As part of EW’s cover story regarding the upcoming “Captain Marvel” film this week, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spoke with the outlet and confirmed the company is currently developing more female-led Marvel movies and plans to announce their release in the near future.
Currently “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is the first film which includes a female hero in the title, but “Captain Marvel” will serve as the studio’s first female-led superhero film. Feige says:
“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.”
Asked why a female superhero solo movie took so long to develop, Feige says there are many but one of them is the wrong perception that female superhero movies are not capable of having box office success.
“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.”
Feige added that the success of “Wonder Woman” made him very happy. At present, the only other announced female-led Marvel film in the works is their long-awaited and long overdue Scarlett Johansson-led “Black Widow” movie which Cate Shortland is directing.