Barring the odd scenario of your having been living in a bomb shelter since Cold War days, you would know how the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Black Panther has featured a list of peculiar African characters, but, a set of powerful female characters as well. While Marvel is no stranger to depicting females in action, fans have always clamored for more.
It all started with Natasha Romanoff, better known as Black Widow, who debuted in Iron-Man 2 and has been a key player in all the Avengers missions since then.
Back to the present day, Black Panther brings in Nakia, a spy and the queen to be of Wakanda, and Shuri, the supremely talented Wakandan princess. Not only those two but, we also get to see King T’Challa accompanied by his most loyal guard Okoye and the Dora Milaje, an all-woman warrior squad.
With so much woman power at display, it would be sensible to keep the flow going literally. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is awake to the fact about the potential of the present female talent in Marvel Cinematic Universe. “It is an embarrassment of riches,” Feige told Vulture. He further stated, “Even watching the audience at the Black Panther premiere respond to Lupita, Letitia, and certainly Danai in their action sequences … you watch Danai spinning around in that casino, taking out dozens of people, and you go, ‘Of course you can make a whole movie about that!’”
Up next for Marvel Cinematic Universe is Avengers: Infinity War, which will have all hands on deck as far as the heroes are concerned. However, beyond that, Marvel Studios is set to release various movies led by female characters. The decision to include more women in lead roles is a part of the future long-term plans for MCU, according to Feige.
During the last one year itself, we have seen Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok and the various women from Black Panther as discussed above, and fans are wondering whether or when will these characters return to the big screen.
“It is all about figuring out when and how,” said Feige. He then gave a hint saying, “But by the way, many of them have already filmed additional scenes in upcoming movies, so some of that is gonna come sooner rather than later. All of them will be seen again.”
“It is all about figuring out when and how” Feige remarked. He also gave an indication by saying, “But by the way, many of them have already filmed additional scenes in upcoming movies, so some of that is gonna come sooner rather than later. All of them will be seen again.”
Upcoming movies refer to Avengers: Infinity War, but, beyond that, we can look forward to Ant-Man and the Wasp releasing in July. Apart from Evangeline Lilly who will debut as The Wasp, we will also see a new character Janet Van Dyne, who will be debuting in MCU. The character of Janet Van Dyne is played by Michelle Pfeiffer who is renowned for a number of incredible performances during her career. Her joining MCU is definitely good news, especially considering the importance of Janet Van Dyne in the comic books as well as the movie.
“I don’t want to say too much, but I will say that’s she’s every bit as iconic and amazing in this part as you would imagine,” Feige said. “People ask sometimes about movie stars and star power and who’s the most exciting person to be around, and the truth is that once you get to know them as people, they don’t feel like movie stars — everybody is just a super-impressive human. But in a room full of movie stars, Michelle Pfeiffer rises to the top.”
After Ant-Man and The Wasp, we will see the first Marvel film to have a solo female lead in Captain Marvel, scheduled to release in March next year. A lot of people are speculating that she will play a cameo in Avengers: Infinity War. Maybe this is the “sooner rather than later” reference by Feige.
For now, we only have some set photos of Brie Larson wearing the Captain Marvel costume. Therefore, it is purely speculation as to when she will be first seen on the big screen. Considering the enthusiasm shown by Kevin Feige, it might be soon.
Black Panther is currently playing in theaters whereas Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and The Wasp will release this year and Captain Marvel will follow in March 2019.