X-Men’s James McAvoy says it’s “nuts” there’s only been one female-led Marvel movie

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Marvel hasn’t historically had the best track record in terms of representation, with only one female-led outing so far with Captain Marvel.

Now X-Men: Dark Phoenix star James McAvoy has weighed in, admitting that it’s “nuts” there haven’t been more female-fronted movies in the MCU.

“It’s nuts to think that even Marvel have only had, how many female-led (films?)… Is it one? Captain Marvel,” he told PA. “And we’re getting Black Widow coming.

Captain Marvel, Brie Larson

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“It’s nuts to think even with that whole stable as well there’s so few. It’s good that things are changing, that representation just needs to carry on.”

Speaking of Dark Phoenix‘s own credentials, McAvoy added: “I don’t know it felt like a feminist script, but it certainly felt like we were in a film that was responding to a time where feminism is having a positive impact.

“I think that [director Simon Kinberg] wanted to and was able to do – and felt that the market was ready for – that kind of dynamic in the cast, which is a brilliant sign. I was pleased to be a part of that, and support Sophie [Turner] and Simon in that.”

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Marvel has previously said that there are more female-led movies in the works, with boss Kevin Feige saying he hopes it becomes the “norm”.

“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 said.

“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.”

Well, better stop talking about it and get on with it, eh?

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is out on Wednesday, June 5 in the UK and Friday, June 7 in the US.


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