Superhero movies are so utterly dominant in the world of film (and film marketing) that regardless of gender, age, fandom, or any other mitigating factor, they and their hype machines are hard to avoid. Even the most indie actors are watching superhero fare. So it’s no surprise that in a poll of 10,000 women, superheroes starred in two of the top three finishers in the Most Anticipated category.
According to Variety, Atom Tickets held the poll in honor of Women's Equality Day, asking frequent female filmgoers about the movies they’re most excited to see. The top three? Aquaman, Venom, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
That’s some broad genre coverage across a demographic that some male genre fans still pigheadedly insist conforms to sexist stereotypes. But no, women are amped for superhero films just as much as men: The women in the survey ranked their favorite genres as action/adventure, comedy, and sci-fi/fantasy.
The survey also concluded that 90% of its respondents prefer to see an equal-footed female and male duo as opposed to an all-male or all-female cast. So it sounds like Ant-Man and the Wasp was also checking some boxes for this particular subsection of the fandom — to date, the film has pulled in a robust $544 million worldwide.