The Future of the MCU Women

May 14, 2018

The Future of the MCU Women

Article by Lavender Vroman
Cover art by Felipe de Lima.

Many of the most memorable moments in “Avengers: Infinity War” belong to the women of the MCU, like that awesome fight scene with Black Widow, Okoye, and Scarlet Witch vs. Proxima Midnight, or Gamora’s willingness to sacrifice herself to thwart the plans of worst-dad-in-the-universe Thanos.

It took Marvel a while to build a solid lineup of superheroines. Many of the women of the MCU started out as supporting characters and are just now evolving into formidable, three-dimensional figures. But the future is looking brighter for the ladies of Marvel.

The much-anticipated “Captain Marvel” movie will arrive in March 2019. A Black Widow standalone film is in development. And earlier this year, “Thor: Ragnarok” star Tessa Thompson revealed she pitched an all-female Avengers movie to studio head Kevin Feige, who was receptive to the idea.

Judging by “Infinity War,” the women of the MCU are more than ready to have the spotlight all to themselves. Here’s where they stand now and what roles they might play in the future.

Black Widow:
Scarlett Johansson’s sleeper agent turned superhero is a big star of the MCU, but in the past she’s been objectified – see Tony Stark’s reaction to her in “Iron Man 2” – and awkwardly paired up with Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner. In “Age of Ultron” and “Civil War,” she graduated to peacemaker of the Avengers and a strong ally to Captain America who acts according to her convictions. If an all-woman Avengers team is assembled in the future, she’d make an excellent leader.

Scarlet Witch:
Many people are wondering what happened to Wanda Maximoff’s accent in “Infinity War,” but I’m more preoccupied with the sheer power radiating from this woman’s witchy fingertips. When Emily Olsen’s Scarlet Witch faces off against Thanos in “Infinity War,” it’s truly awe-inspiring. I’d love to see the full potential and limits of her power explored further.  

Gamora: When Zoe Saldana’s green-hued killer first hooked up with her fellow Guardians of the Galaxy, she was ruthless and unemotional. In “Infinity War,” she has become the conscience of the group, even instructing Star-Lord to kill her if necessary to save the universe. However unlikely her return may seem after her death at the hands of Thanos, it’s impossible to picture an all-woman Avengers without her.

Mantis: Pom Klementieff’s quirky empath may appear to exist simply for comic relief, but in “Infinity War,” she comes close to stopping Thanos in his tracks, if it wasn’t for Star-Lord. She could be one of the funniest and most unexpectedly powerful women of the MCU.

Shuri: Let’s face it. “Infinity War” just didn’t provide us enough of Letitia Wright’s tech-genius princess, who we all fell in love with in “Black Panther.” Give us more Shuri! She could easily be a younger, hipper, smarter replacement for Tony Stark.

Okoye: When Thanos’ Black Order brings the fight to Wakanda, Dana Gurira’s general fiercely leads the defense, alongside King T’Challa. She also delivers one of the most inspiring lines of the film, about making Wakanda’s end “the noblest end in history.” Although it’s a sure thing we’re going to see more of Okoye in future Black Panther movies, here’s hoping she’ll pop up in as many other films as possible.

Captain Marvel: Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers doesn’t actually appear in “Infinity War,” but she is referenced in an end-credit scene hinting she may be the key to unraveling Thanos’ reality-bending rein of death. Feige has already said Captain Marvel is the most powerful superhero in the MCU. Clearly, he has plans for her beyond her upcoming standalone film. We can’t wait to find out exactly what they are.

What are your thoughts and predictions for the super-heroines of the MCU? Leave a comment below and let us know!



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