Plus, some of the best X-teams were mostly female - going back to the original New Mutants - to the recent run of X-Men by Wood.
They could never launch "Avengers #1" with just females.
Women are beautiful. But we're not here for your goddamn titillation.- junesdisco
It's not exactly a trend, but during the crisis period from Civil War to now, not one female Avenger was the Director of Shield, (except Natasha for the short duration of Maria Hills unconsciousness), or it's replacement. Both Janet and Carol were given subservient roles in the CW and Initiative, and we're generally overruled by male characters. The male characters like Ares and Hank Pym came up with the ideas to defeat villains, and females were left roles of heroic action, only. All the lectures were made by male characters and female characters listened intently and were impressed. Females were patronised.
It's more an opinion and view of action scenes that male characters have the most dynamic portrayals and the most iconic moments, while females are derivative of male characters. KSD gave a more empowered team of Female marines in the flashback to WW11 in the Captain Marvel series, than any Avengers team of Females.
I just looked at NA #2 at the Illuminati members Reed was facing, and it suddenly struck me, that all those male characters seated had existed before the Silver Age. Including Stark who was a weapons maker. The only one who wasn't yet a super powered person was Reed Richards, while everyone else was existant as male authority figures, while no female figures had anything close to this esteem pre Silver Age.
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Visited NY and DC and saw Spider-Man Turn off the Dark.
Guess people don't recall very early in Stern's run, when the line-up of the Avengers consisted of Wasp, Captain Marvel (Monica Rembeau), She-Hulk, the Scarlet Witch, Captain America and Starfox, and that there was even a couple of issues where Cap didn't show up and was replaced by Tigra. That's kinda foward thinking for a title in the eighties.
Which I think is ideally how it should be. We shouldn't have to think about or be pre-occupied with the fact that a team is mostly female or mostly minority or whatever. Ideally it should all just feel "normal."
But I guess Stern was so good at being ahead of his time, people just didn't consciously notice. It's almost a shame.