I’m actually just asking the question. If you haven’t read any Kevin Feige interviews than you won’t know what I’m talking about, however if you have, you know he likes to play coy and always gives the run around on questions like the title. /Film has a great compilation.
If you don’t want to read it, whenever Kevin Feige has been asked about a solo Black Widow movie or female-lead property Feige generally says that Widow was a key character in a movie that was an ensemble piece. Claiming that The Avengers was a Black Widow movie and that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a Black Widow movie. He is also very willing to point out that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have a female lead and Jessica Jones will also lead her own Netflix series.
Reasons For a Female Lead
Many people have claimed that Captain Marvel(Carol Danvers) would make an exciting movie, and have also cited other heroes such as She-Hulk, White Tiger, Valkyrie, and Misty Knight. They also cite the push that she has been getting in the comics.
Another argument is that Marvel was willing to give us a talking tree and a gun-toting badmouth raccoon, but still refuses to acknowledge solid plans for a female-lead film.
On top of all of this, there is proven data to show that female-lead movies can win at the box office. The Hunger Games, Gravity, Frozen, Divergent, and most recently Lucy are all examples of this.
The women are some of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe, and one of them happens to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe very soon. The Scarlet Witch.
Marvel has repeatedly made B-list/unknown characters to the public into household names, so why not with a woman?
Reasons Against a Female Lead
NONE of the other studios that do superhero movies have really stepped forward on this either. Unless you count Lucy and that is kind of a stretch.
Yes, we did get Rocket and Groot. And yes they are absolutely going to be household names soon. However, they are not the leads of the film. The film centers mostly around Peter Quill and Gamora.
Frozen comes after a long history of Disney Princesses and in many cases that makes any Disney Princess a pretty safe bet at the box office. While we’re on this topic, are there any Disney movies led by Disney Princes? Does the Lion King count? (This is just something I’m pondering.)
Divergent and The Hunger Games come from established fan bases in their books. I don’t know what the numbers are for Captain Marvel but I don’t think she is quite in that ballpark.
A lot of really badass Marvel women are tied up in studio rights. Namely the X-Men girls.
This last one is the one I think is the most probable. They do in fact want to make a female-lead movie. However their slate has been figured out for some time, and they aren’t trying to shoehorn a movie that wasn’t a part of the original plan in there. Marvel’s first female-lead movie has to be perfect. If it isn’t, they will get absolutely CRUCIFIED for it and that is a fact. If it fails, that’ll setback the possibility of more diversity quite a bit. Had the original Iron Man failed(thank goodness it didn’t) Marvel Studios might not even be a thing right now.
Neutral Fact That Work For Both Arguments
Marvel has already created really great female characters. Pepper Potts literally killed the villain in Iron Man 3. Jane Foster developed the tools to kill Malekith. Black Widow tricked Loki in the Avengers. Peggy Carter was so badass she’s getting a TV show.
You could argue that because they are essentially already the heroes of the movie, they just don’t have their names on the title. However, if these characters are already that awesome, why can’t their name be on the title? This argument gets pretty circular at this point.
Let me be clear, I do want a female-lead movie. My personal preference would be She-Hulk or Rescue simply because I really dig the characters, but I understand the challenges that each brings. I simply wanted to point out some things in defense of Marvel because they are getting skewered on this topic.
So please, sound off, I’m very curious to hear your thoughts.
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