Ever since 2017’s Wonder Woman hit theaters and proceeded to break box office records, it has been shown that, when executed properly, woman-led superhero films can be just as good as their male counterparts. No company knows this better than Marvel, which is preparing to launch its first woman-led superhero movie next year in the form of the long-anticipated Captain Marvel. According to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, Marvel has plans for more movies focused on women superheroes.
“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 in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “And it is less a story of, ‘Oh, look, a female hero,’ and it’s more a story of, ‘Oh, what’s this about? Who’s this character? I’m excited to see that.’ And I think we can get there.”
As of this point, the only other woman-led superhero movie Marvel has in development is a Black Widow solo film with Scarlett Johansson reprising her role as the deadly former assassin. This year’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, despite having a woman title character, had more of a focus on the titular duo learning how to work as a team. Nonetheless, it can’t be denied that it has taken Marvel a long time to get to this point, which is a fact Feige is cognizant of.
“I think there are a lot of reasons,” said Feige, “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.”
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 Mar-Vell, 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 and Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau. The film arrives March 8, 2019.
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