The Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to massively change its course with Phase 4. After Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, we'll likely see the last of the Mad Titan Thanos ... and some other familiar faces. With Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr.'s contracts coming to an end, the MCU must usher in a new era. And it’s about damn time, since that means more focus on Marvel's female superheroes.
Marvel's Phase 4 begins with Wasp teaming up with Ant-Man, while Captain Marvel will headline her own film, and the shake-up could lead to Black Widow finding solitude in her own film. With two female-led films — and a potential one that has been on everyone's minds — the era of super-powered women is going to steal the show.
The Wasp Will Shine in Ant-Man and the Wasp
Evangeline Lilly's Hope Van Dyne is, let's be frank, tougher than Paul Rudd's Scott Lang. She trained him in martial arts and guided him to hone his ant-controlling abilities — so in a way, she's responsible for Ant-Man's strength. She helped him mature for the better. Ant-Man and the Wasp will feature Hope as the Wasp. Director Peyton Reed’s decision to let them co-headline is smart, because the first film proved that she could have been a better Ant-Man to begin with.
The sequel will be equally Lilly and Rudd’s film — a perfect balance for our heroes to shine. Ant-Man has all the quips, and the Wasp will kick all ass. The Wasp will be the first female lead in a MCU flick, and another will soon follow.
Captain Marvel Will Truly Mark The New Phase
Iron Man was the original root of the MCU, which served as the launching post for the rest of the superheroes. Headlining in her own movie, Captain Marvel will serve the same purpose for Phase 4.
As star Brie Larson told Vanity Fair:
" movie is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would’ve had growing up. I really, really feel like it’s worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women — I’ll do it."
Marvel has found great success with finding directing duos for their projects, like the Russo Brothers. With the recent addition of directing duo Anna Boden (the MCU's first female director) and Ryan Fleck, Marvel hopes to get a unique vision that is both resonate and empowering for Captain Marvel.
A Black Widow Movie Is Needed Now More Than Ever
With the rise of the Wasp and Captain Marvel, a Black Widow movie is needed to keep the old Avengers connected to the new era. She has always been the constant to the team, just like Claire Temple is to the Defenders.
A Black Widow movie could be a much lower-stakes film — while still action-packed — and would "clean up" at the box office, in the words of Chris Evans. MCU head honcho Kevin Feige seems to have warmed up to the idea, so hopefully it's only a matter of time.
We don't know what Marvel's Phase 4 will entail, but the rise of its women heroes is already off to a powerful start. Having superheroes such as Wasp, Captain Marvel and Black Widow as leaders of the new Avengers would establish countless new fans, and rejuvenate the decade-old franchise for the decade ahead.
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