Captain Marvel is slated to become the first female superhero to star in a solo Marvel film — and she might open the door for others to follow. With Captain Marvel slated for release in 2019, the head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, recently promised fans that there will be more female-led superhero movies in the near future.
Feige cited Captain Marvel and Ant-Man and The Wasp as examples of the studio’s attempt to introduce more female characters on film. Although making a movie based on a female character gets a lot of attention, Feige hopes that it will become a normal thing in coming years. It’s good that Marvel is making a change in the right direction, but the move has been slow in coming.
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When Captain Marvel hits theaters in the spring of 2019, it will mark the studio’s 21st superhero film. It’s already been 10 years since the studio made Iron Man, and the recent Ant-Man and The Wasp was the first time a female character headlined a Marvel film.
Feige did not go into specific about which female characters will get their own projects in coming years, though there are a few options at the studio’s disposal. According to Entertainment Weekly, a solo Black Widow movie is in the works with Scarlett Johansson and there is talk about doing a female Avengers project.
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But the future of female-led Marvel movies may depend on the success of Captain Marvel. If the movie fairs well in the box office — like Wonder Woman did for DC — then there’s a good chance the studio will move forward with similar projects.
Only time will tell what Marvel has up its sleeve, but it sounds like the studio is on the right track.
Captain Marvel is scheduled to open in theaters in the spring of 2019.