Hollywood studios have taken a surprisingly long time to discover what should have been obvious -- there's a huge, untapped demand for female-driven superhero movies. With "Wonder Woman" and now "Captain Marvel" finally ending the drought, here are 10 other heroines who deserve a solo movie next.
How has a Black Widow movie not come to pass yet? Scarlett Johansson's deadly SHIELD agent was among the first heroes to appear in the MCU, yet she's only ever been an ensemble player. I's past time Marvel give Johansson a movie all her own, one that can showcase the darker side of Widow's life and her shadowy past in the Soviet Union's Red Room program.
As much as the X-Men movies have done to popularize the superhero genre, they've made some pretty fundamental mistakes over the years. Chef among them is the fact that few characters beyond Wolverine and Magneto have been given the attention they deserve. With the franchise shifting to Marvel Studios, we hope to see Storm finally get her due on the big screen. This is a powerful heroine torn between worlds and raised to believe she was a goddess. There has to be a great movie in there somewhere.
There's yet another Batman reboot on the way, but we have to wonder ... why? We've see some great Batman movies over the years. What we haven't gotten is a great Batgirl movie. Shifting focus from Bruce Wayne to newbie, brainy heroine Barbara Gordon could be the breath of fresh air the Bat-line needs on the big screen. Joss Whedon was slated to direct a Batgirl movie at one point, but that project appears to have fallen by the wayside. Here's hoping it gets revived, and soon.
There's plenty of speculation that Tony Stark won't be making it out of "Avengers: Endgame" alive. What will the MCU do without Iron Man? How about establish Ironheart in his place? This newer addition to the Marvel Universe is a teen genius who overcame a hard life in Chicago and reverse-engineered Tony Stark's armor in her garage. We'd love a movie that places her front and center and puts the voice of Robert Downey, Jr. in the JARVIS/FRIDAY role.
Like Storm, Kitty Pryde is a terrific X-Men mainstay who's never been allowed to live up to her potential on the big screen. That needs to change. Kitty's character arc is as rich as they come, with the character evolving from junior X-Man to samurai-in-training to full-fledged leader of the X-Men. Fox had been developing a Kitty Pryde movie before the Disney takeover with 'Deadpool' director Tim Miller and comics legend Brian Michael Bendis, so let's hope that projects survives the transition.
Technically, Catwoman already got her own solo movie back in 2004, but that was Catwoman in name only. This character deserves a chance in the spotlight away from the shadow of Batman. We'd love a movie that showcases her talent for thievery, her underlying goodness and her ties to the Falcone crime family. Please!
Teen heroine Kamala Khan is one of the best additions to Marvel's comic book universe in a long time. Like Peter Parker, she struggles to balance her superhero antics with school and family responsibilities. She's also a hardcore Captain Marvel fangirl. And given that "Captain Marvel" is set in the '90s, Marvel could easily introduce Kamala in the present day as someone inspired by her lifelong role model.
It took Marvel a while to crack the code with Hulk's cinematic adventures, finally realizing that the characetr needs an ample dose of humor to offset the smashing. Well, it just so happens that Hulk has an even more comedically inclined cousin. Maybe it's time to give Puny Banner a rest and let superhuman lawyer Jennifer Walters enjoy the spotlight. The combination of superhero spectacle and courtroom drama could result in a very fun and unique MCU movie.
One of the many joys of watching "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is seeing Spider-Gwen come to life on the big screen. But that movie only lightly touched on the background of this unique, alternate universe version of Spider-Man. We'd love an entire movie geared toward Gwen -- one that showcases the many ways she and her world differ from the usual formula.
DC tried a Green Lantern movie once already, and it didn't go so well. It's only a matter of time until they try again, but perhaps the best course of action is to focus on a hero other than Hal Jordan. There are numerous options, but we'd love to see Jessica Cruz get her chance. Jessica is unique among Green Lanterns in that she suffers from agoraphobia. Her ability to triumph over her own fear makes her one of DC's most compelling and inspirational heroines.