When ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ arrives on July 6, 2018, it will be the first time a female hero (Hope Van Dyne, played by Evangeline Lilly) has had her name in the title of a Marvel Studios film. And next year, ‘Captain Marvel’ becomes the first female hero to headline her own solo MCU movie. But this could be just the beginning of a brave new world for the female Marvel heroes. While the franchise may have started out mainly drawing fanboys, the Marvel films have become one of the most popular movie brands in the entire world with people of all persuasions. And as ‘Black Panther’ proved that a non-white protagonist can be massively successful, it seems Marvel is ready for a day when female heroes are just a popular (if not more so) as males.
While promoting ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’, the normally evasive Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige mused about a Cinematic Universe with more female heroes than male:
“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.”
It’s not clear how far into the future Feige is looking. Everyone involved with the Marvel movies is remaining tight-lipped about what comes after ‘Avengers 4’ next year, but we already knew that a ‘Black Widow’ movie is in the works, with Jac Schaeffer penning the script and with Marvel reportedly narrowing their choice of director down to three.
We just learned that Tiffany Espensen‘s ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ role, Cindy, is meant to be a teenage version of the comics character Cindy Moon, a.k.a. Silk and that, similarly to ‘Homecoming’, Sony and Marvel are planning to collaborate on a solo movie for her spider-powered character. Espensen’s Cindy appeared briefly in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ establishing that she, like Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, is a part of the MCU.
Last fall, Tessa Thompson made a splash as the hard-drinking, ass-kicking Valkyrie in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and perhaps emboldened by her tough-as-nails role, she rallied the other female Marvel stars at an event and confronted Feige about crafting an all-female team-up movie, to which Feige agreed. This seems to be a loose agreement, but as fans continue to embrace these kick-ass women, it would be a logical and fun step for Marvel. And fittingly, Valkyrie has assembled two teams of female champions, first in the 1960s’ Lady Liberators and more recently in ‘The Fearless Defenders’.
Valkyrie was definitely a break-through character from ‘Ragnarok’, but in ‘Black Panther’ fans were dazzled by THREE awesome female champions: Okoye (Danai Gurira), the captain of the elite Dora Milange; Shuri (Letitia Wright), the teenage tech whiz who can probably give Tony Stark a run for his money; and Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), Wakanda’s super spy. There is already buzz about these women getting their own movie! (Maybe they could invite a few guest stars to partake?)
And of course, next year brings us Brie Larson as ‘Captain Marvel’. We’ll also discover the fates of the rest of the Marvel Universe. We already know that Nebula will be teaming up with the Avengers to try and recover their seemingly dead allies, who include Gamora, Mantis and Scarlet Witch. (One of them, unfortunately, looks to be gone for good.)
And Feige has stated that Marvel has plans for Ms.Marvel, Kamala Khan after Captain Marvel makes her proper debut. And there are faint rumblings that ‘Hawkeye’ may get a solo movie, but that it would focus on Kate Bishop, the teenage girl who succeeded Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) in this superhero role.
And logically speaking, it’s likely that several of the male heroes may die or retire after ‘Infinity War’ as their actors’ contracts expire. So a majority female Marvel Universe may be closer than we thought!
Are there any other female Marvel champs you want to see in the films?
Source: Screen Rant