Moving forward, the MCU is celebrating women more than ever. Now, that’s not to say that male heroes (and villains) won’t be emphasized as well, but there will be an unprecedented amount of powerful women appearing on screen in the years to come. It began with Pepper Potts and Natasha Romanoff in the Iron Man series, and now the MCU’s roster of super-women just keeps getting bigger.
In a little over one week, we will be witnessing the first female superhero to have her name appear in the title of the Marvel movie in Ant-Man and the Wasp. The film will feature not one, but two Wasp superheroes played by Evangeline Lilly and Michelle Pfeiffer. Next, we will be getting the first Marvel female superhero to have her own movie in Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson, which will be released next spring. From there, the sky is the limit.
The decision to grow the number of powerful women within the MCU roster is something fans have been advocating for many years. It seems that finally the word has gotten to the highest power, Kevin Feige, and he is all for it!
Following the dynamic female roles Black Panther offered earlier this year, Feige had previously mentioned that spin-off movies and more screen time for the women of the MCU is something he would totally be on board for when the time is right. Here, at the brink of an influx of strong female characters, it looks like the tides are starting to shift that way sooner than we thought.
This week, Feige spoke at the Ant-Man and the Wasp press junket about the rising number of female roles in the MCU:
“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.”
Besides the confirmed Black Panther, Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy sequels, the details of Phase 4 of the MCU have yet to be publicized! This bodes well for all the unexplored female superheroes and fans of female superheroes. Although this doesn’t count as a “new” character, the intended origin film of Black Widow is still in the works, and as the first female Avenger, this news could not come soon enough! From there, who knows which character we will be seeing on the horizon? What we do know is that she will be a welcomed addition to the team.