19 most anticipated films by women in 2019

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Captain Marvel (March 8)

The Plot: When the Earth is caught up in an intergalactic war, it’s up to Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), a woman with no past, to become Captain Marvel and save humanity.

Can you believe it’s taken this long for Marvel to give a female superhero a standalone movie? (And before you say Ant-Man and the Wasp is technically the first, we all know that movie is an Ant-Man film, so save it.) Captain Marvel is set to inspire little girls everywhere, and I couldn’t be more excited. The first trailer may have been filled with typical Marvel gimmicks, but it drew many a tear, particularly during the beautiful “Her” to “Hero” moment. The next trailer went harder in on the story, but it’s doubtful this movie needs to sell itself as anything more than the next Marvel film, especially as it’s another link in the chain to the next Avengers movie.

The film is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, best known as the writers of the amazing 2006 film Half Nelson. Since then they’ve worked on several more independent projects, from the baseball drama Sugar to the Ryan Reynolds-starring Mississippi Grind. They’d been predominantly working in television before getting the gig, and while it looks like a tall order, Boden and Fleck, who also wrote the film, are more than capable.

It’s also going to be amazing to see Larson take on the role of Carol Danvers. The Oscar-nominated actress has proven her mettle in comic-based work before. Watching her beat alien butt alongside the likes of Gemma Chan and Annette Bening is going to look awesome. I don’t need a continuation of the Avengers franchise, just give me this now!