Female Marvel characters are starting to take center stage (and screen)! Celebrate Marvel’s leading ladies in style at the movies, at the new Avengers Campus, and in day-to-day acts of heroism.
It’s August 2021; DisneyLand has finally opened Avengers Campus, Halloween costume season is just around the corner and Marvel’s Black Widow film had an amazing run at the box office! We’re thereby declaring August our month of Marvel Madness here at FashionEarsta!
With all of Marvel’s new shows, new characters, new attractions and new merch (all of which seem to be released practically every day) it was difficult for us to narrow down what we’re most excited about in Marvel’s Phase 4. But we realized as we put together a list of our Marvel style inspiration that we were all feeling the most love for the women of Marvel!
All of the FashionEarsta writers are strong women and we love to see how Disney is evolving female characters on screen, particularly in the Marvel Universe. And of course what appears on screen finds its way to the Disney parks and our style choices! So keep reading as we take a look at how we’re inspired by female Marvel characters, how their fashion inspires our picks for Avengers’ Campus outfits, and which Marvel ladies we’re excited to see in upcoming MCU and Disney+ releases!
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There’s nothing quite like seeing powerful female characters shine onscreen. Traditionally, men have dominated the superhero stories and women were reduced to less powerful and secondary roles. Fortunately, that seems to be changing!
For me, Black Widow was the first Marvel character that made me want to dig into the Marvel Universe. From her mysterious debut in Iron Man 2 to her current solo origin story arch in Black Widow, the character has evolved into one of the better developed females in the Marvel universe. Many viewers initially saw Black Widow as a heartless assassin. But as the movies progressed, Natasha Romanoff becomes a character that longs to belong to a team/family. She learns to enjoy the camaraderie of friendship and develops the Avengers into her family.
We could have a whole article just on the development and style of Black Widow! But for me, I love her role in Avengers Endgame. Of all the characters, she is the one that is leading the charge to keep the team and the universe together. Hopefully, this isn’t a spoiler for you, but her decision to sacrifice herself for the team and particularly Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is a pivotal moment, not just in the evolution of the Avengers but also her journey. It’s a woman making the tough choice to sacrifice herself for the greater good. In this case, Black Widow was fighting and choose her family over herself.
One of the things about appreciating powerful woman is appreciating the different types of power we admire. As Black Widow evolves, she becomes a powerful centerpiece to the Avengers team as a leader and loyal friend.
Another powerful portrayal in the Marvel Universe comes from the business world. As a business owner, I have to give props to Pepper Potts in the Iron Man and Avengers movies. As Tony Stark’s trusted assistant and advisor, her character develops and steps into the role of Stark Industries CEO and kicks butt! She is a strong, independent woman who gets things done. I can’t imagine Tony’s success as Iron Man without Pepper by his side. In fact, she’s even the one that begins the relationship with Agent Coulson that leads to Iron Man’s introduction into S.H.I.E.L.D. To me, the love story of Tony Stark and Pepper Potts was the union of two individuals who were the perfect partners and equals.
In life, women take on many roles. These roles are celebrated in the movie, Black Panther. The late Chadwick Boseman was iconic in his portray of T’Challa. One of the things he did in the movie that was brilliant was to let the women shine onscreen.
T’Challa knows the key to success is to surround himself with powerful women. Let’s see how the women in his life propel him to become King of Wakanda.
His mother, Ramonda, is his guide and encouraging voice to take his place as King of Wakanda. When he needs healing physically and emotionally, she is there for him. In addition to insightful guidance, a powerful warrior needs an army for protection! T’Challa is protected by the Dora Milaje which is headed up by the fierce Wakandan traditionalist, Okoye. Her passion and dedication to him is unwavering and he trusts her with his life.
In the right relationship, love grows someone and changes them for the better. T’Challa looks to Nakia for his commitment to service and improving the world. He allows the love he has for her to broaden his world view. Their relationship highlights that powerful women lead to character growth.
Finally and maybe most important is his sister, Shuri. Her genius level of intellect is on par with Tony Stark. She is a scientist that creates previously unimaginable technology to protect Wakanda. Representation matters and a smart woman of color is the perfect role model for today. Shuri utilizes her intelligence, training and sense of commitment to protect her home and family. We can not wait to see where her superior intellect, martial arts training and loyalty to Wakanda take her in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The women of Black Panther are some of the strongest and most committed in the Marvel Universe. And at FashionEarsta, we also admire that their style is on point.
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Disney seems to be hearing the call for stronger female characters moving forward. Keep reading for an updated Marvel movie release schedule that includes more female-led movies. Not just on screen, but also in the directors chair! It’s these types of stories that we can’t wait to share with our daughters, sisters and fellow female friends!
How to channel superhero style at the new Avengers Campus
Disneyland Resort has had a smattering of Marvel-themed meet-and-greets over the past decade, but when Avengers Campus opened in Disney’s California Adventure this summer, we were over the moon to see just how many of the MCU’s female characters play a part in this immersive new area!
Previously, the only female Marvel character with any significant presence at Disneyland was Gamora, who appeared in the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off! show in front of the Mission Breakout ride (in the re-themed Tower of Terror building).
But with the opening of Avengers Campus, there are so many new characters to interact with in this themed area, and the ladies of the MCU are taking center stage!
In the new show “The Warrior of Wakanda: the Disciplines of the Dora Milaje,” Black Panther’s Okoye and her elite warriors demonstrate Wakandan wisdom and show off their fighting skills!
Black Widow can be found around the Avengers’ Humvee for a meet-and-greet, and Disney recently announced that she would be appearing in her white snow suit from the Black Widow film. More excitingly, the Taskmaster from the film will also be making appearances soon (no spoilers, but we’re excited for this character)!
Captain Marvel and the Wasp are also available for socially-distanced meet-and greets both onstage at Avengers Headquarters and around Avengers Campus,
Have we convinced you to go meet your heroes at Avengers Campus yet? Great! Now the real question… what should you wear?
Fortunately, we have you covered ears-to-toes! There are tons of great Marvel-inspired ears out there, like these light-up Loki ears. Check out our review and find links to other Loki options here:
And keep checking back on FashionEarsta.com, because we’ll be reviewing Marvel ears all August! Coming up soon we have Captain America, WandaVision, the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Black Widow-inspired ears!
Are you more of an Athleisure Avenger or a Vintage Vixen? Or maybe you’re not sure yet? Fortunately the Fancy Floridian has a full guide to finding your unique Avengers style, full of ideas and links to cute Marvel-inspired products! Check it out here:
Is Spiderman more your style? The new Web Slingers ride sounds amazing and we can’t wait to see the swinging Spiderman animatronic that flies over Avengers Campus!
DisneyBounders like @magicbyali inspired our very own EarstaDiva to put together a Disney Bounding guide entirely dedicated to Peter Parker (and Miles Morales) style! Check it out for tips, tricks and links:
And don’t forget your Spiderman ears, like this pair from The Boutique on Main St. You can read our review of this shop here:
Overall, we’re probably most excited that Disney has implied that more characters will make appearances as soon as they are introduced either on the big screen or on Disney+. That gives us hope that we’ll see more of our favorite women of Marvel, like Kate Bishop’s Hawkeye, Jane Foster’s Mighty Thor, and more in the next few months.
If you don’t know who the stars of the upcoming films are, make sure to keep reading as we decode Marvel’s Phase 4 release schedule below!
Decoding the Upcoming Marvel Movie (and TV) Release Schedule
Remember the D23 Expo in 2019 when a host of Marvel stars came onstage and announced the next phase of Marvel Movies at Disney+ shows? Yeah, we’re still laughing about how 2020 ruined those plans. But, thanks to the Great Marvel Movie drought we’re now getting a ton of new content!
The bad news: it’s been really, really difficult to keep track of what is getting released when! And even if you find a release schedule (like the one we’re sharing here) if you’re not a comics fan you might look at some of the upcoming titles and go, “wait, who is that?”
So we’re focusing in on what we’re most excited about in the upcoming year-or-so that Marvel has confirmed release dates: the ladies of Marvel who are going to be getting more screen time!
The Schedule of Upcoming Marvel Releases (as of August 2021)
|Movie/Show||Title||US Release Date|
|Disney+||What If…?||August 11, 2021|
|Movie||Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings||September 3, 2021|
|Movie||Eternals||November 5, 2021|
|Disney+||Ms. Marvel||Late 2021|
|Movie||Spider-Man: No Way Home||December 17, 2021|
|Movie||Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness||March 25, 2022|
|Movie||Thor: Love and Thunder||May 6, 2022|
|Movie||Black Panther: Wakanda Forever||July 8, 2022|
|Disney+||The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special||Late 2022|
|Movie||The Marvels||November 11, 2022|
|Movie||Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania||February 17, 2023|
|Movie||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3||May 5, 2023|
So, which female Marvel characters are we most excited to meet in these upcoming films?
Leading Ladies in Upcoming Marvel Movies
Marve’s Eternals (November 5, 2021) is on our must-watch list because it has women in front of and behind the camera! Last year’s Academy Award winner for Best Director (for Nomadland) Chloé Zhao is directing this film about a group of immortal superheroes. After an unexpected tragedy following the events of Avengers: Endgame, the Eternals –an immortal alien race created by the Celestials who have secretly lived on Earth for over 7,000 years – reunite to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.
We don’t know much about this film yet (even though it premieres this November!) but with this many talented actresses and filmmakers we’re sure it will be a memorable movie!
We’ll get to reunite with a few more familiar female characters in 2022, though this time they’re taking on new roles! Natalie Portman’s character Jane Foster will take over as Thor in the film Thor: Love and Thunder. Taika Waititi (who directed the fantastic Thor: Ragnarok, is directing this movie as well, and leaked set photos of Natalie Portman show that she has developed arm muscles to rival Chris Hemsworth’s!
Another fan-favorite character, Shuri from Black Panther, is also being promoted to superhero. Sadly, this change is due to the tragic death of original Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman. But the fantastic Letitia Wright’s character Shuri is going to be stepping into the role of Black Panther instead of recasting Boseman’s T’Challa. We’re grateful that Marvel is going to be respecting Boseman’s legacy while also giving Wright her chance to shine!
Female Marvel Characters on Disney+
The very next release on Marvel’s calendar is the animated Disney+ show What If…? This will feature episodes with different alternate-comics-history scenarios, like “what if T’Challa was picked up by Yondu instead of Peter Quill” and “what if Captain America was a zombie?”
We’re looking forward to the Peggy Carter-centric episode that asks “What if Peggy Carter received the super soldier serum and became Captain Britain?” Anything that brings back Hayley Atwell is fine by us, and maybe this will help ease the pain of Agent Carter’s cancellation (never forget).
As a fan of the Matt Fraction Hawkeye comics, it has been really difficult not to spend this entire article talking about the upcoming Disney+ Hawkeye series. Basically, in that comic Clint Barton is deaf, constantly gets beaten up, and has a crime-fighting pizza-loving dog named Lucky.
Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld in the new series, is also called Hawkeye and also uses a bow and arrow! I’m not sure exactly what they will do with the storyline of Hawkeye, but as long as it features Katie-Kate and Pizza Dog it will be awesome!
Ms. Marvel is another Disney+ series with a “late 2021” release date, but as production has wrapped on the show we’re optimistic that we’ll see Kamala Khan on the silver screen this year! If you’re not familiar with Ms. Marvel, you will be soon! Kamala Khan, who will be played by Iman Vellani, is the first Muslim-American Marvel hero and she’s a spunky New Jersey teenager!
[Ms. Marvel is] the Pakistani-American teenager from New Jersey who has polymorphic powers that allow her to shrink or grow parts of her body. Ms. Marvel is inspired by Carol Danvers, AKA Captain Marvel, and uses her powers to protect her Jersey City hometown before eventually becoming an Avenger herself.
And finally, She-Hulk is slated to debut in 2022! Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany will star in as She-Hulk, also known as Jennifer Walters. Jennifer is a lawyer and the cousin of Bruce Banner (who will be played again by Mark Ruffalo in this series). In the comics, she is almost killed and Banner gives her a transfusion of his own blood. This saves her life but also makes her transform into She-Hulk!
We don’t know the plot or much detail about this series either, but production is underway. We’re also happy that this series has a female head writer, Jessica Gao (of Rick and Morty).
So that’s summer roundup of female Marvel characters, advice on how to dress at the recently opened Avengers Campus and our decoding of the current Marvel move release date! Let us know what you think here, on Instagram and Facebook (@fashionearsta) and our brand new YouTube channel! Be sure to follow us so that you’re always in the loop and can follow along with our adventures!
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