Marvel Studios is making a conscious effort for more diversity and inclusion in their various projects, including putting more female cast and crew members at the helm of various MCU projects.
Two years ago, the studio released their first solo female-led movie, Brie Larson's Captain Marvel, on the weekend of International Women's Day. This year, the first week of International Women's Month saw the finale of WandaVision, a show that featured many women in key roles.
Now, Marvel is ending the month with a celebration of all of its female characters.
A CELEBRATORY COMPILATION
Disney released a new video today in celebration of Women's History Month, which is coming to an end this week.
The compilation features some of the most exciting and iconic moments from the women in the MCU, from Phase 1 to the current Phase 4.
AN MCU EVOLUTION
Marvel Studios used to be very hesitant to include female characters in prominent roles beyond being a male character's love interest. For a long time, the sole exception to this was Black Widow (and she even briefly had a romance with Bruce Banner later on). But even then, Natasha Romanoff was treated differently in some respects, like not having toys made of her due to worries they wouldn't sell very well.
Fortunately, this attitude has changed at Marvel Studios, both in front of and behind the camera. Not only are projects like She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, and the long-awaited Black Widow coming up, many female writers and directors are involved in top positions on these ventures and more.
It's worth nothing that all episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier were directed by Kari Skogland, and the show - which debuted during International Women's Month - is the first Marvel project directed solely by a woman to be released, though it certainly won't be the last.
Here's to Marvel having even more to celebrate during next year's International Women's month and beyond!