The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is amdist a film frenzy as Black Panther is set to hit theaters tomorrow night and Avengers: Infinity War is coming to the screen shortly after. It seems as if fans will not get much breathing time as they gulp down oxygen for their next cheer of excitement. Though Marvel Studios is sitting pretty at the top of the superhero movie world and have already tapped into the minority market with the King of Wakanda they may be looking to bring another under-represented group to the forefront: Women.
Tessa Thompson, who played Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, had some interesting thoughts to share during the red carpet screening of her latest film, Annihilation, directed by Alex Garland the director of Ex Machina. The Asgardian actress had this to say about the prospect of Marvel making women led films:
“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.”
While some have argued that Marvel has been slow out of the gate with its heroines, Thompson thinks that climate at the studio is perfect for a femme fatale revolution:
“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 [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.”
With the success seen by Wonder Woman, there was a clear call to the industry to get out their checkbooks to get the heroines of the comic book world to the big screen. And with characters like Valkyrie, Hela, and Black Widow showing dominance in the minds of fans and on the big screen, we don’t need Heimdall’s eyes to see what the future holds.