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How Many Marvel Movies Have a Female Lead?

In recent years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has gained immense popularity for its superhero movies. While the franchise has featured various male superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, there has been a significant push for female representation in the MCU. Let’s take a look at how many Marvel movies have a female lead.

Marvel Movies with Female Leads

So far, there have been only two Marvel movies with female leads – Captain Marvel and Black Widow. Both these movies showcase strong and independent women in lead roles.

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel is the first-ever female-led superhero movie in the MCU. The movie stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, a former U.S Air Force pilot who becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. The movie was released in 2019 and received positive reviews from audiences and critics alike.

Black Widow

Black Widow is the second female-led movie in the MCU. It stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, a trained spy and assassin who confronts her past while dealing with dangerous conspiracy forces. The movie was released in 2021 after multiple delays due to COVID-19 and received mixed reviews from audiences and critics.

Upcoming Female-Led Marvel Movies

The future of female representation in the MCU looks promising with several upcoming movies featuring strong female leads.

  • The Eternals – The movie features an ensemble cast that includes Angelina Jolie as Thena and Salma Hayek as Ajak.
  • Captain Marvel 2 – A sequel to Captain Marvel with Brie Larson returning as Carol Danvers.
  • She-Hulk – A Disney+ series that features Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk.
  • Ms. Marvel – A Disney+ series that features Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel.
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – While the movie does not have a female lead, it is important to note that Letitia Wright’s Shuri character is rumored to have a more prominent role in the sequel.


While there have only been two Marvel movies with female leads so far, it is encouraging to see more representation of strong and independent women in upcoming movies and TV shows within the MCU. It is essential to continue pushing for diversity and inclusion in all forms of media, including superhero movies.