The MCU is Ushering in a New Age For Female Superheroes
Hawkeye’s recent two-episode premiere set up what should be an incredible series, and with the introduction of the incredibly funny and heroic Kate Bishop, it’s undeniable: the MCU is ushering in a new age for female superheroes.
Marvel’s Phase Four breaks down the previous preconceptions of what a Marvel movie is in order to help redefine what people now come to expect from the studio.
WandaVision, Loki, and Falcon and the Winter Soldier all challenged the status quo of the MCU in ways that had previously been untouched.
With Black Widow reviving a post-pandemic theatrical experience that was suffering immensely from the COVID-19 crisis, it’s clear that the MCU is paving a new kind of future for the studio – a future that embraces the immense legacy of women in Marvel.
Not only did projects like WandaVision highlight the incredible character of Wanda Maximoff, or Black Widow highlight the fantastic development of Natasha Romanoff and the introduction of Yelena Balova, and Shang-Chi introduce the undeniable power of Xialing; all of which make clear that Marvel is entering a new age for female superheroes.
These new introductions and further explorations of previously introduced female characters all point to the reality that, for Marvel studios, no longer will male and female characters be separated in the kinds of stories they tell.
Both will be approached with respect, dignity, and an eye towards telling the best story possible.
Not only did we get some incredible female performances thus far out of Marvel’s Phase Four slate, but the reality is also that the MCU is just getting started.
Characters like Wanda, Valkyrie, Wasp, and Captain Marvel will all be joined by the debuts of several female heroes over the next year.
Shuri is likely to have a starring role in Black Panther Wakanda Forever, Yelena Balova is undoubtedly the heir apparent to the Black Widow Moniker, Bishop is clearly ready to take on the Hawkeye name next, America Chavez will debut in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Not to mention Kamala Kahn, She-Hulk, and Echo getting their own Disney+ series, and Monica Rambeau being a major part of the upcoming Marvels film, there is no shortage of female superheroes prepared to carry starring roles in the next evolution of the MCU; and that’s immensely exciting.
The transition from a focus on male-centered stories, to a willingness to tell stories regardless of gender, shows a beautiful- and long-overdue- focus on character over anything else.
The MCU has firmly entrenched themselves as the pioneer for a strong female presence in their films; following closely to the legacy set forth in their source material because Marvel comics have been here all along.