Local professors look at how 'Captain Marvel' movie is changing comic book stereotypes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (10TV) -- Captain Marvel's mission may be to stop an alien war, but the character is also changing our idea of what a female superhero can be.

"As a woman, I can see myself in that person and not have to be sexualized, that's great, especially in comics that are so new," assistant professor at Columbus College of Art & Design Lauren McCubbin said. "It's a very empowering feeling."

Many of McCubbin's students are female. While she's shaping the next phase of creators, we are already beginning to see a transformation with this latest version of Carol Danvers.

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"One of the wonderful things about the current Captain Marvel, it's based on the run of Captain Marvel written by a writer named Kelly Sue DeConnick," McCubbin said. "She really created this version of Captain Marvel of Carol Danvers that is relatable to as a character that strives to be the best and strives to do the right thing in her way."

Ohio State professor Frederick Luis Aldama also is studying the comic world, and says the majority of female characters are not actually written by women.

"For the most part these characters have been written by dudes, but we need the female writing presence," Aldama said. "We now have this spectacular storytelling that's happening and we have women behind and in front of the camera that are carrying this."

Both professors say the Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel movies will be just the beginning.

"I think that we're really seeing an adventure story is a good adventure story and that's the thing that's important," McCubbin said.

Marvel does have a Black Widow film in the works, and there are rumors an all-female Marvel Comics Universe film could also be in the works.