Spider-Man: Homecoming producer wants more female heroes and villains

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Jun 29, 2017, 12:24 PM EDT

In the world of modern and mainstream superhero movies, generally accepted as having launched with 2008's Iron Man and Dark Knight, there's one thing that's still horribly lacking: a female presence. That's not a controversial statement, though some would try to argue it is; we only just had the first female-led (not to mention -directed) modern superhero movie in Wonder Woman, and Marvel won't get to that particular party until Captain Marvel in 2019, 10 months after the character debuts as one of over 60 named characters in Avengers: Infinity War. While Spider-Man: Homecoming does have three solid female, primary speaking roles (as opposed to six or seven, depending on how you'd judge these things, for men), these movies still have a long way to go.

That was one of the main points from producer Amy Pascal, who, after stepping down as head of Sony Pictures, worked to bring the Marvel and Sony studios together for this groundbreaking shared-rights deal. She's also working on the spin-offs for Sony, of which Silver and Black, a film starring female characters Silver Sable and Black Cat, is one.

"I think the most important thing that we can do is make movies about female protagonists," Pascal told Variety at the red carpet premiere of Homecoming, "and about even female villains. Women who affect the story you're telling -- parts that can't get cut out."

Does that mean we'll see a female hero or villain get added into future Spidey films? Maybe, but for now she has Silver and Black on her plate, which features two characters who have straddled the line of hero and villain -- so they could cover both sides pretty easily! In the meantime, Marvel has Hela as the main villain of Thor: Ragnarok; DC will introduce Mera in Justice League, and she has a major role in Aquaman; and Black Panther is chock full of amazing female characters. They're still not title characters, but at least it's a step in the direction Pascal suggests.