Yesterday, I discussed Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige mentioned in an interview that the MCU will at least have two LGBT characters in the future. It would seem that Feige is not stopping the diversity train their as now he has begun to discuss the future of women in the MCU.
While doing press for Ant-Man and the Wasp, Feige spoke to Screen Rant, who asked him about the role of women in the MCU going forward.
“But, as the plan goes forward I think frankly we’ll be, you know, eventually I think we’re going to reach a time where it’s not just … listen, it would be amazing to see all of our female characters the way we have seen … most, never all male, but primarily male. I think we’re getting to the point soon where we have so many great female characters that those are just our heroes as opposed to when are they all female, all male. It’s just the Marvel heroes, more than half of which will be women.”
Many of the women in the MCU have been championing the cause of female-led superhero movies for some time now. Scarlett Johansson continues the push for a Black Widow solo movie (which finally seems to be gaining steam as it looks for a director), and Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson has actively campaigned for a team-up film featuring entirely women. The latter idea may not have been possible when the MCU began, but now with the likes of Valkyrie, Okoye, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Wasp, and many others, it doesn’t seem impossible.
2017 saw Warner Bros. and DC prove that a woman could lead the charge and dominate the box office, with the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman smashing records and annihilating the competition. Marvel Studios will try to replicate that success in 2019 with the release of Captain Marvel, their first female-led superhero film, which stars Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson in the titular role.
Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theatres on July 6, 2018