one universe.
But. It also gives me a message that strong women can only use physical violence against… strong women. No strong man seems to be around that she can kick the crap out of. Does this go back to men not being able to hit a girl? Or is it more that the media doesn’t think that a woman could actually win against a man?