Though Captain Marvel is set to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe's 21st film, it's the first to be led by a female superhero in the studio's history. That's an important distinction, given the billions of dollars MCU films have made over the years; though many women have been featured prominently, none were cast as the primary lead in a movie. Captain Marvel is going to be the first of many such films revolving around a female lead.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has revealed that female superheroes are going to play a big role in Phase 4 and beyond. When asked about Captain Marvel and the prospect of making more movies starring women in the lead, he said, "We feel like it'll be the first of many." Feige also acknowledged the 10-year slew of hit movies without a leading lady in the main role, saying, "There were a lot of men in that initial run of Avengers."
While Marvel Studios is looking towards the future with a female-driven superhero film, the woman at the center of the conversation scoffs at the idea as being anything close to revolutionary. "We have been opening movies since the silent era," Captain Marvel star Brie Larson said.
"I don’t want it to feel different. Kind of over the 'First female blah blah, blah,' and 'Wow, maybe women can actually do the same things that dudes can do.' What a crazy concept," she told ScreenRant. "I feel like the more we talk about it, the more we perpetuate the myth that it’s an impossible task. No, if it wasn’t like that before, it’s because it was wrong. That was just wrong. Now we’re just doing what’s natural.”
While Larson's portrayal of Carol Danvers in the upcoming film is important for Marvel Studios and Disney, she isn't the first woman to take on the task. Gal Gadot headlined DC's Wonder Woman film in 2017, and that movie pulled in just over $821 million. A sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, is set for release in 2020.
Feige hasn't gone into much detail concerning what female-driven superhero films the studio has in its future, but there are a few projects already in development. A solo Black Widow film is in the works, though it has been delayed. There has been talk about Danai Guirira's Okoye taking on a solo film, while Scarlet Witch will star in a TV series with Vision on Disney+, the studio's upcoming streaming service.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, and Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Algenis Perez Soto, McKenna Grace and Annette Bening in as-yet-undisclosed roles. The film arrives on March 8, 2019.