Avengers: Infinity War had Marvel’s first female stunt co-ordinator — and she’s Canadian

Edmonton-born Monique Ganderton says 'it’s definitely an industry that’s taking some time'

Marvel Studios' hired Canadian Monique Ganderton as its first female stunt co-ordinator. She worked on Avengers: Infinity War. (Kim Brunhuber/CBC)

Among the hundreds of men who work as stunt co-ordinators on feature films in Hollywood, Monique Ganderton says she only knows ” a handful of women” who do the job.

“It’s definitely an industry that’s taking some time,” she told CBC News. “I’m still trying to figure out why.”

Ganderton, who worked on Avengers: Infinity War, is Marvel Studios’ first-ever female stunt co-ordinator for a feature film.

Born in Edmonton, she started as a model, moved into acting and eventually got into stunt work, doubling for Daryl Hannah, Leelee Sobieski and Famke Janssen, among other actors. She spent 18 years in the field before the Avengers opportunity came along.

Meticulous collaboration

“A film of this size, it was mostly about us meeting and laying it all out,” she said about the planning process at the world premiere of Avengers: Infinity War in Los Angeles earlier this week. “What are we going to need for this movie? Who are we going to need?”

The highly anticipated blockbuster, 10 years in the making, is one of the most expensive ever made. Its co-director, Joe Russo, told CBC News the budget was more than $300 million.