The latest MCU film to be released (if you are living under a rock and don’t know) is Black Panther, which showcased not only a roster of unique African characters but also a bunch of powerful female characters. Although Marvel is not new to having females being part of the action, fans are always eager for more representation.
The pack began with Natasha Romanoff, otherwise known as Black Widow, who first appeared in Iron Man 2, and has been a monumental role in all Avengers activities ever since.
Fast forward to now, with Black Panther, and we have Nakia, the spy and future queen of Wakanda and Shuri, the genius princess of Wakanda. Also by King T’Challa’s side is his most trusted guard, Okoye and the Dora Milaje, an all-female team of warriors.
With all of this woman power, it would be wise to keep the train running, so to speak. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is well aware of how good the current variety of talented actresses is within the MCU. “It is an embarrassment of riches,” Feige said to Vulture in an interview.
He continued, “Even watching the audience at the Black Panther premiere respond to Lupita, Letitia, and certainly Danai in their action sequences … you watch Danai spinning around in that casino, taking out dozens of people, and you go, ‘Of course you can make a whole movie about that!’”
Next on the horizon for the MCU is Avengers: Infinity War, which will be all hands on deck in terms of heroes. But after that, Marvel Studios will be releasing multiple films starring prominent female characters. The move to feature more women is all part of the long term plan for the future of the MCU Feige explained.