Marvel Studios keen to bring female superhero to big screen

Marvel Studios keen to bring female superhero to big screen - 7th September 2013
(Yahoo! Movies)

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Marvel want to bring a female superhero to the big screen according to studio producer Louis D'Esposito.

D'Esposito spoke to while on the promotional tour for Marvel short film 'Agent Carter', which follows the cotinued exploits of Hayley Atwell's character from 'Captain America: The First Avengers'.

"There's obviously a drumbeat that is banging louder and louder that we want a female lead superhero," he said.

It shouldn't really be news at all that a studio wants to make a film with a female lead, and hopefully in years to come it won't be, but right now there are remarkably few.

"[We] have strong female characters in our films," he continued, "From Black Widow to Pepper Potts to Peggy Carter and you never know. Maybe there's an offshoot film with one of them. Or Captain Marvel, you know?"

While Marvel's films thus far have been littered with great female characters, there are few superpowered ones in their pantheon of heroes.

It's an area where DC Comics has more to offer with major characters like Wonder Woman and Catwoman.

Marvel's top female characters don't have that same level of star-power, but thanks to Joss Whedon's great work with Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow she could potential star in her own film one day.

Marvel superheroines that have yet to make the move to the big screen include Captain Marvel as mentioned (who has been male and female), The Wasp (who will likely appear in the upcoming 'Ant-Man' film), She-Hulk, Photon and Scarlet Witch (who will be in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron').

The reason for scepticism on the part of directors is the failings of films like 'Elektra' and 'Catwoman', but there's also an understanding of the depressing fact that generally female-led big budget films don't do amazingly well.

If a studio was to change that however it would be Marvel, with their love of risk-taking and current streak of getting everything bang on.