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Kevin Feige Says More Women-Led Marvel Films Are On the Way

September 6, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Speaking with EW, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that more women-led Marvel Cinematic Universe films are on the way. Feige spoke with the site about Captain Marvel and said that the company has more films set to be announced soon.

“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,” Feige said. “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.”

It has been been reported that the company is working on a Black Widow solo film, though it has not yet officially been announced. No other projects have been reported on yet.

Asked why it took so long for female superhero solo movies to come to pass, Feige said, “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 is assumedly referencing the failure of films like Catwoman, Elektra and Sucker Punch. The first two of those films fell short of financial expectations within a year of each other in the early ’00s, while Sucker Punch’s failure in 2011 was cited as a reason why studios decided to shy away from female-led films.