Marvel Studios have turned their cinematic universe into a well-oiled machine, but something they’re in the process of working on is diversifying their band of heroes. Black Panther, the first MCU movie to have a non-Caucasian male lead, and Captain Marvel, the MCU’s first female-led production, are on the way, but something else that would help to redress the balance is a film featuring a female counterpart to the Avengers, uniting the many women warriors of the MCU.
In fact, the idea was even pitched to Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige by Thor: Ragnarok‘s Tessa Thompson on the set of Avengers: Infinity War. This has seemingly acted as a lightning rod of sorts, with many other actresses from the franchise since coming forward to declare how much they would love to work on such a project. And while we don’t have any confirmation on it happening just yet, there’s clearly an interest from the House of Ideas in putting the focus on its various female characters for Phase 4.
Speaking to IGN recently, Thompson said the following:
“I’m not Marvel so I can’t make it happen,” she told the ouetlet, “but I can tell you that Marvel is hugely collaborative, I think our even our Thor [Ragnarok] movie was basically the product of conversations they’d had with Chris [Hemsworth] and with Mark [Ruffalo] about what they wanted to do next. 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 [Thompson’s character] Valkyrie and our story, and then in Black Panther the women rule supreme.
Continuing on, she revealed:
“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.”
As Thompson makes clear, the studio’s eager to start diving into more of their female heroes. That’s very evident by both Captain Marvel and the Black Widow solo pic, while Ragnarok saw the aforementioned actress have a fairly prominent role as Valkyrie. In fact, she was actually one of the best parts about the threequel, with many calling for the character to now get her own standalone outing.
After Wonder Woman proved that female-led comic book movies can do big numbers at the box office, the future is pretty clear. After all, it’s not like the studio is short on characters to bring to the big screen should they want to introduce more women into the MCU. From Lady Thor to Spider-Woman, and Mr. Marvel to She-Hulk, there’s a lot to dig into and we’d love to see the House of Ideas start bringing some of them to theaters.
That’s just us, though. What do you make of all this? Are you interested in having the Marvel Cinematic Universe open its doors to more heroes who aren’t male? You can, as always, drop your thoughts down in the comments section below