Captain Marvel is the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first solo film focused on a female superhero, which is an important representational milestone for the blockbuster universe. However, don't expect Marvel Studios to slow down anytime soon, as President Kevin Feige considers diversity and representation the future of the MCU.
“Anna [Boden] and her directing partner, Ryan [Fleck], did an amazing job, and made the movie what it is, so yes, so we did believe it was very important that this story be told with a female voice behind the camera, many female voices behind the camera in this case,” Feige told The Wrap. “It’s all about going forward. We won’t discuss anything past Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, but there are many things coming.”
“People also ask sometimes about Black Panther," he continued. "So, the notion of representation on screen, in front of and behind the camera, somebody asked me once, so is Black Panther a one-off? I said, no, it’s not a one-off. This is the future. This is the way the world is, and the way, certainly, our studio’s going to be run going forward, because it brings about better stories. The more diverse the group of people making the movie is, the better the stories."
Although a lot of plans for the MCU following Avengers: Endgame are still under wraps, rumors, reports and official confirmations seem to indicate that Feige and Marvel Studios are indeed eyeing a more diverse future. There are currently plans for a sequel to Black Panther. There's also a film in the works focused on Black Widow, and a movie focused on Eternals, for which Marvel Studios is reportedly seeking a gay actor for a lead role.
Provided it does as well at the box office as is currently predicted, Captain Marvel also stands a fair chance of getting a sequel. The movie earned approximately $20.7 million on Thursday night, with projections estimating Captain Marvel could earn $125 million to $145 million over its opening weekend.
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, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence.