After sharing top billing this year with Ant-Man and the Wasp, Marvel Studios is set to put a female hero front and center this coming March with the release of the Brie Larson headlined Captain Marvel movie.
We already know that Marvel has been hard at work developing a long-awaited solo film for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, and during an interview with EW, Kevin Feige has revealed that the studio has plans to announce more female-fronted movies in the near future.
“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. 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.”
It will have taken the MCU eleven years to deliver its first female solo movie with the release of Captain Marvel, and Feige went on to discuss why he felt it has taken so long:
“I think there are a lot of reasons, 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.”
That all changed last year with the release of Warner Bros. and DC Films’ Wonder Woman, a critical and commercial smash hit – something that pleased Feige, despite it coming from Marvel’s big rival.
“The success of Wonder Woman made me very happy because as I’ve said before in the press, I’d much rather the question be, ‘Oh gosh, what did you think about that successful female-led hero that came out a few years ago?’ Rather than the question I used to get, which was, ‘Are you afraid that people don’t want to see a female hero?’”
via Flickering Myth