How many woman lead characters have we had in how many superhero movies now? What’s the statistic on female representation there? I think if you counted every superhero ever made you’d have quite a lot of them now, with a handful being female-led. There is no equality in this, and on general principle it’s fine to welcome another step into the right direction. I don’t think there is much of a leg to stand on in refuting that.
The point about Disney is valid, of course - as a company, their movies have perpetuated the worst kinds of female stereotypes for decades.
On the other hand, Disney is a huge company, and Marvel is a company within that company, and within that company of Marvel, there are creative people working and giving their best to make a single project special. Or put differently, I agree that it’s necessary to call Disney out for their history, but that doesn’t contradict praising them when they do something right for once, or lauding the creators of the movie and the movie itself (provided you like the movie).
It depends on what you call “special”. If you mean acknowledging that we live in a society that is still structurally patriarchal in many ways and that women are often in positions in which they have to fight for acknowledgment and independence and autonomy more than men do then I can’t say I agree with your statement.
Sometimes, you need to call attention to injustices, and do so explicitly. Things didn’t change because women stayed silently at home and waited for men to treat them as the equals that they are, they changed when they took to the streets.
MeToo has shown that this is still a time for women to stand up and call attention to injustice and to the way they are treated by men, and that is an absolutely valid cause. And making an explicitly feminist action movie is just as valid, in the terms of this societal constellation.
On the other hand, I think the argument could be made that Black Panther, in spite of having a man as the leading role, is at least as successful in depicting great women characters and all the more so because it doesn’t make a fuss about it. It’s just that nobody in that movie kicks ass like Lupita Nyong’o, including the Black Panther himself. In that sense, I do get your point, if it’s along those lines.