Captain Marvel will be the MCU's first solo superheroine film, and she's definitely the best heroine that Marvel has in its roster. Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, has been a long-standing Avenger, even a member of the X-Men, and recently went into space with the Guardians of the Galaxy. She's also supremely powerful, cosmic, and, having been the leader of the Avengers on more than one occasion, has proven she can for sure play with the big boys. And with her solo movie, it could indicate some long-overdue updates are in store!
Phase Four Will Find The Ladies Leading The Way
Her solo movie has been a long time coming. Since the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans have been asking for more female superheroes and have pushed hard for a Black Widow solo movie. So far, she has played the biggest role of all the female characters, having appeared in five films, and Scarlet Witch joined the Avengers during the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron and proved to be invaluable during Captain America: Civil War. We also have Gamora and Nebula from Guardians of the Galaxy, and upcoming addition Mantis in the sequel. We've seen Quake take the lead storyline on the — let's be honest — largely female-powered Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Netflix Jessica Jones series has been received to large critical acclaim, Elektra joined Season 2 of Daredevil in a role that might as well have been a co-lead, and Agent Peggy Carter got her own short-lived series in Marvel's Agent Carter. And we were introduced to Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man. But even with these superheroines, it still leaves us with a majority that heavily favors male heroes and villains.
But that looks to be changing in the next few years. Avengers: Infinity War - Part I is coming to theaters in May 2018, with its sequel being released exactly one year later. These two long-awaited films will be the culmination of the Infinity Stones storyline that was put into motion from the very beginning of Phase One. It's interesting that the two MCU films that will be released between the two Infinity War films are Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel. These films will introduce two of the biggest superheroines in all of Marvel history — even though we already saw Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man, this will be her first turn as the Wasp, and we know it won't be as a sidekick, but as a co-lead. Hopefully this means that going into Phase Four we'll see female superheroes finally take a huge lead!
The Captain Marvel Movie Will Play An Epic Part In This
Captain Marvel has had a huge impact in Marvel canon, and will no doubt become one of the lead characters of the MCU, just as she is in the comics. It's likely that we'll see her appear in at least one of the Infinity War two-parter (if not both), and it would be epic to see her lead the Avengers on the big screen one day!
With the contracts of RDJ, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth coming to an end and potentially not being renewed, Marvel is looking for characters to replace them as the leads in the MCU. Spider-Man and Captain Marvel are two characters who could easily fill this role, along with Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Winter Soldier, and the newer Avengers.
With Captain Marvel we have endless possibilities. She could easily become the leader of the Avengers if Cap or Iron Man dies, we could see her become the leader of a new movie-based S.H.I.E.L.D., travel into space for cosmic adventures with other Avengers or the Guardians, or even see her start and lead the Avengers Academy where young superheroes are trained to become full-time Avengers.
Black Widow is already one of the MCU's most popular heroes, so when Captain Marvel and the Wasp undoubtedly grow in popularity and their films perform admirably, it's very likely we'll see more and more female characters join the movie universe. And Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has been vocal about wanting to add more kickass female characters to the MCU's roster:
With the X-Men and Fantastic Four rights over at Fox Studios it's highly unlikely we'll see any of them join the MCU anytime soon. It's unfortunate, but it still leaves us with a ton of great superheroines to choose from: She-Hulk, Rescue (Pepper Potts), Black Cat, Spider-Woman, Tigra, Spider-Gwen, Echo or Stature and Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) to represent the Young Avengers. We could also see other female Guardians like Moondragon or Quasar, or even fan favorites like Miss America and Ms. Marvel.
As Marvel, and superheroes in general, move toward wide audience acceptance and popularity, it's becoming more and more common to see young girls infatuated with superheroes just as young boys are. As the fastest-growing demographic of comic book readers, girls have proven that comic books are no longer solely the domain of guys. Hopefully we can move away from the stigma that girls aren't interested in comic books, or their movies, because they already are. Because if we had more great, female-led comic book movies, it can only be good for the genre as a whole!