Marvel’s First Female Superhero Movie Features Another Woman Breaking Barriers In Film

"An incredible honor."

The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is looking a whole lot more diverse than in its past. In March 2019 we will get the first female superhero to helm her very own movie with Captain Marvel and it's breaking glass ceilings with a recent behind-the-scenes hire: it has tapped Pinar Toprak, a Turkish-American female composer, to score the Brie Larson-led film.


"I'm so thrilled to finally announce that I will be scoring the upcoming CAPTAIN MARVEL!" Toprak wrote on Instagram, revealing the big news. "It's an incredible honor to be a part of the Marvel Universe. So many thoughts racing through my head. And the main one is gratitude."

Toprak went on to thank the people who have helped her get to where she is today, such as her "incredible" agents, Laura Engel and Richard Kraft, for "believing in me from day one." Then there were those who she was given this "opportunity of a lifetime" by, including Dave Jordan (Marvel's music supervisor) as well as Captain Marvel co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

For those of you who don't know her work, Toprak has an extensive composing career reaching back to 2003, with projects such as: the TV series Krypton, the DC film Justice League (composing additional music for it), and video game hit Fortnite. With Captain Marvel, she really makes it to the big leagues and becomes the first female composer to score a major superhero movie.

According to the recent Celluloid Ceiling study of the behind-the-scenes employment of women on the top 250 films of 2017, women comprised just 3 percent of all composers. That number has been stagnant over the past few years with the percentage at 2 percent in 2013, 1 percent in 2014, 2 percent in 2015, and 3 percent in 2016.

Toprak's hiring is a positive one, but there's still a lot of work to be done.

(H/T: Variety)

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