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Okay, as promised, I’ve got a few pieces of Victoria Hand meta waiting, so I figure I’d start with the most important—why I care.
I cared about Victoria prior to the show because, as a fan of the main 616 universe, I happened to come across her through Dark Avengers. I followed her through that series and into New Avengers.
It was only about halfway through my reading of that series that I realized through going into her past appearances that she had been conceived and written as a lesbian woman. Her girlfriend appears for an issue, breaks up with her, and is never seen again.
But still. She was a lesbian woman. And while I’d already admired her for her wit, her steadfast commitment to her values, and her way around enormous guns, that pretty much sealed the deal. She was officially one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe.
That probably sounds a little shallow, but comics have always been instrumental for me when it comes to understanding my own sexuality. Victoria is important; not just for her sexuality, but for the way she was treated in the narrative. Captain America himself praised her for her convictions after she worked for Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers, and she was given his support to work alongside Luke Cage and his team.
For awhile, things were going pretty well.
And then the writer of the book departed, and as part of his departure, had her killed off unceremoniously by a two bit threat that she could have easily taken.
So that was in November of 2012, and as you can imagine, I was pretty broken up about it. Comics have a reputation of death being an impermanent state at best, but that applies by and large only to big name heroes—mostly men. Certainly not lesbian women without any powers or hero identity.
I’d pretty much resigned myself to never getting to see her again. And even when Agents of SHIELD premiered, I was completely sure she wasn’t seen as important enough to get to be on it.
You can imagine my delight when I was proven completely wrong. Episode 7 was going to have Victoria Hand in it. Victoria Hand was in Agents of SHIELD, and alive again.
Finding out that if anything, her role in Agents of SHIELD was even bigger and better than her role in the comics, was amazing. Victoria was now a level 8 agent instead of a level 4 accountant, and was an unquestioned source of power and authority. She was morally complex; she tested the team and baited Coulson, but the next time we saw her, she was perfectly willing to help. She wasn’t a villain, just devoted to SHIELD and its principles.
Victoria’s role started to increase and increase in the show, and we learned a little more about her each time. By her appearance in episode 17, she was fully realized as this brusque, completely capable, absolutely in charge leader, who when HYDRA overtook SHIELD, made the choices she thought best for her organization.
You’ll notice I never mentioned she had a girlfriend, or any reference to her canonical lesbianism, and that’s because there was none in season one. But I wrote it off, and I hoped for more of it in season two.
Except those hopes ended up brutally and abruptly dashed.
It was pretty heartbreaking to watch her die a second time in the span of about a year and a half. Honestly, she was such a wonderful character, and so important to me, and seeing her die without even a chance to defend herself or a few last words just hurt.
Victoria mattered. Victoria does matter. Victoria matters to me on a personal level, because as a bisexual person, seeing someone who was capable and competent and morally firm and unyielding, with complex morals and great hair—all of those things were amazing. She is amazing. She’s a great character with plenty to contribute to the narrative, if she’s given a chance.
Who else is going to care so much about the rebuilding of SHIELD? Who is going to act as the cool, logical reasoning to Coulson’s passionate emotional stake in SHIELD? Who else is going to be a powerful ally when Coulson needs one, not only to rebuild SHIELD, but defend what’s left of it?
And this is a serious question, since most of the agents that aren’t on Coulson’s team that we’ve seen are dead, injured, or HYDRA. This is something the narrative of rebuilding the organization piece by piece needs—someone who was willing to kill and fight and die for it. Victoria Hand is owed a chance to see SHIELD rebuilt again. No one believed in the organization more. No one else gave more to the cause.
Victoria Hand matters because SHIELD matters. Victoria Hand matters because there are only so many agents left, and Coulson needs all the help he can get. Victoria Hand matters because it’s 2014, and lesbian women shouldn’t be killed off without a single word of protest for the sake of a plot twist. Victoria Hand matters because there is more to her story than shock value.
Victoria Hand matters to me. Victoria Hand is complex and powerful and important, and all I want is to see her back.
It’s simple, really. I’ll even give you a quick out; red-dyed ICER rounds. Or the LMDs SHIELD is so famous for using. She doesn’t actually have to be dead. This isn’t like real life, no one signed her death certificate and legally declared her dead.
The writers have the power to say whether or not she’s dead. She doesn’t need to be resurrected, as the MCU has established that’s not so easy to accomplish. But she always could’ve been faking.
She matters. She matters to the show, and to me, and to SHIELD. And I’ve been doing my best to make my desire to see her back on the show as vocal as possible, and I’ll continue being vocal.
Victoria Hand matters. And I want the whole fandom to see that. Hopefully then we’ll get to see her again.
The 5 times Sokka forgot Toph was blind and the time he didn’t.
Sokka… always my favorite.
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