Thor didn’t have to play a proverbial bridesmaid in other superhero films nor did Chris Hemsworth have to prove his box office might elsewhere before a Chris Hemsworth-starring Thor got the greenlight. The Guardians of the Galaxy didn’t have to pal around with Tony Stark in Iron Man 3 so that audiences could get used to them before they got their own movie, nor did Chris Pratt have to prove box office strength elsewhere before being handed a star-making role in a star-making franchise. Jason Momoa didn’t have to prove his box office pull (Conan the Barbarian from 2011) earned $48 million worldwide on a $90m budget) before getting a shot at apparently playing Aquaman in the Warner Bros. (Time Warner Inc.) DC Cinematic Universe, and Andrew Garfield did not get cast as Peter Parker in Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man because of all of those Lions for Lambs riches. Hollywood is filled with male-centric franchises based on characters both popular and niche played by little-known actors as a matter of course.
If the first major Marvel superhero movie with a female lead is Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, or if (related digression) Fox’s first female X-Men spin-off is a Jennifer Lawrence-led Mystique, then it will merely prove that female-centric superhero films have to jump through the kinds of hoops (uber-established character and super popular movie star in the lead) that male-centric ones do not.
On the very same day that this op-ed runs, this tweet appeared:
MCU update: sources tell me Marvel is getting cold feet about Captain Marvel in AGE OF ULTRON. They’re not sure they want to intro her cold.
— Devin Faraci (@devincf) August 28, 2014
Yes, apparently Marvel has cold feet about introducing the character “cold” as a cameo. You know, like they did for Hawkeye in Thor. Seriously, this sort of comedy writes itself now.