Considering he’s the President of Marvel Studios, you’d think Kevin Feige would have a handle on their upcoming projects, right? Well, Feige was asked about the prospects of a female solo film recently and his answer amounted to, “Uhh, umm, we have great female characters in our films already!” Oh, Mr. Feige, Natasha would like a word with you.
Movies.com interviewed Feige in advance of Thor: The Dark World, but we’re very happy they got right down to what we really want to know:
We asked Feige straight up whether Marvel will deliver fans a solo female superhero movie before DC. “Good question. I don’t know what they’re doing or what they’re planning,’ Feige said. “I know we have numerous exciting female heroes, whether none of them are currently slated, some of them are in development — frankly, you can look at what Jane Foster does in [Thor: The Dark World], look at Pepper Potts literally saving the day and defeating the bad guy in Iron Man 3, and I’d say we already have great female heroes that are showcased and play major roles in our universe now. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as you will see, features Black Widow in her biggest role yet in any of our films. In terms of a solo standalone female hero, I’m not sure when that will be. We make two movies a year, we’ve planned through 2015 and we have some ideas of what we’re doing in 2016 and 2017, so we’ll see what happens.”
First of all: “I don’t know what they’re doing or what they’re planning,” is probably the most ridiculous thing a studio head can say. [Edit: It's been brought to my attention he might have been referring to Warner Bros. here. Either way, it would be nice to hear enthusiasm here.] It could be Marvel actually does have a female solo film planned but doesn’t want to let the news out just yet but either way, his answer makes me shake my head.
There was a vague rumor floating around over the weekend that Janet van Dyne (otherwise known as The Wasp) could appear in Marvel’s Ant-Man, but again, not a solo film. Yes, we’re thrilled you have some fantastic Marvel Comics women in your films right now but it would be even more fantastic were you to really put your support behind one and give them their own film. Natalie Portman recently hinted a female solo film might be coming soon and Katee Sackhoff tried dancing around a few comments about Captain Marvel not too long ago, but again, no confirmation.
What do you think of Feige’s comments?