Friday, April 19, 2024

Marvel Will Push Female Super Heroes Played by Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Angelina Jolie in Next Phase, No Date Yet for “Black Panther” Sequel


The fanboys and girls are all in a lather over Marvel’s announcements last night at Comic Con re released plans for 2020 and 2021.

Maybe the biggest news is no news yet for Ryan Coogler’s sequel to “Black Panther.” The earliest we might see the second chapter of the movie that earned $700 million is 2022.

Meantime, what is clear that Marvel’s Phase Four pivots to female super heroes. Scarlett Johansson gets her own Black Widow movie in 2020. Angelina Jolie heads up an all star cast for “The Eternals,” which also features Salma Hayek. And Natalie Portman is becoming Thor right under Liam Hemsworth’s nose in Thor 4.

This is on top of the recent news that in the next James Bond movie, Bond retires and a female agent gets his 007 number.

Sisters are taking over and doing it for themselves!

Marvel has a very interesting strategy, too. To be a female super hero you must have an Oscar win or nomination. Brie Larson already plays Captain Marvel, won the Oscar for “Room.” Scarlett is an Oscar nominee and a Tony winner. Angelina’s Oscar was for “Girl, Interrupted.” Natalie won for “Black Swan.” Salma Hayek was nominated for “Frida.” Even “Black Widow” features Oscar winner Rachel Weisz.

The only female Marvel character who didn’t get a movie spin off was Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow. There will not be a feature called “Pepper Potts Stark, Entrepreneur.”

Marvel female super hero actresses must have the right qualifications.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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