Disney's two most valuable acquisitions in recent years, LucasFilm and Marvel, have come under fire over that time due to the lack of leading female characters in their films.
In fact, the addition of only one female name to the initial "Star Wars: Episode VII" cast list led to much speculation that the subsequent casting of Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie in key roles was a reaction to the backlash.
Marvel, meanwhile, has felt pressure regarding the company's lack of a female led superhero movie. The most likely options for one, were they to go ahead, would be a Black Widow solo adventure or a stand-alone Captain Marvel franchise.
Even so, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige tells Screen Crush they will not be forced into making a female superhero movie until they feel they have one they want to do - despite the backlash they may get for taking that path:
"I don't think J.J. Abrams or the Star Wars people - I have no idea - but my guess is that they were not swayed by any backlash. We're not going to be swayed by the backlash. We're going to keep bringing the movies out the way we envision it and the way we believe in it - and that includes diversity in all of the active films. And certainly, on our development slate of many of the characters and always being conscious of that. The great thing for us is the comics have been conscious of that through the decades and have been rather pioneering in that over the years."
Feige was also asked if recent changes to Thor and Captain America in the comics could end up being brought into the movies in the future:
"Well, look, listen, as you know, that's happened before in the comics. It's getting a lot of attention because they've just done it, but both of those things have happened in the past. So, it's always that's part of the fun. There's always that chance to surprise people or to switch up - a number of people have worn the Cap costume. A number of people have lifted Mjolnir. So, that's all fodder for future storytelling."