Upon its origin, the Marvel Cinematic Universe wasn’t the most diverse. As with many of their classic heroes, this world consisted of white male supers, with very few exceptions. However, slowly, but surely, they’ve managed to incorporate a more diverse cast, and more specifically, they’ve slowly managed to fill out the roster of women in the films.
Initially relegated to the sidelines as love interests, female supers have finally started to gain prominence in the films, with the likes of Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, the Wasp, Shuri, Okoye, Gamora, and Mantis beginning to populate this little world. However, as it stands, the cast is still largely white and still largely male. But it sounds like the future may see a bit of a reversal, as Kevin Feige revealed to Screen Rant in a recent interview:
“But, as the plan goes forward I think frankly we’ll be … you know, eventually I think we’re going to reach a time where it’s not just … listen, it would be amazing to see all of our female characters the way we have seen … most, never all male, but primarily male. I think we’re getting to the point soon where we have so many great female characters that those are just our heroes as opposed to when are they all female, all male. It’s just the Marvel heroes, more than half of which will be women.”
It doesn’t sound like they’re necessarily going out of their way to make this happen, but as they make their way down the long list of supers, it makes sense that more and more females would be present. That being said, with all the money this franchise is making — and all the money the female-centric Black Panther made — it’s not insane for them to realize that in bringing in more female heroes that they can cast a much wider net in popularity.
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SOURCE: Screen Rant