Wonder Woman vs. Captain Marvel: Who Has the Better Super Heroine Movie?



Jay Greer, Opinions Editor

This cinema trend is in no way slowing down, with both Marvel and DC comics doing their very best to cash in. This industry has taken a new path, one that has been previously unexplored: a superhero movie with a female lead.

Superhero movies have been all the rage in the last few years, generating many billions of dollars at the box office.

Both comic giants have now released movies in this respect. DC released “Wonder Woman” in the summer of 2017. The movie was a huge success, winning awards and generating over $800 million at the box office.

Marvel Studios recently released a female superhero movie of its own in “Captain Marvel,” which has already grossed over $750 million worldwide.

It is clear that the superheroine genre of movies is here to stay and slay, but how do these movies stack up against each other?

“Captain Marvel” was released on March 8, so I will omit any and all spoilers for the movie. However, since “Wonder Woman” was released a few years ago, I will be discussing that, so spoiler alert!

They both have their strengths and weaknesses, the biggest being that Captain Marvel is a more powerful superhero, but Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman embodied a more powerful woman.

I think the biggest reason Captain Marvel is a more powerful superhero is her multiple abilities. She has super strength, can fly and can shoot energy beams from her hands. She is basically overpowered and could arguably beat Wonder Woman in a one-on-one fight any day of the week.

Since the power of Captain Marvel was so great,  it’s disappointing how the character of Carol Danvers was not deeply explored. She has a powerful female presence but is more of a driven woman with a snarky complex. Each character has their strengths, but Prince was more powerful than Danvers.

Prince didn’t display any of her powers until mid-film. Before she stormed no man’s land, she was still a force to be reckoned with. Remember, this movie took place primarily during World War I. She did what she thought was right, and stopped for no man.

By the end of the movie, all the men were following her. They were following Prince, not Wonder Woman.

Danvers is no pushover. She too is a born leader, both as a woman and a superhero, but her super side is powerful.

Some of the Avengers’ toughest fights could potentially be won with Captain Marvel fighting all by herself.

That said, these women are the definition of the word “hero.” Both movies definitely deserve a watch, as both have great characters, action and a plot that isn’t entirely linear (there are some twists).

Now that female superheroes are in the mix, there’s no more chance at a villains’ victories.