I have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to write about something or someone who has a very special place in my heart. The wonderful Carol Danvers who is better known as Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel is one of my favourite heroes. I think personally, this is because of the writers Kelly Sue DeConnick and Margaret Stohl. I highly recommend: In Pursuit of Flight, The Life of Captain Marvel, The Mighty Captain Marvel and Higher, Further, Faster, More. These stories capture the essence of Carol Danvers. Not only do they show her off as a hero, but they manage to ground her to reality and that is why she ranks so highly for me. I think these comics would suit nicely as preparation before she debuts in the MCU in March.
Now, I could sit here and talk about her for hours but that is not why I am here. I am here for a cause linked to Captain Marvel that has inspired me to promote it as much as I can.
Around the time of Black Panthers release last year, Frederick Joseph created a challenge called the ‘Black Panther Challenge’. This was a crowdfunding campaign designated to send Harlem kids to see Black Panther in theatres. The campaign used the hashtag #BlackPantherChallenge and managed to draw in everyone possible including celebrity’s to achieve its goal. It raised over $50,000 and sparked a global goal raising nearly $1 million to send tens of thousands more all over the world to see the movie as well.
This time Joseph is back and teamed up with Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles and We have Stories to do a similar thing with Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel is Marvel Studios’ first female-led film and an important moment for representation. The lead character, Carol Danvers, is not only a superhero, but she’s also an athlete and fighter pilot,” said Joseph. “She is a prime example of the fact that women can do anything, and there isn’t a better person to be playing her than Brie Larson, who has been one of the faces of numerous feminist movements such as TIME’S UP. I am inspired by Brie and women around the globe and look forward to sending as many girls as possible to see this film.”
When the first trailer for the film was released, Brie replied to a teacher who had shown the trailer to her class of girls.
If you need more of a reason, the GoFundMe offers a great list of reasons:
Why Captain Marvel?
● Captain Marvel is Marvel Studio’s first woman-led film
● She will be the most powerful superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
● The story adds new components to open doors for the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe
● Unlike many female characters, her story doesn’t rely on romance and other typical woman character arcs
● There are multiple female characters in the film that enforce diversity of women in race, careers, and talents
● The film is co-directed and scored by women
● The film releases on International Woman’s Day during Women’s History Month
More information about the campaign can be found on the link to the GoFundMe. So far it has raised just over $10,000. Those funds will go towards purchasing tickets and renting out theatres for girls to see the film. Additional funds will go towards Girls Inc and We Have Stories. The girls that will be sent to see the film are sorted by Girls Inc which is an organisation that serves at-risk young women in Title 1 schools in South Los Angeles, Watts and Compton
Last year, “GMA” spoke to some of the lucky kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs in New York City who got to see “Black Panther.” They explained what this movie meant to them.
“It tells you that anything is possible,” an 18-year-old told ABC News. “I think it will give me motivation, every time I’m down, I’ll think about ‘Black Panther.'”
“There’s not that many African Americans onscreen and it shows that we can be there, too,” said 12-year-old Nefertiti Jenkins.
I mean do I even need to say more. If you can donate then it would mean the world. I am just happy right now to be sharing the word. ‘If girls can see it, they can be it,’ and right now that means more than anything.
https://www.gofundme.com/captainmarvel – #CaptainMarvelChallenge