With great power to do great superhero movies comes great responsibility: to finally give the fans an awesome solo superhero flick with a strong woman as its lead, right?
Well, it seems that president of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige can’t satisfyingly explain—or rather he deftly dances around the issue—the fact that there are no solo flicks headlining strong, superpowered (or non-superpowered) women currently in the works. As in being made. Now.
What about the one you have right under your nose, Marvel? You know, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)? She’s hot, she’s cool and she can definitely kick ass with plenty of style; all of that without even breaking a nail!
Feige was interviewed for Thor: The Dark World by Movies.com, and this is what went down:
We asked Feige straight up whether Marvel will deliver fans a solo female superhero movie before DC. “Good question. I don’t know what they’re doing or what they’re planning,’ Feige said [about DC]. “I know we have numerous exciting female heroes, whether none of them are currently slated, some of them are in development — frankly, you can look at what Jane Foster does in [Thor: The Dark World], look at Pepper Potts literally saving the day and defeating the bad guy in Iron Man 3, and I’d say we already have great female heroes that are showcased and play major roles in our universe now. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as you will see, features Black Widow in her biggest role yet in any of our films. In terms of a solo standalone female hero, I’m not sure when that will be. We make two movies a year, we’ve planned through 2015 and we have some ideas of what we’re doing in 2016 and 2017, so we’ll see what happens.”
So … is it no solo female superhero flick (for now) because there are already strong women in male-driven superhero films? Well, that's all fine and dandy, but at the same time, it's not too gratifying for female fans. Sure Feige is also saying: "I know we have numerous exciting female heroes, whether none of them are currently slated, some of them are in development," but still, why take so long?
There are plenty of female superheroes who deserve solo features now. Black Widow, for example; or what about that rumored Captain Marvel flick with BSG actress and longtime fan fave Katee Sackhoff (which she, of course, denied being involved with)? Give it to us, Marvel!
What do you think about what Kevin Feige said?