Marvel Studio’s president, Kevin Feige opened the Pandora’s Box at the San Diego Comic-Con earlier today with a barrage of details regarding the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after its recently wrapped-up Phase 3.
During its panel, Feige talked about all of the movies and series that the studio is planning to make in the next couple of years. In a nutshell, he announced a staggering total of ten films, which Marvel fans have been crooning about on Twitter.
Without a doubt, the MCU helped shape pop culture with its widely popular movies from the past decade. However, a relatively vast majority of its superhero ensemble featured mainly male characters. Fortunately, as one door closes, another one opens, and it’s welcoming more female superheroes into the mix.
Not that the MCU is a sexist and misogynistic production house, but most of the cornerstone heroes featured in the big screen have been the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. Furthermore, they’re the only characters from the Original Six Avengers heroes that had the opportunity not only to receive one but three stand-alone films each.
Notably, Marvel Studio has taken into account the lack of female influence when it comes to saving the world from aliens, destruction, or a giant purple alien attempting (attempted) to wipe out half of the whole population in the universe.
It has long introduced Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff among the Original Six but being the only woman in the group surely can’t be enough. So, in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, Wanda Maximoff or Scarlet Witch (played by Elizbeth Olsen) became an integral member of the Avengers.
Towards the end of the Infinity War saga, the MCU debuted its newest hero: Captain Marvel (played by Brie Larson), which has shaped to become one of the studio’s cornerstone heroes in the upcoming Phase 4 in 2020. Furthermore, the studio cannot make her any more prominent as the comics itself tell that she is the strongest superhero in the Marvel Universe.
Pushing forward, now that Phase 3 has officially closed its chapter through Spider-Man: Far From Home, which is a telling story of what happened after the events of Avengers: Endgame. The MCU is ready to put the Phase 4 wheels, which was already in motion, in full throttle.
Among Feige’s announcements, three particular movies are about to set the tone for women representation in the MCU even louder. First, which is the most obvious, Captain Marvel will have its second stand-alone movie in Phase 4.
However, Feige only brushed on the topic and did not provide any clear indication of how the story will play out or when it will be released, nonetheless it is to be expected.
Captain Marvel proved to be a bigger-than-expected hit at the box office as it grossed $1.1 billion globally. It served as Marvel’s first-ever solo female superhero movie. Critically, the film holds a decent 78 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Other than being the first woman featured in an MCU movie, Larson has been advocating and pushing the Studio to venture farther and introduce a superhero belonging from the LGBT community.
“It wasn’t enough for me to just look strong on a poster; it needed to extend further than that,” she told Variety.
Marvel producer Victoria Alonso added that the “world is ready” for a gay superhero. “I’m so passionate about this,” she told Variety. “Our entire success is based on people that are incredibly different. Why wouldn’t we? Why would we only want to be recognized by only one type of person? Our audience is global, is diverse, is inclusive. If we don’t do it that way for them, we will fail.”
According to Alonso, The Eternals—coming to theaters next year—will feature a queer lead.
The second movie that Feige mentioned during the studio’s SDCC panel was the confirmation of the Black Widow movie, an origin story to Natasha Romanoff and her past.
Although Romanoff’s character has been present since the early years of the Avengers storyline, took her ten years and eventual death in Endgame, at least she is finally getting the stand-alone film that she deserves.
The plot will revolve around Romanoff being trained as an assassin by the Russian KGB since childhood and how she ended up becoming an agent of SHIELD and an Avenger. It will also deal with Nat’s secretes, will help her understand her past, and put all the pieces of herself back together
Other cast members include O-T Fagbenle, Golden Globe nominee David Harbour, Florence Pugh, Ray Winstone, and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz.
Black Widow opens the MCU Phase 4 in theaters on May 1, 2020.
Finally, one of the most surprising and exciting twist to the MCU is the announcement that Natalie Portman will return to the Thor franchise with Thor: Love and Thunder.
However, this time around, Portman’s Jane Foster won’t be a love interest for the God of Thunder but will get the chance of picking up Mjölnir itself.
In other words, Portman’s the newest addition to the list of mighty heroes deserving enough to wield the weapon-—following after Steve Rogers/Captain America who used it against Thanos in Endgame.
The announcement was made in a quirky way as Portman joined Feige on the stage with Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and director Taika Waititi. Waititi even kneeled and offered the Mjölnir to her as some honorary rite.
Her super new role in the fourth Thor film is based on Jason Aaron’s comic book run that saw Jane Foster ultimately becoming the Mighty Lady Thor when Thor Odinson finds himself unworthy of picking up Mjölnir.