– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The era of the female superhero film is coming! Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. We’re actually just getting a few female superhero films over the course of the next few years. The first is DC’s Wonder Woman, in which Gal Gadot will return as the titular character. On July 6, 2018, Marvel will be releasing Ant-Man and the Wasp, a film that will bring Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne to the forefront alongside Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang (a.k.a. Ant-Man). Coming relatively late to the game in March 2019 will be Captain Marvel, the studio’s first full-on female-led solo film, which stars Oscar-winner Brie Larson in the lead role.

In the grand scheme of things, these three films are but a fraction of the male-led superhero films out there, but all the same, this is an important step in the right direction, as studios are finally acknowledging that girls and women actually make up a decent-sized chunk of their audience. Seeing them in the lead of their own movies is something that’s long since been overdue.

Speaking with The Mary Sue, Marvel producer Victoria Alonso stated that she believes the representation of women is something that can improved, not just at Marvel Studios, but in the industry as a whole.

“I think we have a lot of work to do. I think this is a good beginning, we’re chipping at it but it’s a big mountain and I feel like we’re a little behind in our chipping. So all hands on deck to make sure we continue to make an impact, we continue to empower women and we empower diversity and we empower all kinds of people because everyone has the inner strength to become a superhero. I will not rest until we have the first female superhero movie on the screen and I hope it’s the first of many to come. And I hope DC Comics does the same thing. And I hope every other studio does the same thing because we need to have more of it. Forty percent of our fans are women, so we’ve been failing them. We gotta make sure that we don’t. We gotta get out there and make sure that 40 percent as well as the other 60 percent will be delighted by awesome, powerful women telling great stories. So it’s a good beginning, but the progress that we need to make is far more than what we have made.”

Of course, the big female-led movie coming from Marvel Studios is previously-mentioned Captain Marvel, a film we know little-to-nothing about, apart from the fact that Brie Larson is in the leading role. Alonso gave the outlet an update on that movie.

“We have an incredible performer in Brie Larson and a devoted woman to hold this banner which is a heavy one, I have to say. We’re in early conversations. We have writers and we are trying to get a script done. We don’t have a director yet, but it’s coming. It’s all coming.”

It’s a shame we don’t have a better idea of just when it’s all coming, but given we still have about two and a half years to go, we can’t say there isn’t time to find out. In between now and the movie’s release, we have seven other Marvel films to get through, so we’ll likely have to wait at least another year before any other juicy details make their way to us.

Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8, 2019.

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SOURCE: The Mary Sue

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.