Marvel Wants Female Centric Superhero Film, Eyeing Katee Sackhoff
by Ethan Anderton
September 6, 2013
Despite the presence of strong female characters like Pepper Potts, Peggy Carter and Natasha Romanoff Marvel has yet to give a female superhero the spotlight for her own. However, that doesn't mean the studio doesn't have their eye on one in the future. Marvel producer Louis D'Esposito (who also directed the Marvel One Shots Item 47 and Agent Carter) recently spoke with ComingSoon and said, "There’s obviously a drumbeat that is banging louder and louder that we want a female lead superhero." Commenting on the aforementioned female characters he said, "Maybe there’s an offshoot film with one of them." More below!
However, D'Esposito also offers up this exciting thought, "Or Captain Marvel, you know?" That makes the most sense, especially since THR offered up word that Marvel was already working on a Captain Marvel (or Ms. Marvel) script. However, the problem seems to be that Marvel is trying to balance spawning new franchises and keeping their current line-up alive. D'Esposito explains:
"It's hard because we have a small group at Marvel. We do two films a year. To get those two films done and to do them right takes a lot of work and manpower. And female-power, obviously. To add a third film and to just put it in the slate right now is difficult. We have these next three, four, five films coming out and that's what we're really concentrating on."
However, it sounds like Marvel might be eyeing "Battestar Galactica" star Katee Sackhoff for something down the road. On the Schmoes Know podcast (via Bleeding Cool), Sackhoff was talking about the concept of a Captain Marvel movie, and when the actress was asked if she had heard anything from Marvel or Disney about collaborating on a project, she tapdanced a bit saying:
"Um… There’s been some stuff going on. Um… there’s been a lot of checking of availability… I don’t quite know exactly… I don’t know… there’s been a lot of questions about the first quarter of next year…"
For those paying attention, that would be around the time that The Avengers: Age of Ultron would start shooting. Could there be plans to introduce Captain Marvel in the superhero ensemble sequel? Or is there a chance that Sackhoff might have a different role altogether in the film? This is all speculation at this point, but there are likely a lot of fanboys out there who would love to see Sackhoff enter the Marvel universe. Funnily enough, that would mark three cast members from Riddick to join the Marvel universe since Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista are both in Guardians of the Galaxy. Hopefully we hear more solid information about a prominent female superhero flick sometime sooner than later.