Like you Timeless,Iwould always see Purdey and Gambit as equals
With a lot of female villains , female rival agents and schemers to be dealt with, Purdey's intuition in dealing with such would be superior to Gambit's !
Purdey tackling her female adversaries would lead to far better fight scenes.
(not farce!) Gambit sometimes should be given the opportunity to come to Purdey's rescue (as she did farcically in some of his fights
) Their roles would change according to the opposition-Gambit sometimes heading up the team ! The farcical feel about the scenario, (oft repeated), where the crimefighters are all girls, e.g. Charlie's Angels' of the 1970's, and the baddies are practically all male ,whom these (one woman called, somewhat wimpish girls) always succeed in defeating. Love to see Return of The New Avengers redress this imbalance.
Hmm, well, given the time period, the "mainly female villain" thing would never have happened. TNA didn't feature much in the way of the female baddies. The original series had a few more, but they were largely male as well. The other issue is that pitting Purdey solely against female adversaries is that it goes against one of the major reasons the series was so unique, i.e., that the Avengers women were capable of outthinking and outfighting whoever they came up against, regardless of gender. Same goes for the men, really. Having Purdey only working against female opponents would remove all of that, and insinuating that she's "better" against them just because they're other women undermines her as an agent--she's supposed to be good at fighting the enemy, whoever they are. The same for Gambit. I actually find the way Gambit relates to female enemies to be quite interesting for the time--he doesn't really change his approach noticeably from the way he deals with men. His attitude seems to be, "You're evil, I don't care who you are, don't mess with me." So I'd hate to lose that aspect of his character, just the way I'd hate to see Purdey limited to pitting her wits against women, or to fighting them. I'm especially leery of the action scenes, because they'd probably end up devolving into a bunch of catfights, which are funny once in awhile (Angels of Death
), but would get boring and cringeworthy really, really fast. I'm sorry, but I think those would wind up much more farcical than the fights TNA had in the end.
Really, bottom line, I just want to see Purdey and Gambit together, working as a team, fighting a variety of interesting opponents, regardless of whether they were men and women, exchanging witty banter all the while. That's the basis of the Avengers formula, after all.