Representation in superhero movies — for minorities, women, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, etc. — has been a work in progress since... well, superhero movies became a thing. But Marvel’s trying (ostensibly) to fix that in its superhero universe. At least, according to Kevin Feige, that is.
The Marvel Studios president has a few female-fronted films coming down the pike — with Ant-Man and the Wasp followed by Captain Marvel — so now’s the time to be talking about his plans for gender parity in the MCU (though nothing’s coming yet from the idea of an all-female Marvel movie starring Tessa Thompson, Brie Larson, and Scarlett Johansson).
Speaking to Screenrant, Feige explained that, in regards to the heroine-palooza, he was "cagey about anything post Avengers 4." But that didn’t stop him from commenting upon the gender balance in Marvel’s films.
"I think we're getting to the point soon where we have so many great female characters that those are just our heroes as opposed to when are they all female, all male,” Feige said. “It's just the Marvel heroes, more than half of which will be women." With the added (and awesome) female heroes from Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Thor: Ragnarok, and Ant Man and the Wasp, that future may be coming more quickly than some fans expect.
However, the sheer number of heroes is one thing and their time on screen is quite another. They can't just be standing on the sidelines. They need to fight, philosophize, and fly around as much as, say, Iron Man. While Marvel may have the best of intentions, fans of its film universe are still waiting for their Wonder Woman.