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Marvel's female superheroes need flaws, Olivia Wilde says

Olivia Wilde has said before that she'd love to be in a Marvel movie, but in a recent interview, said she thinks the studio needs to work on their female superheroes.

Wilde told Cinema Blend that unlike complex characters like Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man alter-ego Tony Stark, female superheroes aren't allowed to be real human beings.

"The thing with female superheroes is that, in order to be powerful, they are flawless," Wilde said. "There is something to be said for a female director working to create a female superhero that perhaps has a little more complexity."

The conversation stemmed from a movement started by Wilde's fans on Twitter, who suggested the actress should play Captain Marvel and team up with director Reed Morano, who she recently worked with on Meadowlands.

As a fan of the Cinematic Universe, Wilde said the issue lies in the way characters are adapted from comic book to the big screen.

"I think the way these Marvel heroes are written, the female superheroes included, do have complexity and flaws," she said. "But I think when they are translated into film, the women become these ultimate goddesses of perfection."

It's a complaint Marvel has been aware of for quite some time and one they're trying to work on. Most recently, the studio attempted to explore Black Widow's past in Avengers: Age of Ultron and introduced characters like Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy.

When asked if she would want to take on the Captain Marvel role and the subsequent Cinematic Universe films that would come with it, Wilde said it would be fun to bring an actual backstory to one of Marvel's most popular characters.

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