Great news, true believers! Marvel Studios, the movie company that can do no wrong, has taken another baby step on the road to making a female superhero movie! According to a report on Badass Digest, Carol Danvers, one of Marvel's most well-known female superheroes known as Ms. Marvel or Captain Marvel, is set to appear in one of the movie's closing scenes, establishing her for a possible solo movie in Marvel's cinematic Phase 3:
At the end of Age of Ultron Cap will assemble a team that is a mix of familiar and new faces, leading forward into Phase Three. It's an exciting mission statement for Marvel Studios, letting audiences know that the Avengers team is more than just the guys who were in the first film. The make-up of that team is, technically, up in the air until that scene is shot (I suspect it's being saved for either scheduled reshoots or will be snuck into the schedule of Captain America 3, which goes before cameras early next year), but Joss Whedon's script did indicate who would be on that team. I won't reveal all the names - and some have changed in between drafts, by the way - but one character who has always been in this new team is Captain Marvel.
Well, maybe we're being a bit hasty. You see, according to Devin Faraci, that was the plan, but it might not be any longer:
But now I'm hearing that Marvel has cold feet about including her in the film. Not because they're against the character - my sources assure me she is coming and it's very plausible she could be on the team in Avengers 3 - but because they're not certain they want to introduce her in this way. They basically aren't certain they want to just drop her into the MCU fully formed in a team movie.
In other words, "the timing isn't right" - the favorite excuse of superhero movie makers for why they would love to make a female superhero flick, but gosh darn it, the timing just isn't right for it. You see, when it comes to making a male superhero movie, timing is less important. Take Ant-Man, for instance. A film about a wife-beating nerd who can shrink himself and talk to bugs is box office gold that sells itself. It doesn't even matter who directs it. Marvel can just pump out whatever crap they feel like for Ant-Man, stick it in theaters, and rake in the cash.
But for a female superhero movie, you have to get the "timing" right, for reasons we can only assume are related to how delicate and fragile female superheroes are. And the timing isn't "right" right now. When will the timing be right? The timing isn't right to tell you. But hang in there, female superhero fans! Don't get your proverbial panties in a bunch. We're sure that one day the stars will align and one of the white men in charge of making all these superhero flicks will make one with a lead who isn't a white man. One day. When the timing is right.