The Marvel Cinematic Universe has delivered some pretty solid movies over the past decade, but that impressive length of time is starting to draw attention to the glaring lack of women in leading superhero roles. We’ve had Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, and Elizabeth Olson as the Scarlet Witch, all of which have played relatively minor roles. Zoe Saldana as Gamora has probably been the closest we’ve come to a leading female superhero, and…yeah, after 10 years, that’s not a great list.
Things are changing. We know Brie Larson will star in Captain Marvel in 2019, which will be the first solo Marvel superhero film in the MCU led by a woman. Ant-Man and the Wasp will feature more of Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp, too, which is due out next July. But, the one to lead them all might be Tessa Thompson.
Thompson impressed as Valkyrie in the recently released Thor: Ragnarok, and she’s also keenly aware of the MCU gender imbalance. A couple weeks ago, io9 reported on a little behind-the-scenes anecdote they heard, in which Thompson went up to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige with a few other women and asked about the possibility of an all-female superhero movie. He said yes.
An offhand yes does not make a movie, but it got us thinking about whether or not Marvel can actually pull this off — after all, we want an all-female superhero movie, but more importantly we want it to be good. So, we took a peek at Marvel comics history to check out a few ways they’ve pulled it off in the past!
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