Female Marvel Characters Have Certainly Made Their Impact On The MCU
MCU is a phrase you might have heard tossed about anytime the conversation among friends, family, and coworkers turn to movies. It stands for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is the collection of many of the superhero movies that have flooded theaters over the last decade and more. While DC Comics has contributed an occasional film of their own, Marvel has populated its own universe with franchises like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Antman, and Black Panther. Of course, the pinnacle films have been the three Avengers movies, and fans, at the time of writing, are eagerly anticipating the fourth and supposedly final Avengers film, whose trailer was recently released.
Before the last Avengers film hit theaters, though, there is one more movie to come out, focused on a character known as Captain Marvel. While many of the MCU films have had female characters in them, this will be the first to be lead by a woman character, and it's making many fans take time to stop and look back on the many female Marvel characters that have graced the silver screen, usually based on their comic book origins.
The first name that will come to the minds of many fans is that of Natasha Romanoff, otherwise known as Black Widow, as she has been a member of the Avengers since the first film, and also appeared in a number of other MCU films, notably Captain America movies.
Wanda Maximoff, another female Marvel character, is known as Scarlet Witch, and she showed up onscreen in the second Avengers movie. Jessica Jones is another well-known Marvel female character, who had a Netflix series for a while.
Another female Marvel character extraordinaire and a huge fan favorite is Gamora from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise who once was subservient to Thanos before joining Starlord's bunch. Interestingly, the actress who plays Gamora, Zoe Saldana, has also played notable characters in other science fiction movie franchises, as she appeared as Lt. Uhura in the rebooted Star Trek movies as well as having a leading role in James Cameron's Avatar movies.
(If you want to avoid spoilers, the rest of this article shouldn't be read. Consider yourself forewarned.)
The one female Marvel character that might be getting a lot of attention right now is Carol Danvers, or Captain Marvel since she not only has a film coming up but the only one between the time of writing and Avengers: Endgame. At the end of the third Avengers movie, an ending credit bonus scene showed Samuel L. Jackson's character of Nick Fury sending out a distress beacon for Captain Marvel as half the known population of the world vanished as a result of Thanos' whims.
In the comics, Carol Danvers was someone who long dreamed of exploring space, so it was only appropriate that she'd wind up being the leader of Alpha Flight, and perhaps the most dominant spacefaring superhero around. Her career was pretty accomplished even before she wound up having powers. She worked as a NASA employee, intelligence agent, and Air Force pilot. She personally investigated a number of Skrull and Kree attempts to disrupt the space program of the United States. In a battle related to that, she wound up being exposed to a Kree device known as the Psyche-Magnitron which wound up rewriting her DNA. Her transformation resulted in her being a Kree-human hybrid that left her with powers relatively similar to Kree Mar-Vell, who was the original Captain Marvel. In particular, she wound up with abilities including superhuman strength, flight, and so-called 'binary' powers that are typically dormant but give her the power of a star.
She actually fought alongside the original Captain Marvel for many years, being called Ms. Marvel. She claimed his moniker in tribute to his eventual death. On top of leading Alpha Flight, she also wound up becoming a leading member of the actual Avengers group.
What her full story in the two upcoming movies will be are simply not known, since the MCU on the big screen doesn't follow the comics precisely, sometimes making huge changes. However, she should be proof that a female Marvel character can lead a movie on her own. Even though the Marvel movies are far more plentiful, more commercially successful, and widely regarded as much better films than the DC movies, the rivalry between the two franchises is real, and it's very unlikely that the Marvel moviemakers are going to let DC be the only ones to make female-led comic book movies with Wonder Woman. While most of the superhero movies may be behind us, there are still plenty more to come.