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Katee Sackhoff at the '24' Season 8 Premiere on January 14, 2010Jemal Countess/Getty Images


Katee Sackhoff rocked our "Battlestar Galactica" worlds as Starbuck and holds her own in "Riddick." She's a fan favorite and a fan herself of all things superhero-y and genre. Is it possible she's going to be our first major female superhero?

During an interview for the "Schmoes Know" podcast last week, Sackhoff hinted that Marvel has asked about her availability "for the first quarter of next year."

Although she didn't expand on that tease, producer Louis D'Esposito made it clear over at Comingsoon.net that making a female superhero movie is a priority at Marvel, but it won't be easy -- and not necessarily for the reasons you'd think.

"It's hard ... because we have a small group at Marvel. We do two films a year. To get those two films done and to do them right takes a lot of work and manpower. And female-power, obviously. To add a third film and to just put it in the slate right now is difficult. We have these next three, four, five films coming out and that's what we're really concentrating on," D'Esposito said. He mentioned some key Marvel characters that could stand to have their own movies, from Black Widow to Captain Marvel, but at this point it's no more than wishful thinking.

Marvel's Kevin Feige echoed that desire to launch a female-powered franchise while at Entertainment Weekly's CapeTown Film Fest earlier this year. "We have a number of candidates from the comics and from the movies we've already made," he said. "It's just a matter of finding the right storyline, the right filmmaker, the right time."

As it currently stands, the Marvel lineup is already pretty solid until 2015, with "Thor: The Dark World" hitting theaters on November 8, followed by the "Captain America" sequel on April 4, 2014, then "Guardians of the Galaxy" on August 1, 2014. "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Ant-Man" are scheduled for 2015.

On top of that, Sackhoff's "Riddick" co-star Vin Diesel has been teasing us about a Marvel movie he has coming out in 2016, as well as something enigmatic about "the merging of brands in a way." So, who knows? Perhaps he'll be going toe-to-toe with Sackhoff in the near(ish) future.

[via "Schmoes Know" h/t Yahoo! Movies]
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