In a recent interview with Comic Book Resources Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, talked among other things the possibility of a female led super hero movie in the near future.
How close are we to a Marvel film with a female lead? Because I'm feeling a groundswell of demand in that direction.
I think you're right about that, and I think it comes down to timing, which is what I've sort of always said, and it comes down to us being able to tell the right story. I very much believe in doing it. I very much believe that it's unfair to say, "People don't want to see movies with female heroes," then list five movies that were not very good, therefore, people didn't go to the movies because they weren't good movies, versus [because] they were female leads. And they don't mention "Hunger Games," "Frozen," "Divergent." You can go back to "Kill Bill" or "Aliens." These are all female-led movies. It can certainly be done. I hope we do it sooner rather than later. But we find ourselves in the very strange position of managing more franchises than most people have — which is a very, very good thing and we don't take for granted, but is a challenging thing. You may notice from those release dates, we have three for 2017. And that's because just the timing worked on what was sort of gearing up. But it does mean you have to put one franchise on hold for three or four years in order to introduce a new one? I don't know. Those are the kinds of chess matches we're playing right now.
To me it sounds like "probably not but I don't want to say it outright" but maybe I am cynical. Feige hopes they can do it sooner or later, as if he were not someone with a lot of power to make it happen. But he at least acknowledges female led movies can do well, despite myths to the contrary.
People like to joke about how Marvel can make movie about a talking raccoon before DC can make a Wonder Woman movie, but they have their own issues with representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the MCU has many great supporting women characters the focus on male led films can be a bit jarring for some especially with such a large female fanbase for the films. That Zoe Saldana is the first woman of color to get more then a background role out of 10 films so far (and none announced yet for further films) is even more egregious.
Superhero movies are great fun escapism but making white cis het guys as the default experience is very forced and limiting and I find it as a fan frustrating. Marvel comics has so many potential choices out there and if Guardians showed us anything, they can take the risky options and turn it into gold. Marvel still has a lot of announcements to make regarding Phase 3 so we can hope they will shake things up a bit over the next four years and we will not have to wait for their full 14 year plan to be laid out for them to get around to it.