Marvel Has An "Interest" In An All-Female Superhero Movie, Tessa Thompson Says

Women are finally getting their time to shine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it couldn't come soon enough. After years of stealing the scenes from under the titular male superheroes, the female superheroes may finally get their all female Marvel movie — at least, that's what Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson hopes.

In a story that seems like it was plucked straight out of a Marvel movie, Thompson had led a legion of Marvel actresses to demand that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige consider an all-female movie. Now, with Captain Marvel in production and a Black Widow movie on its way, this idea might actually come into fruition.

At the premiere of Annihilation, Thompson told IGN that there is definitely an "interest" in bringing female superheroes to the forefront in the fourth phase of the MCU:

"I'm not Marvel so I can't make it happen, but I can tell you that Marvel is hugely collaborative, I think our even our Thor 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."

Thompson said that she hasn't heard from Feige after her initial approach to him in October, but she's "hopeful." She added, "they're doing Captain Marvel, they're doing a Black Widow – there's an interest in having women at the forefront of this phase."

Valkyrie was unquestionably one of the best parts of Thor: Ragnarok. A hard-drinking, tortured character who goes through a fascinating arc from regret to redemption, Valkyrie is lent an effortless swagger by Thompson's scene-stealing performance.

The same can be said for Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, Evangeline Lilly's Hope van Dyne, and Zoe Saldana Gamora — each a supporting character to the titular hero, but indisputably the best parts of their respective movies. Black Widow is finally getting her solo movie after a decade of fan demands, Hope van Dyne is getting co-title status in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Gamora and her feuding sister Nebula (Karen Gillan) became the beating heart of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

But all together — alongside badass female Marvel characters like Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), and maybe Black Panther's Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) – they would be unstoppable.

But is there precedent for teaming up so many female characters from all stretches of the cosmos? Of course, it's comic books. Here are a few possible all-female superhero teams that deserve a feature film debut.

All-Female Marvel Teams

A-Force: The female answer to the Avengers, the A-Force was formed during the Secret Wars crossover and was led by She-Hulk. Other members include Captain Marvel, Medusa, Dazzler, Nico Minoru, and more.Lady Liberators: Formed in the '70s, the Lady Liberators were actually a villainous group of female superheroes who were mentally manipulated by the Enchantress to do her bidding. Heroes roped in included the Wasp, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, and Madame Medusa — but later, She-Hulk would reform the group to do fight on the side of good. This iteration would be joined by Thundra, Valkyrie, the Invisible Woman, and female Guardians of the Galaxy members Gamora, Mantis, and Quasar.Fearless Defenders: Led by the Valkyrie of Asgard, the Fearless Defenders included Misty Knight, Dani Moonstar, and Warrior Woman, with a few guest appearances by other female Marvel heroes like Clea, Elsa Bloodstone, and the female Nova, Frankie Raye.