Kevin Feige focusing on female-led Marvel movies

Evangeline Lilly, Brie Larson and Scarlett Johansson are among the actresses leading the way at Marvel.

Kevin Feige is confident Marvel will pave the way for more female-led comic book films.

Earlier this year (18), Evangeline Lilly shared top billing with Paul Rudd on their joint movie Ant-Man and the Wasp, the follow-up to 2015's Ant-Man.

And Brie Larson's hotly-anticipated Captain Marvel hits cinemas in March (19), and Marvel Studios President Kevin is hopeful it's just the start for women leading films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"With (Ant-Man and The Wasp) and now with Captain Marvel and many movies to be announced in the near future, I'm anxious for the time where it's not a novelty that there is a female-led superhero movie, but it is a norm," he commented to Entertainment Weekly. "And it is less a story of, 'Oh, look, a female hero,' and it's more a story of, 'Oh, what's this about? Who's this character? I'm excited to see that.' And I think we can get there."

There's also a planned solo spin-off focused on Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow character, which Cate Shortland will be directing.

Asked why the female-driven movies have taken so long, Kevin says it's hard to pinpoint just one reason.

"I think there are a lot of reasons, the least of which was fighting for many years the erroneous notion that audiences did not want to see a female-led hero (film) because of a slew of films 15 years ago that didn't work," he sighed. "And my belief was always that they didn't work not because they were female-led stories - they didn't work because they were not particularly good movies."

Away from Marvel, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, was a massive success for the DC Universe, with the second instalment currently in production.

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