Female superheroes are set to have a big year in 2020


Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman may have taken the world by storm in previous years, but 2020 might be the biggest year yet for female-led superhero stories.

In 2017, DC’s Wonder Woman excited female superhero fans who’d been waiting for a story centered on them, and Captain Marvel only served to increase that enthusiasm in 2019. But this year, we’ll finally see multiple female-led superhero projects release within months of each other — and, if we’re being honest, it’s a big deal for those looking to make the once male-dominated genre a more inclusive space.

Just last week, it was announced that Disney Plus would be bringing Marvel fans WandaVision in 2020 instead of 2021, adding one more highly anticipated female superhero to this year’s already-impressive lineup. Given how much Wanda Maximoff has grown since making her Marvel debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it’ll be nice to finally shine the spotlight on her. (She is the strongest Avenger, after all.)

In addition to WandaVision, two of the biggest superhero films coming our way have women at the helm: Marvel’s Black Widow and DC’s Wonder Woman: 1984, both of which dive more deeply into characters we’ve already come to love. While the Wonder Woman sequel continues Diana’s story, Black Widow finally gives us Natasha Romanoff’s backstory and perspective — and after a decade of seeing her in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s about time.

And it’s not just female superheroes who are getting more love this year. DC’s Birds of Prey will also deliver audiences a cast of female anti-heroes, something that will appeal to anyone who’s a fan of morally grey characters. Birds of Prey will also come as a relief to anyone who wasn’t thrilled with Harley Quinn’s portrayal in 2016’s Suicide Squad. With the focus solely on her this time, she’s sure to shine brighter than she ever could standing next to the Joker. It’ll be a glow up all around.

As all these female-led projects hit the screen, fans of Marvel and DC will also be getting updates about future films and series. Not only are Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk in the works for Disney Plus, but the future of the Arrowverse seems to be female — and that will especially be true if the Green Arrow and the Canaries backdoor pilot turns out to be successful. (Please let it be a success.)

All in all, 2020 seems like a turning point for female heroes. Until now, we’ve had a couple of major hits focused on women, but it appears that Marvel and DC are going all in — and we certainly aren’t complaining about it.

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