She was a little surprised to find out that Busy hasn't seen any of them. "Yeah, it's just not really my vibe," Busy said. But then she proved just how much it's not her vibe with a suggestion as to which film series Geena should appear in.
"I do feel like the one where they're in a spaceship and there's a raccoon--" The audience filled in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" for her. "I feel like your should be in that one," Busy finished up as Geena's eyes practically bulged out of their sockets.
Speaking very carefully, she replied, "Uh, your adorable ignorance. It's so extreme that I'm positive you are faking it." But Busy insisted she was not. Honestly, though, that is an impressive level of under-a-rock living.
Even people who actively try to avoid the Kardashians can probably name several of them. "GotG" is an absolutely huge franchise name and has been for years now, so it's wild to think Philipps has somehow managed to not absorb at least the name.
Nevertheless, Geena persisted with her own love of the franchise, saying, "I like being a badass, so I want to do it." And Busy is right, this one is a bit of a no-brainer for Marvel. Not just because Geena is a screen icon and a fantastic actress, but because their respective missions actually line up right now.
One of the big initiatives of this next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an increased push toward diversity. "Black Panther" and "Captain Marvel" were moves in the right direction, but there's a long way to go if the MCU really wants to champion representation for all people.
And it just so happens that this is a huge passion of Geena's as well. She spoke about the work she's been doing for the past decade with her non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. More recently, the organization partnered with Google to dig even deeper.
"Google gave us this huge grant to develop software to do the research for us," she said of gender representation on-screen. "It uses voice and face recognition to figure out stuff that you couldn't do with the human eye. So we not only know how many female characters there are but how long they're on-screen and what is their speaking time, which is also abysmal."
"We're like, 'That's right, honey, you say the joke,'" Busy quipped with a vacant look directly into the camera.
Geena had an incredibly visceral example of how important representation is in media for everyone. "I used to shoot archery and my archery coach called and said, in 2012 the graph -- it was always men, boys, women, girls way at the bottom -- In 2012, the line for girls shot up 105 percent and became the highest category."
That wasn't just an accident or a fluke. "So what happened in 2012?" Geena asked. "'Hunger Games' and 'Brave' came out, both of them with a female star who's an archer. So girls saw the movie and bought a bow."
It really is as simple as that, which is why it's so important that people from all walks of life are able to see themselves on their screens big and small.
And that's why Busy is absolutely right when she told Marvel, "Don't sleep on this one. This seems like a real no-brainer."
As the franchise moves forward into its next evolution, fans are expecting to see more women, more people of color, more differently-abled people, more LGBTQ representation, and why couldn't that include Geena Davis? She's more than an actress who checks one of those boxes, she is a champion and an advocate for representation.
The symobolism of her inclusion alone would be indicative of just how seriously Marvel is taking diversity. And while she's there, maybe hire her and her organization on as consultants to help them analyze their films before they come out to ensure they're doing their part for the next generation of archers ... and whatever else people want to be.