The ladies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe pose for the camera in a brand new photo. The star-studded image features franchise veterans like Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), and Karen Gillan (Nebula), as well as Evangeline Lily (Hope van Dyne), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), and Pom Klementieff (Mantis). Also included here are Brie Larson, who will play the titular role in Captain Marvel, and Danai Gurira, who will debut as the Wakandian warrior Okoye in next year’s Black Panther.

Proving that proper representation matters to the company, Marvel Studios seems to be upping their game when it comes to shining light on their female characters. Not only has the number of actresses in the massive franchise grown significantly over the last couple of years, the saga is also gearing up to debut their first female superhero solo film with Larson’s Captain Marvel. Further, the possibility of seeing an all-women MCU project is no longer outside the realm of possibilities after Thompson, who made her Marvel debut in Thor: Ragnarok, and a couple of other female MCU stars pitched the idea to studio chief Kevin Feige (who appears to be open to the concept).

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Said photo was released online by Ragnarok co-writer Craig  Kyle, who shared it via his official Twitter account. Judging from the casual look that the actresses are sporting, it’s likely that it was taken during the secret Marvel photo shoot that was held in Atlanta to celebrate the MCU’s upcoming 10-year anniversary. The gathering was attended by 83 key personalities, including the brains behind Marvel Comics, Stan  Lee. Check out the cool image below:

While some female cast members like Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Michelle Pfeiffer (Janet van Dyne), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), and Colbie Smulders (Maria Hill) weren’t in the snap, the list of actresses included in the photo is impressive in itself. Looking at it, it’s not hard to imagine all of them suited up as their MCU counterparts, running around and saving the day in their very own film. The only question is, where would that fit in Marvel’s grand scheme of things? Their slate is filled up until summer 2019 and unless the studio does some rescheduling (which seems doubtful at this stage), chance are, such a project won’t be happening in the near future.

The MCU has missed out on the chance to release the first modern female superhero film – what with DC having beaten them to the punch with this year’s smash hit Wonder Woman – and Feige has admitted that he regrets Marvel not getting there first. They could have easily produced a Black Widow sometime back in either Phase 1 or Phase 2 of the MCU, but it feels like that that ship has sailed now, despite Feige’s ongoing insistence that he’s “committed” to making a Black Widow movie happen. Whether that happens or not, the studio is still making strides, starting with Ant-Man and the Wasp next year, followed by Captain Marvel in 2019.

Other studios are likewise stepping up their game when it comes to female superhero movies, with Sony developing Silver & Black for a 2019 release and DC planning to make Gotham City Sirens at some point in the foreseeable future. In the meantime, at least some of these brilliant MCU actresses will be sharing the screen with one another during next year’s Avengers: Infinity War.

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Source: Craig Kyle

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