Next march we’re getting our very fist MCU movie led by a woman (not counting the divided title and lead of Ant Man and The Wasp), Captain Marvel. The long overdue Black Widow movie is also coming our way, with a screenwriter and a director already attached to the project.
We should expect more of that, according to an Entertainment Weekly interview with our lord and savior, Kevin Feige. Talking to EW for their special Captain Marvel issue, which gave us a lot of new information and our first official photos of the film, Feige pointed out that:
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.
Next, EW asks Feige what took so long to get female led superhero movies made.
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.
The interview goes on, giving the master of the MCU a chance to compliment DC on the success of Wonder Woman, the first female superhero movie to be a major hit both on box office and critics alike.
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?
Us superhero fans have only to gain with successes such as Wonder Woman, but it sure will be nice to see the MCU catching up and having a major female led success when march comes.
Source: Entertainment Weekly