Working a media junket is never an easy thing to do, but it’s especially tricky to navigate if you’re the driving force behind the highest grossing film franchise of all time. Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, is such a prime mover, and with the twentieth entry into the shared universe, Ant-Man and the Wasp, just over a week away from release, the producing vet of twenty years has inevitably been making the rounds.
While Feige had no issue revealing, just the other day, that the first trailer for Captain Marvel is “still a few months” away, the MCU head honcho has been much more deliberate in selecting his vocabulary when discussing Phase Four details.
Post-Phase Three, there are only two confirmed installments – at least, at the moment: Spider-Man: Far From Home and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but don’t expect to hear anything concrete on either anytime soon. Earlier this week, Feige told Cinema Blend that, “we’re holding off on specifics on all of it for all the same reasons we hold off on everything. For the most part, it keeps the surprises going.”
He took pretty much the same approach while discussing an all-female MCU spinoff with ScreenRant. Having been relatively supportive of the notion in the past, a female-driven superhero film is nothing new to the Marvel Studios President of Production. In the end, however, although Feige stated we would eventually get to a point where half of the Marvel heroes will be women, ultimately, he gave a non-committal response. Though it was more so a result of the MCU’s restrictive nature, than his stance on the matter.
“As the plan goes forward I think frankly we’ll be … you know, eventually I think we’re going to reach a time where it’s not just … listen, it would be amazing to see all of our female characters the way we have seen … most, never all male, but primarily male. I think we’re getting to the point soon where we have so many great female characters that those are just our heroes as opposed to when are they all female, all male. It’s just the Marvel heroes, more than half of which will be women.”
With Captain Marvel – the next MCU instalment, following Ant-Man and the Wasp, of course – not scheduled for release until 2019, Feige will have plenty of time during the interim to get the ball rolling on an all-female MCU spinoff. In the meantime, though, we’ll just have to make due with the superheroes we’ve got, and judging by the way things are going, that’s not necessarily such a bad thing.