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Marvel's Kevin Feige discusses the potential for female-led superhero movies

Aug. 1, 2014by: Alex Maidy

Today marks the release of Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, already on track for a $90 million opening weekend. The ensemble team movie also introduces another strong female character in Zoe Saldana's Gamora. And, once again, that hero is a secondary character to a bunch of male heroes. Marvel has introduced several strong women in their ten blockbuster films including Scarlett Johannson's Black Widow and Hayley Atwell's Peggy Carter, but frustration with some audiences is growing in anticipation of a female-led Marvel movie.

Just a few days ago, comments were made public by GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY screenwriter Nicole Perlman who said there is already a female-led superhero movie in development at Marvel Studios although she did not say which. With Wasp not set to appear in next year's ANT-MAN, Marvel honcho Kevin Feige was asked by Comic Book Resources about whether Marvel is serious about making a female superhero movie.

I very much believe in doing it. I very much believe that it's unfair to say, People don't want to see movies with female heroes, then list five movies that were not very good, therefore, people didn't go to the movies because they weren't good movies, versus [because] they were female leads. And they don't mention THE HUNGER GAMES, FROZEN, DIVERGENT. You can go back to KILL BILL or ALIENS. These are all female-led movies. It can certainly be done.

But when he was pressed for when Marvel Studios would actually make a solo Black Widow film or a Ms. Marvel movie, Feige gave this answer.

We find ourselves in the very strange position of managing more franchises than most people have which is a very, very good thing and we don't take for granted, but is a challenging thing,you have to put one franchise on hold for three or four years in order to introduce a new one. I hope we do it sooner rather than later,

With Marvel Studios supposedly set through 2028 with a rough roadmap of movies to make, undoubtedly one of those will be a female led movie just as much as one could be led by a minority superhero. For all of the success Marvel has had so far, there is still a long way to go and there are a lot of heroes they have yet to adapt. But, if their success rate keeps up at Pixar-like levels, I wouldn't foresee those awaiting MS. MARVEL from waiting much longer.

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5:02PM on 08/03/2014
"female heroes"

We used to call them heroines. Ah, the gold old days, when people knew words.
"female heroes"

We used to call them heroines. Ah, the gold old days, when people knew words.
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11:11AM on 08/02/2014
Personally I think we'll be seeing a couple of female lead films within those dates MCU have booked.

In fact I'm banking on a Black Widow film being the May film in 2017, probably with Hawkeye on second billing. Also have you noticed how (Avengers aside) Samuel L Jackson/Nick Fury has a credited role in a film per phase ( Iron Man 2 in Phase 1, The Winter Soldier in Phase 2)? Well I reckon a Black Widow film would see his Phase 3 major appearance.

Obviously we know Guardians 2 is July
Personally I think we'll be seeing a couple of female lead films within those dates MCU have booked.

In fact I'm banking on a Black Widow film being the May film in 2017, probably with Hawkeye on second billing. Also have you noticed how (Avengers aside) Samuel L Jackson/Nick Fury has a credited role in a film per phase ( Iron Man 2 in Phase 1, The Winter Soldier in Phase 2)? Well I reckon a Black Widow film would see his Phase 3 major appearance.

Obviously we know Guardians 2 is July 2017, and I see Thor 3 as being the November date perhaps using Asgard as a nice crossing point for Thanos passing from GOTG2 to Avengers 3 ( may 2018)

Iron Man kicked off the first 2 phases, Ant-Man is kicking off phases 3. My money is on Captain Marvel kicking off Phase 4!
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2:08AM on 08/02/2014

I'm saying a solo Black Widow film

LUCY proved that Scarlett Johansson can headline a hit film, so it would be a no-brainer. Plus, there's no need to introduce new characters since we already know them.
LUCY proved that Scarlett Johansson can headline a hit film, so it would be a no-brainer. Plus, there's no need to introduce new characters since we already know them.
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12:25AM on 08/02/2014

Given the financial success of Lucy I'm sure Black Widow will be first

Having her and Hawkeye in their own movie featuring flashbacks for how they got to be who they are seems like a given.
Having her and Hawkeye in their own movie featuring flashbacks for how they got to be who they are seems like a given.
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11:34PM on 08/01/2014
Captain Marvel!!
Captain Marvel!!
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6:59PM on 08/01/2014
The first female solo film HAS to be Black Widow, or Ms. Marvel.
The first female solo film HAS to be Black Widow, or Ms. Marvel.
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6:33PM on 08/01/2014
I don't agree that they have to put characters on hold. I would love to see more of what they did in Winter Soldier with Captain America and Black Widow sharing the movie. Part of me would have liked to see Stark and Banner's relationship deepen in Iron Man 3 before the next Avengers by having them share a movie in a similar way. Why not have more smaller team ups as the universe expands and deepen the bonds between the characters?
I don't agree that they have to put characters on hold. I would love to see more of what they did in Winter Soldier with Captain America and Black Widow sharing the movie. Part of me would have liked to see Stark and Banner's relationship deepen in Iron Man 3 before the next Avengers by having them share a movie in a similar way. Why not have more smaller team ups as the universe expands and deepen the bonds between the characters?
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6:51PM on 08/01/2014
I believe that will become more of a possibility in the future since we got that with Cap and Black Widow. My guess is that they want to tell a great story first and foremost rather than mix and match for the sake of stunt casting.
I believe that will become more of a possibility in the future since we got that with Cap and Black Widow. My guess is that they want to tell a great story first and foremost rather than mix and match for the sake of stunt casting.
6:21PM on 08/01/2014
So it's absolutely confirmed that Wasp isn't going to be in Ant-Man? If so, that blows.
So it's absolutely confirmed that Wasp isn't going to be in Ant-Man? If so, that blows.
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6:56PM on 08/01/2014
Yahoo posted the story where Michael Douglas confirms something happened to Janet and forcing him to retire long before the events of phase 1. However since this is Marvel, I take it all with a grain of salt.
Yahoo posted the story where Michael Douglas confirms something happened to Janet and forcing him to retire long before the events of phase 1. However since this is Marvel, I take it all with a grain of salt.
8:12PM on 08/01/2014
I'm sure Hope will become the new Wasp by the end of the movie, but it's sad that Janet, a founding Avenger in the comics and animated series, is getting killed in what's likely a pre-credits flashback sequence.
I'm sure Hope will become the new Wasp by the end of the movie, but it's sad that Janet, a founding Avenger in the comics and animated series, is getting killed in what's likely a pre-credits flashback sequence.
8:25PM on 08/01/2014
I easily expect Hope to take up the Wasp Mantel. As for why no Janet... Maybe Marvel wanted to avoid people asking for specific storylines and obviously "When's Hank gonna start smacking Janet around?".
I easily expect Hope to take up the Wasp Mantel. As for why no Janet... Maybe Marvel wanted to avoid people asking for specific storylines and obviously "When's Hank gonna start smacking Janet around?".
9:20PM on 08/01/2014
You're probably right BMR
BUT it's still lame to erase, somehow, one of the most important Avengers from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Especially as they claim to try getting strong female characters in it.
BUT, if they kill her in the opening sequence of the film, let's have Catherine Zeta Jones play the (cameo) part !
You're probably right BMR
BUT it's still lame to erase, somehow, one of the most important Avengers from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Especially as they claim to try getting strong female characters in it.
BUT, if they kill her in the opening sequence of the film, let's have Catherine Zeta Jones play the (cameo) part !
6:20PM on 08/01/2014
I hope when they finally get around to it, it's a case of "this is a story that we want to tell" rather than "it's about time we cater to this certain demographic". Then again, this is a major studio and I'm being idealistic...I think there shouldn't be as much inertia as there is. The days of Catwoman and Elektra have long since passed. The MCU is an established entity and moviegoers and fans are different today than they were 10 years ago.
I hope when they finally get around to it, it's a case of "this is a story that we want to tell" rather than "it's about time we cater to this certain demographic". Then again, this is a major studio and I'm being idealistic...I think there shouldn't be as much inertia as there is. The days of Catwoman and Elektra have long since passed. The MCU is an established entity and moviegoers and fans are different today than they were 10 years ago.
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9:24PM on 08/01/2014
FANS, yes, but the average moviegoer, the one that make the success of a movie, maybe not.
I hope I'm wrong though.
FANS, yes, but the average moviegoer, the one that make the success of a movie, maybe not.
I hope I'm wrong though.
6:10PM on 08/01/2014
Black Widow is probably the last female Marvel hero I want getting a movie.
Black Widow is probably the last female Marvel hero I want getting a movie.
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9:27PM on 08/01/2014
Care to tell us why ?
I mean, I respect your opinion, and, as someone said before, I think she's better and more interesting as second-main character, with some mysteries about her ans her past. But I'd like to now your reasons
Care to tell us why ?
I mean, I respect your opinion, and, as someone said before, I think she's better and more interesting as second-main character, with some mysteries about her ans her past. But I'd like to now your reasons
5:41PM on 08/01/2014
It does really suck that every movie they make is essentially going to be a stepping stone to a series. Really gums up the works as far as getting A-listers on screen without devolving them to supporting cast. I think that's the nice thing about Black Widow. She has appeared enough as a side character and will continue to appear and be a big part of Avengers, that you could one-and-done a solo flick to flesh out the character
It does really suck that every movie they make is essentially going to be a stepping stone to a series. Really gums up the works as far as getting A-listers on screen without devolving them to supporting cast. I think that's the nice thing about Black Widow. She has appeared enough as a side character and will continue to appear and be a big part of Avengers, that you could one-and-done a solo flick to flesh out the character
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7:06PM on 08/01/2014
I'd make the argument that the a-listers who sign up for Marvel films are well aware of what they're getting into. I'm pretty sure they tell them "hey right now you're not going to have much, but we want your character for like four films so if you're patient we can really flesh your character out and give you lots more to work with." another argument is that with more than one a-list actor, the entire film isn't riding on just one person's shoulders, it's a joint effort so that takes a lot of
I'd make the argument that the a-listers who sign up for Marvel films are well aware of what they're getting into. I'm pretty sure they tell them "hey right now you're not going to have much, but we want your character for like four films so if you're patient we can really flesh your character out and give you lots more to work with." another argument is that with more than one a-list actor, the entire film isn't riding on just one person's shoulders, it's a joint effort so that takes a lot of the pressure off.
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