With films like Ant-Man and the Wasp and next year's Captain Marvel coming out of Marvel Studios, the studio does appear to be inching its way toward releasing more female-led films. And it appears that is indeed the idea.
Back in June, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige said it would not be long before the MCU released more movies led by women. Well, he has not forgotten — or at least, Entertainment Weekly has not let him forget. Feige assured the outlet that fans can expect more women to star in Marvel films in the future.
“With [Ant-Man and the Wasp] and now with Captain Marvel and many movies to be announced in the near future, I’m anxious for the time where it’s not a novelty that there is a female-led superhero movie, but it is a norm,” said Feige.
Following Captain Marvel, which is set to hit theaters in March, Marvel has a Black Widow film starring Scarlett Johansson in the works, with Cate Shortland having signed on to direct. And several Marvel actresses have vocalized support of an all-female Avengers film.
When asked why it’s taken Marvel so long to get here — after all, Captain Marvel will be the MCU’s 21st film — Feige attributed the delay to “a lot of reasons, not the least of which was fighting for many years the erroneous notion that audiences did not want to see a female-led hero [film] because of a slew of films 15 years ago that didn’t work. And my belief was always that they didn’t work not because they were female-led stories — they didn’t work because they were not particularly good movies.”
Although the Marvel Studios head didn’t mention any of these movies by name, we should mention that Catwoman and Elektra came out in 2004 and 2005, respectively. However, it certainly appears that the massive success of Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman has put to rest any idea that superheroine-led films are inherently box-office poison.
Added Feige: “The success of Wonder Woman made me very happy, because as I’ve said before in the press, I’d much rather the question be ‘Oh gosh, what did you think about that successful female-led hero that came out a few years ago?’ rather than the question I used to get, which was ‘Are you afraid that people don’t want to see a female hero?’”
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