Of the 20 Marvel films released since 2008, not one has featured a female lead. There have been plenty of female characters, like Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow and Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, but none were the lead heroes. It was all starting to look a bit out of date in the #MeToo era.
That is about to change: Walt Disney DIS 0.24% on Tuesday premiered the trailer for “Captain Marvel,” aka Carol Danvers, who in the 1970s comic books was a fighter pilot who had her DNA fused with that of an alien.
With this film, scheduled for release in March, Disney is reaching into Marvel’s obscure back catalog. But they have done so successfully before with “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Moreover, last year’s “Wonder Woman” from rival DC Comics grossed more than $ 800 million world-wide, according to Box Office Mojo.
Marvel will get more female heroes when Fox ’s X-Men franchise comes into Disney’s fold, offering iconic characters like Storm and Jean Grey. A better gender balance could be just what is needed to keep Marvel’s box-office party going strong.