Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige wishes the MCU had beaten DC's Wonder Woman to the punch of being the first female-driven superhero movie of this modern era. You don't need a lasso of truth for people to tell you that 2017's Wonder Woman is one of the best representations of women in comic book movies, earning widespread critical praise when it premiered and breaking box office records en route to an $821.7 million worldwide haul.
Since the big superhero movie boom which started with X-Men back in 2000, our screens have been chocked with muscular men like Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth, and Henry Cavill. All that changed in 2016 when Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman burst into our lives during Batman V Superman. Following on from her cameo in the superhero brawl, Gadot took the comic book movie world by storm with the epic Wonder Woman and gave Warner Bros.' DCEU some of its reputation back.
While the DCEU struggles as a whole to match up to the runaway success of Disney's MCU, you can see why Marvel bigwig Kevin Feige may be suffering from a case of regret when it comes to Wonder Woman. Speaking to Vanity Fair, he opened up about how Warner Bros. beat him to it by putting a woman as a movie's focus, but remains confident that he can deliver something special too:
“I think it’s always fun to be first with most things. Everything’s going to work out."
The MCU may have sadly missed the boat on this, but they are making strides for the future. Franchise stars like Tessa Thompson have already pitched an all-female superhero movie, and Captain Marvel is on the way for a 2019 premiere. Feige promised the Brie Larson vehicle "is a very different type of movie.”As Disney's answer to Wonder Woman, directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are bringing Captain Marvel to theaters for a 1990s-set adventure
Effectively Marvel's very own Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel is set to be an intergalactic romp with all the makings of something great. Given the MCU's track record with superhero movies - and its recent run of luck with movies like Thor: Ragnarok - Captain Marvel could be one to challenge Wonder Woman's impressive box office takings. Also, helping to round off the MCU's super-sized Phase 3, Carol Danvers expected to help kickstart a more cosmic version of the cinematic universe while also cementing Larson among the good and the great of the studio's superhero roster.
Whether it was Patty Jenkins' magic touch or the growing demand for for a female-led superhero tentpole, Wonder Woman was something of a box office blockbuster. Breaking records across the board, it looks like the male-dominated world of super in suits wasn't adverse to letting the fairer sex take over. Of course, this means there is now a lot of pressure for Captain Marvel to follow in Jenkins' footsteps. However, with the DCEU pushing forward with Wonder Woman 2 and Batgirl, there are plenty of wonder women fighting for the top spot. Either way, it looks like this is a woman's world now and those macho men had better watch their backs - girl power is in full effect.
Source: Vanity Fair
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) release date: May 03, 2019