How close are we to a Marvel film with a female lead? Because I'm feeling a groundswell of demand in that direction.
Ooh! Great question, Scott! I'm sure Feige will answer honestly...
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.
Sweet let's do it! Oh, he's not done...
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.
Right. It certainly could be done. Sooooo...
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.
But Marvel is up to that challenge... right?
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.
Oh, I get it now. So the answer is actually "no." Seems like a long-winded way to get there. Luckily, we can always count on CBR to call out the corporate double-speak and ask a follow-up question, forcing Feige to... oh, they didn't do that, huh?
Head to CBR to see Feige bullshit on a number of topics, including driving Edgar Wright off Ant-Man:
Well, I've not been shy about saying the project is as good a shape as it's ever been. I would expect anybody in my position to say that, but I really believe it and always believed that the proof will be in the pudding, so to speak -- that on July 17 of next year, everybody can judge for themselves.
I see another Eisner in someone's future.