Tessa Thompson recently revealed that Marvel is interested in bringing an all-female superhero movie into Phase 4 of the MCU. In a recent interview with IGN about her upcoming sci-fi flick Annihilation, Thompson addressed the possibility of her Thor: Ragnarok character Valkyrie teaming up with other female characters:
I think [Marvel boss] Kevin Feige is really excited by the idea, and if you look at what’s happened already in Phase 4 with me and Valkyrie and our story, and then in Black Panther the women rule supreme. There’s an interest – they’re doing Captain Marvel, they’re doing a Black Widow – there’s an interest in having women at the forefront of this phase. I feel like it’s hopeful, who knows.
This comes after previous reports which arose during the Marvel 10 Year Anniversary Photo-shoot which took place last October. At the time, an insane number of MCU actors and actresses from multiple films all came together to one location for an incredible photo. It was during this time that Tessa Thompson reportedly pitched an A-Force style female team up movie to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. Speaking with CBR, the actress mentioned that she had a discussion with MCU actresses Brie Larson, Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Pom Klementieff, and Karen Gillan about the film before pitching it.
I think in that group was Brie Larson, myself, Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson. Pom [Klementieff] and Karen [Gillan], who are both in the Guardians movies. Yeah, I think it was that group. We were just sort of all in a semi-circle talking, and it just came up, because none of us really worked together…and wouldn’t it be nice if we could all work together? And we were sort of speculating on the ways in which it might happen in Infinity War, or might not happen,” she continued. “And we thought, ‘No, we should just have a whole movie where we know every day we’re going to arrive and get to work together.’ So we just ran right up to Kevin Feige and started talking about it.
The time is certainly perfect for a female led superhero film. DC’s Wonder Woman blew apart the box office and was a huge critical and financial success. Marvel has also begun to focus heavily on their female characters as of late. Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther will release this weekend with an incredible cast of talented actresses whose strong female characters often steal the show. This summer, Ant-Man and The Wasp will be the first film in the MCU with a female co-lead in the title. From everything that we’ve seen in recent trailers, Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp will be a large part of the film’s focus. Not long after that, we will receive the MCU’s first solo female-led film with Captain Marvel directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
Even further, the long-rumored Black Widow standalone movie recently announced a writer, and fans are hoping an announcement and release date is soon to come. With all of this coming to us over the next few years, its clear that Marvel executives and directors understand the demand for female representation in film. If there is anything that the above photo shows us, it is that Marvel has an incredible amount of female talent from which to pull from. They have everything they need to create a fantastic, engaging team up film that is certain to destroy at the box office. Any one of these future films could be used as a base to introduce the concept of a female team, and with Phase 4 still relatively a mystery, such a film may reach us sooner than we think.
But we want to know what you think! What would be the best way to introduce a team up film like this? Who would you want to see in it, and what new characters could Marvel pull from the comics to include in the film? Let us know in the comments below!