Marvel’s severe lack of equality between their male and female superheroes has not gone unnoticed. Sure, there’s the Black Widow, there’s Gamora, there’s Scarlet Witch, there’s… Peggy Carter? Does she count? Well, she brandishes a weapon and acts like a badass, so in our eyes that’s a yes. Woo hoo, there’s women in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! But their appearances are far from equal when compared to their male counterparts – not one female superhero has her own movie in the MCU.
While that trend sees little sign of bucking anytime soon, there might be hope for at the very least greater visibility. Speaking at DragonCon this weekend in Atlanta, Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn answered one question which offers a brief smear of hope.
As reported by Collider who were at the event:
“Gunn stated that he wanted to steer clear of “earthlings” in his side of the Marvel universe, allowing Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) to be the main focus from Earth. While he agreed that more than likely, Carol Danvers would appear sooner rather than later in the Marvel movies, there were plenty of other women in the comic book roster of the Guardians of the Galaxy and he was more than excited to begin introducing them into future films. The plan, according to Gunn, is to introduce new female characters into the world of Guardians as soon as he could.”
It might not be the excited reveal we’d been hoping for – but it’s still early days. As Gunn is working on pre-production for the sequel to Guardians now, does this mean he’s already earmarked other female Guardians? With Phyla-Vell, Mantis and Moondragon all ripe to be plucked from the comics, it seems like this is a highly likely scenario. Mainly because the roster of Guardians – regardless of gender – isn’t prolific. Well, not when compared to The Avengers.
Do you want to see more female superheroes in Guardians Of The Galaxy? Of course you do, we know that. Sound off anyway! Go on, show your support!