Upset that there isn't enough girl power for Marvel? Don't worry; not only is the studio planning to increase the girl power on screen, but their plan extends behind the scenes as well. Marvel Studios has partnered up with the National Academy of Sciences' Science & Entertainment Exchange to create the "Girls Reforming the Future Challenge".
This program seeks out applicants who are 15 to 18 years old, in 10th-12th grade, to pitch projects that can change the world. The applicants ideally seeks out girls who are interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (or STEM) projects.
An exclusive introductory video features Captain America: Civil War actresses Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Scarlet Witch, and Emily VanCamp, who plays Sharon Carter. Olsen and VanCamp explain in the video that, just like in the upcoming movie, where the heroes have to choose a side in changing the future for the better, the program is seeking candidates who also want to reach their full potential and change the world for the better.
The challenge for the applicants is simple enough: If a girl meets their requirements, she can create a STEM-based project that can really help the world and submit it with a short video that puts her idea into practice. The concept can be either complex in nature or very simple -- what matters most is the impact it can have on the future of the world.
From the pool of applicants, five will be selected to present their projects to a panel of experts as well as go to the world premiere of Civil War at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, get a tour of Walt Disney Studios, and receive a $500 saving account. Only one girl will win the grand prize of an internship at Marvel Studios.
The program seems to be the beginning of a great challenge to include more women into the STEM fields. The concept is easy to understand, and the prizes are definitely worth vying for. Even if these young girls can't have all the powers of the Avengers, their ideas could change the world in ways that the team of superheroes would be proud of.
Entries will be accepted until March 26.