Captain Marvel may be the first female superhero to lead a film in the MCU, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige promises that she won’t be the last.
Feige told Entertainment Weekly, “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.”
Obviously, there’s already one in the works, with Cate Shortland signing on as director of the upcoming Black Widow solo film, starring Scarlett Johansson. A number of the MCU’s female actors have spoken out about wanting to do an all-female team-up film.
However, with Marvel celebrating a decade of films this year, many fans are wondering why it is that it has taken the studio so long to bring women to the forefront of their features.
“I think there are a lot of reasons,” Fiege explained, “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.”
Last year’s Wonder Woman set the standard for female superhero flicks, and Feige is hopeful that Captain Marvel will also be able to get it right, and even though Wonder Woman came from the “opposition” that is DC, Feige is simply happy that these films are seeing the success they deserve:
“I’ve always said, I root for all genre movies because the success of those movies helps us. Because not everybody knows the difference between what studio makes what movie or what comic book company what character comes from. So I’m very pleased when any film in our genre [does well] — not just superheroes, but action or sci-fi or anything. 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?’”
Captain Marvel is set for release on March 8th, 2019.