The MCU's Present, Like Its Future, Belongs to Women

The Marvel Cinematic Universe, like the real world, is in the midst of a historical shift. Our society is being redefined as women everywhere are fighting to be heard, to stand up for what they believe in, and to change a world that has always held them down. Now more than ever, female voices are heard, and their strength is becoming a source of inspiration everywhere. In the midst of this change, Marvel Studios has begun to showcase its female superheroes like never before.

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In a recent interview, Tessa Thompson, who portrayed Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, said as much. "The women rule supreme; they always have," the actress said. "But I think we’ll see in the next phase [of Marvel films] that really translate on screen in a real way." While Thompson is pointing to the future of the MCU, we can't ignore the current slate of Marvel Studios' movies. While the future may belong to its female superheroes, we believe this is also the case for the present.

Scarlett Johansson in Avengers: Infinity War

There is a lot of secrecy surrounding Marvel right now, with much of what we know and don't know hinging on Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel, Avengers 4. But while we might not know much about the future of Marvel's movies, we do know that its female superheroes will have a large role to play. In fact, we already have the Brie Larson-starring Captain Marvel currently filming, a movie that will be released March 8 2019, before the big finale of Avengers 4. The timing of the shoot, as well as the film's release, seem to point at the fact that Larson's character, Carol Danvers, will have a crucial role to play in the fight against Thanos. In fact, some have already begun to theorize that Captain Marvel will make her first appearance in May's Infinity War, setting the stage for her solo film before appearing alongside the rest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Avengers 4. The door is being opened for Danvers before she's even mentioned on-screen, preparing the MCU to establish her as Marvel's most-prominent female superhero.

But that's not all. There was also a recent report indicating Marvel is finally moving ahead with a solo Black Widow film starring Scarlet Johansson. Wherever that movie will take place in the MCU timeline, whether it will go back in time to tell an origin story or move forward, spoiling the character's fate coming out of Avengers 4, it seems Marvel finally realizes fans want more Black Widow. We've already seen a blonde Scarlet Johansson in the Infinity War trailer, making it clear that the character will undergo a rebirth of sorts in the film, and while we can't be certain of the magnitude of Natasha's role, it looks like she will have a substantial one. She is, after all, the current face of Marvel's female heroes.

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