The Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Black Widow, Captain America

Women aren't getting equal screen time in the MCU

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Jun 1, 2018

Sometimes it can be tough to keep track of all of the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We get it. With each new movie that comes out, sometimes you wish you could be handed a primer to refresh your memory on who everyone is and their relationships to one another. (Especially when it comes to Tony Stark and Cap, amirite?)

In addition to the bevy of superheroes, there's a lot to love about the MCU. Less lovely? The fact that, apparently, female characters are still struggling to make it on screen for even half the runtime of any Marvel movie thus far.

According to Digital Spy, IMDb user ninewheels0 has calculated the amount of screen time afforded to each significant character in the MCU—down to the minute. Based on that, it was easy for Digital Spy to deduce which movies give the biggest percentage of time on screen to women.

The results are illuminating. Out of all 19 MCU movies, none feature women for more than 40% of the film's run time. The highest-ranking film is Black Panther, which gave 54 out of 134 minutes to women, with the second highest being Avengers: Infinity War at 34% of screen time (or 51 out of 149 minutes). Lowest on the list? Captain America: The First Avenger, which only has women on screen for 14% of the overall movie. Overall, the MCU appears to be in a similar position to the Star Wars franchise, which was also recently ranked by amount of screen time given to female characters.

Looking to the future, however, these statistics are bound to change as the MCU gears up to release the latter half of its Phase 3 films. This summer's Ant-Man and the Wasp, which promotes Hope Van Dyne to the role of the Wasp and partner of Scott Lang's Ant-Man, will likely rank higher than most of the movies on this list (fingers crossed, anyway). Additionally, Captain Marvel, which is slated for a March 2019 release, will give the MCU its first superhero movie with a female lead, thereby guaranteeing that these numbers will shift as Carol Danvers gets her turn in the spotlight. 

You can read the full report, which breaks down each MCU movie by overall percentage, over at Digital Spy's website.