Thor: Ragnarok is set to push the boundaries of what a Marvel Studios film can be and one of its stars is hoping to push the studio in another new direction. Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie in the new film, wants an all-female team-up film. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige likes the idea.
During yesterday’s Thor: Ragnarok press conference, Thompson was asked if she would be up for a Valkyrie solo movie. Feige said that sounded like a good idea, and it is, but Thompson has even bigger plans. Thompson would rather join forces with other female heroes and told the story of how she pitched the idea to Feige.
Thompson gathered a group of women from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to join her in presenting the idea to the Marvel Studios president. Feige listened, noting that a group of the most powerful females in the MCU could not be ignored. Feige was then impressed by Thompson’s “deep cut” when she cited the Lady Liberators as a potential source of inspiration.
Mark Ruffalo, the MCU’s Hulk, had another name in mind, jokingly dubbing the hypothetical team “The Femengers.”
There are a number of options for all-female superhero teams based on Marvel’s comic book source material. In addition to the Lady Liberators, there is also a more recent A-Force team of female Avengers.
Now the question is whether this “Femengers” movie will be more like Captain Marvel, which is actually getting made for a March 2019 release, or a Black Widow movie, which is always talked about as something Marvel Studios wants to do, but has never even come close to production.
Audiences have certainly shown that the demand is there. Wonder Woman is one of the year’s biggest hits, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn led Suicide Squad to financial success last year, and Captain Marvel is one of the most anticipated movies in the superhero genre. There is no question that a team-up movie starring female superheroes can be a big box office success. It’s just a matter of making the movie.
We will have to see which heroes survive Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, but the women of the MCU should be able to field an impressive team. Valkyrie is just getting started, so she’ll probably be around and could be joined by any combination of Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Shuri (Letitia Wright), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), Okoye (Dania Gurira), Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and a number of other characters that have been, will be, or could be introduced. There might even be room for Nebula (Karen Gillan), if her quest for revenge against Thanos (Josh Brolin) doesn’t come at the cost of her life in one of the next two Avengers films.
Marvel Studios will have plenty of options from which to formulate a roster and the studio will need them. The MCU will need to evolve once again after the first 22 movies culminate in Infinity War and Avengers 4. It will be time for a new era, led by some new faces, bringing forth new ideas. Tessa Thompson’s idea is one of the best we’ve heard so far.
Kevin Feige couldn’t say “no” to the women of the MCU. Now he just has to say “yes” to putting “The Femengers” (better title pending) in active development.