Tessa Thompson sparked what has become a passionate pop culture fire just over two months ago at the Thor: Ragnarok press junket. She mentioned a pitch that she and several women from the Marvel Cinematic Universe made to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige for an all-female team-up film. Since then, it has become the most popular superhero movie that isn’t actually in active development, at least as far was we know.
Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, was one of the women who made the pitch with Thompson. As she tells IndieWire, the studio could not ask for a better time to turn this good idea into a green light picture.
“Now is the time, more than ever. Look at the success of Wonder Woman. It’s clear that we all want that.”
Wonder Woman was the highest grossing superhero movie in North America this year, and the highest grossing superhero origin film ever worldwide. If that’s not incentive, I don’t know what is. Marvel Studios should also find their own success in Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel over the next 15 months.
Marvel ought to spend that time developing an A-Force, Lady Liberators, or [insert team name here] script, so they’re ready to go on this project in Phase Four. The demand for such a film is palpable, as we saw when a photo of the women who made the pitch was released earlier this month.
Gillan also tells IndieWire the story behind that photo and the now legendary pitch to Feige.
“I had no idea when we were taking that picture that it would sort of break the internet a little bit.
“Brie Larson was like, ‘We should go up to Kevin Feige and tell him to make an all-female Marvel movie,’ so we all marched up there in a group, a whole herd of us, and said that to him. He was like, ‘Yeah, that would be amazing!’ but he didn’t really commit to it, but he thought it would be a great idea.”
Feige was never going to commit to anything on the spot, but it is a really great idea. Now Marvel Studios just needs to develop a great script and make a great film.