Girls never wanted to read my comic books. On The Simpsons, the local comic store, the Android's Dungeon, is owned by Comic Book Guy, a fat, balding, very single, encyclopedia of superhero knowledge. The comics have long been a dude's realm. Some women were a part of the scene, of course, but their numbers were minuscule. So maybe you'll forgive Marvel Studios for being slow to produce a female superhero movie within its Cinematic Universe. Comic book guys are all afraid to talk to girls.
All kidding aside, this is 2017. Wonder Woman just annihilated the notion a female superhero movie can't work. Despite the opinions of people like Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter, the problems with movies like Elektra and Catwoman go well-beyond the fact a woman is the lead. They're just bad movies overall (similar to most superhero movies made). All the ladies needed, just like anyone else, were good scripts. DC Comics' Wonder Woman was the first. Captain Marvel, slated for a 2019 release, could be another. And it seems Marvel's superhero stars have an idea for more.
In a new interview with Comic Book Resources, Tessa Thompson, who portrays Valkyrie in this week's new release, Thor: Ragnarok, revealed she pitched an all-star superhero movie to Marvel that would feature all the female characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Gamora, Nebula, Captain Marvel, Mantis, Valkyrie, and more (Jessica Jones?). And the kicker is Thompson pitched the idea alongside five of her colleagues.
Thompson says, "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 semicircle talking, and it just came up, because none of us really worked together – well, I suppose Zoe, and Karen, and Pom – and wouldn’t it be nice if we could all work together?"
"We were sort of speculating on the ways in which it might happen in Infinity War, or might not happen, 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 (Marvel Studios President) Kevin Feige and started talking about it."
Thompson's zeal is inspiring, but she's gonna need a script if she wants to get this idea off the ground. Plus, as Thompson mentioned, Marvel already has the most overstuffed superhero movie ever planned for next year (Avengers: Infinity War). The storyline from the comic features just about every major Marvel character. So it's likely we'll see most of the above-mentioned female heroes together in that film.
For his part, Feige talked to IndieWire last month about the future of female superheroes in Marvel movies. "There are a lot of discussions. They all focus on the post-Phase Three, Avengers 4 film, so nothing that we’ll get into publicly ... We’re really focusing on Captain Marvel, and the work that (directors) Anna (Boden) and Ryan (Fleck) are doing. It’s going to be a big part of heading towards this epic conclusion and epic finale of 22 movies over the course of 10 years. That is focus for the next six movies we have to finish and get out."
So, yeah, don't hold your breath for Thompson's idea to come to fruition any time soon. But, at least we'll have Infinity War and Captain Marvel.
Catch Thompson as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, opening in theaters nationwide November 3.