Sophie Turner as Jean in Fox’s X-Men and Brie Larson as Carol in Captain Marvel.

Yeah, I’m doing part 2 already. This just interests me. Once again: I’m going through name popularity lists in the US (where Marvel is published), this time at the #2 and #3 spots (which will be grouped together), from 1939 (when Marvel Comics started) to 2021, and seeing how many Marvel characters have those names (or popular variants) on… the first page of search results on the Marvel wiki (or if I remember other ones).

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“Mockingbird: feminism is for everyone” by me, aka paperdoll.heart on Instagram.

So drift partner and I were on the phone with my parents the other night, and my dad was telling a story about a woman my grandma knows from her retirement community. I’ve heard stories about this lady before, and she sounds like a character. Very gossipy, very much not someone you want to share secrets with, very in-your-face. This can obviously be a problem, but she sounds like a relatively harmless old woman.

Then my dad said something about how she might be “on the spectrum,” and drift partner and I both raised our eyebrows.

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Spoilers, obviously.

So we didn’t get to see Thor: Love and Thunder opening weekend, since we were sick, but drift partner found out about the end and we weren’t thrilled. There was some comics-canonical basis for what goes down, but it didn’t strike our fancy. We are Jane Foster defenders (and adamant Jane/Thor shippers) for life.

(We also weren’t pleased that the “Valkyrie finds a queen” subplot disappeared, but that’s not what this is about.)

We enjoyed Love and Thunder, though, and actually found the Jane stuff remarkably respectful and positive. It inspired this list: a categorical discussion, in tier list form, of the various deaths of women in the MCU (including the pre-Disney+ shows, of course).

Here we go.

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Jon Favreau, Charlie Cox, and Tom Holland as Happy, Matt, and Peter in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

So there’s been a lot of discussion and speculation about how and if characters from the pre-Disney+ Marvel TV shows will be integrated into the greater MCU. We the audience kind of thought, at least at first, that they were part of the greater MCU, but the advent of Disney+ made it pretty clear that they weren’t. I wrote a piece for CBR about why that would be a bad decision almost a year ago, before any pre-D+ TV characters had made the switch over; I also think the points made in this more recent piece of mine about Laura Barton, Bobbi Morse, and the Mockingbird role make some important parts.

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