The Women Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe Come Together In One Glorious Photo

What happens when eight actresses who play heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe appear in a single photo? You're about to find out.

This photo from Black Panther isn't the photo in question. Image: Disney

Today, Vanity Fair released a bunch of new photos of the stars from the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, some of which were taken at a massive 83-person photo shoot comprised of nearly everyone responsible for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, one person in attendance, writer and producer Craig Kyle, probably took the picture to end all pictures.

Of course that's Gamora (Zoe Saldana of Guardians of the Galaxy), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson of Thor: Ragnarok), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson of Captain Marvel), Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson of The Avengers), Okoye (Danai Gurira of Black Panther), Nebula (Karen Gillan of Guardians of the Galaxy), the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly of Ant-Man) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2).

And as awesome as that is, it doesn't include Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen of Age of Ultron); Nakia, Ramonda and Shuri (Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright of Black Panther); Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders of The Avengers); Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow of Iron Man); Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp of The Winter Soldier); Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell of The First Avenger); Betty Ross (Liv Tyler of Incredible Hulk); Jane Foster (Natalie Portman of Thor); and several others. (Some of those people were at the photo shoot and probably just not around for this particular shot; others have left the MCU for various reasons.)

This photo is especially telling when you remember that earlier this year, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said he was approached by most of the women from the Marvel Cinematic Universe who asked him when they'd get their own team-up movie. Several people wondered when and where that conversation could have happened - now it seems pretty likely that this is where Feige was approached (though it could have been at the Thor: Ragnarok premiere too). And, either way, you have to admit that's a very intimidating line up.

When or if these characters will ever get a movie just about them is still unknown. But most of them will be on screen together come April 25, when Avengers: Infinity War hits theatres.

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    It's taken the entire Thanos arc to get a female led movie and we dont get that til phase 4 kicks off. Weak as piss Marvel. I love your movies but that's weak as piss. DC should not have been able to beat you to the punch with that...

      While they had 10 years to get it right, I'm not sure it would have been that easy. Where do you slot it in?

      As soon as they went with the largely classic Iron Man, Thor, Capt 'Murica, Hulk lineup, you set a path that made it tough to put someone like Captain Marvel into play.

      With 2 movies a year, you're cashing in on the primary characters with 1 movie, and adding to the 'verse with the second. And really cant do that until after phase 1 has ended.

      Just saying that with the care put into making this work, its hard to see how they could put a female led movie in from whats really a very short list of options.

      Meanwhile, because Wonder Woman is a major player in the core group of DCEU, they instantly have a ready made option to go with it, with no need to build up to it. She's the equivalent of Thor, and because of that is justified in getting a phase 1 story.

        Where do you slot it in?

        Are you serious? They could have literally slotted in a movie with a lead female *anywhere*. Antman? Dr Strange? It's a copout to suggest otherwise. Oh they've had two movies a year. Marvel has, at some points, released 3 movies in a year as well. With no impact to their slate. Releasing a woman led movie, would have had zero impact, all they had to do was try. They didn't. It's great we're getting a Captain Marvel movie, it sucks it took Marvel 10 years to get their shit together. Making excuses for it, weak ones at that, does nothing to help.

        With the logic you're using, they never could've gotten an Antman movie up and going... a Black Panther movie up and going...

        But they did?

        I guess it only worked because they're male then? So does that suggest Marvel movies only worked because they're male? It's literally there in your words.

        Scarlet Witch could've been expanded after Age of Ultron, Black Widow has been around since Iron Man 2, Captain Marvel could've happened a long, long time ago at this point, but up until now, it's been a sausagefest with the female superheroes relegated to being supporting characters. It's not a short list of options at all with female superheroes, it's actually quite extensive, it's just a case of actually giving some of them a chance. After all, Guardians of the Galaxy were a C grade property until Marvel threw them at James Gunn and said 'Do something with this'. Look what happened there.

          Yeah, it was a serious question. Where does it slot in?

          They did two movies a year until this year (2017 was the first year with 3 releases), less in the early years There was nothing in 2009, and only Avengers in 2012. They haven't rushed this in any way.

          With hindsight, it seems easy, but these are decisions made in 2010 or so. I've retyped this a bunch of times, but it boils down simply to how few female leads they really have.

          Storm, She Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Capt Mavel (and Ms Marvel), Black Widow, and Medusa. Everyone else is too obscure.

          Inhumans was meant to be A Thing, and I expect that was the female led movie with Medusa, but that changed as we know.

          As much as I want a Black Widow movie, it needed all the events up to Civil War to make her back story work. Its a story that fleshes out both Nick Fury and Hawkeye as well, so not just a case of tossing it into the mix in 2012.

          Capt Marvel, I think they should have introduced in Civil War, and maybe a standalone for her right after would have worked. That's about the only time I think everything lines up.

          So with the benefit of hindsight, that's the only window I think they really missed. But to judge them on that versus DC who have a ready made phase 1 female is a copout as well.

          Other lead characters that they'd consider are just problematic. She Hulk is hard to justify before the Hulk arc is done (and I can see her working after that), Storm is just not an option, and Scarlet Witch is being built up to her full powers over the series.

          So yeah, who do you do and where? I just don't think its as easy as putting Capt Marvel in instead of Doc Strange, or Black Widow after Avengers.

            You're presenting a gigantic logical fallacy though, you're looking at the current storyline as is and saying "It must follow this path, so there can be no other way". The current storyline evolved as it did due to the characters they chose. Had they chose other characters, the storyline would've evolved in a different manner. You can bet had they injected different characters at different points, (It's not up to me to suggest who and when, again, a logical fallacy), the storyline would've been different, accommodating this change. The storyline is as it is due to the fact it's been a major sausagefest. Black Widow has been the only woman with a significant role, with Scarlet Witch only becoming prominent since Avengers 2 and a tiny bit in Civil War. Ruffalo version of big green.

            I hope going on Marvel gets its shit together more in terms of diversity of cultures (ok we have a black character, can we get other cultures too? How about an equal representation of Middle Eastern, Asian, White, Black... everyone to some degree. The worlds more than black and white, and Marvel has one of the widest ranged spectrums out there of character diversity). But as it stands, Phase 1 2 and 3 have unfortunately, and this is fact undeniable, been a sausage-fest that Marvels simply been afraid to get away from, a boys club. Which is a true pity, because characters like Black Widow have been goddamn fascinating and deserving of their own movies while ones like Thor have stunk up the screen twice, only making good their third time out.

              Fair points, but I'm looking at this from the decisions made a decade ago. The makeup of the Avengers themselves pretty much writes itself, and that's where all this stems from.

              And the four core characters were always the logical choices, as was building them and cashing in on them early on. They were what made the whole MCU work. And where the issue with female leads starts.

              Black Widow is fleshed out enough now to the point an origin story works. But not right after Iron Man 2. Likewise, Carol Danvers needs either the Avengers events or Guardians to give a backstory to work off, and that means your into Phase 3.

              With the exception of Medusa and the Inhumans story, I just cant see any other character being remotely viable, except a couple that weren't available, like Storm and Jean Grey.

              There ARE ways it could have worked, but again, that's on the back of having seen it all work better than expected. Not something possible when the decisions were made.

              Am I working on the basis of it following the storyline we got? Sure, but why wouldn't I? It worked, far better than anyone could have imagined. But to work on the basis that they should have done it differently is just as big a fallacy. They had something clearly working, so why would they mess with it?

              This has been a topic of the last 12 months, not the last decade. Just on Thor though. They stank compared to other Marvel movies, not movies in general. Even Incredible Hulk wasn't the disaster to the studio that people think.

              Good discussion by the way. We both clearly are passionate about this, and it hasn't stooped to name calling or other silly things.

              I just think the way the MCU has played out would have been incredibly hard to change halfway through. And that there were less opportunities to do so than you'd think, because the plans were laid out so carefully a decade ago.

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