A common trend with the rise of feminism in movies is to deliver female roles that bust the stereotypes of women in the background viewpoint. And while this is definitely needed, especially in movies and franchises that still have an issue with putting women at the forefront, it's easy to forget that telling a great story also involves showing the little ticks and flaws underneath.
That's why James Gunn's way of tackling with his female characters in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is pretty mature and dynamic, despite the common fallback of smart, headstrong women. He shared to Yahoo! Movies:
"Sometimes I think giving women roles in movies isn't just about making them more powerful or stronger or smarter. It's about giving them the full breadth of the human experience and making every human being a human being, even if they're aliens."
Gunn added that he had wanted to have female characters who were "oddballs" in their own right. We pretty much see this in Mantis played brilliantly by Pom Klementieff, who manages to be the sweet and endearing newbie, but also blends in with the odd brand of funny of Drax, Rocket, and Groot.
This is just a brilliant move, from a personal point of view. This is coming from a big fan of Gintama, a series that I feel has the best representation of women. While Hideaki Sorachi-sensei creates strong and independent women, he doesn't fail to give them a flaw that makes them human enough to not transform them into perfect and invincible dream girls.
In the same way, if Gunn is able to create female characters who are adorable because they are relatable, and smart and strong like real people, I guess that's a good first step in the right and real direction.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will arrive in theaters on May 5.