For decades Hollywood’s superheroes were – with the odd exception – male.
Christopher Reeve was Superman and Adam West was Batman. There was the occasional female superhero, such as Wonder Woman, but they were the exception.
However, over the weekend Marvel signalled a changing of the guard when it announced its latest batch of superhero films at the Comic-Con convention in San Diego.
Several plum parts have been landed by actresses, reflecting a shift in the balance of power in Hollywood in the #meetoo and Time’s Up era.
How much many of the contracts will be worth to the women has yet to be announced, but the studios are under mounting pressure to pay them the same as their male counterparts.
Marvel, in particular, has been seen by many as a male bastion for decades. Its first Hollywood film was Captain America in 1944 and since then its offerings have included Iron man, The Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man.
The most graphic example of the cultural shift is the latest Thor film – Thor: Love and Thunder.
Natalie Portman will once again play the part of astrophysicist Dr Jane Porter.
This time around, however, she will also be wielding the hammer because Thor Odison, the traditional hero portrayed by Chris Hemsworth, is deemed unworthy of doing so.