From the Ocean's Eleven franchise to a reimagining of Lord of the Flies, all-female remakes and spin-offs are hot in Hollywood right now. But it's more than just a trend, as inclusion is important and women's stories in all movie genres are worthy of being told. The success of Wonder Woman this summer is evidence that female-led superhero movies aren't just about chasing a trend if there's quality and passion put into the effort. And audiences obviously appreciate that, to the tune of $822 million worldwide.
Marvel will soon be delivering its own solo superheroine movie with the Brie Larson-led Captain Marvel in 2019. But while the studio will also be featuring many women characters, including heroes, in future Avengers sequels, plus MCU installments Ant-Man and the Wasp and Black Panther, there's still a bit of an imbalance. To make up for that, perhaps we could see a Marvel movie completely focused on female heroes, as pitched to studio head Kevin Feige by MCU actresses Tessa Thompson, Larson, Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Pom Klementieff and Karen Gillan.
Thompson, who plays the scene-stealing Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, out this week, revealed details of the group pitch to Comic Book Resources: "We were just sort of all in a semicircle talking," she explained," and it just came up, because none of us really worked together – well, I suppose Zoe, and Karen, and Pom [in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2] – and wouldn’t it be nice if we could all work together?”
The talk must have occurred during preparation for Avengers: Infinity War, since Thompson says the women began speculating about their interactions in that upcoming superhero team-up, which features an epic amount of MCU characters. “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,’" she continued. "So we just ran right up to Kevin Feige and started talking about it.”
Thompson says Feige showed interest in what the actresses were proposing, but that doesn't mean the idea will happen. Still, fans have been calling for a solo Black Widow movie starring Johansson for years, Thompson's characer is expected to break out big time, with critics who've seen the movie already calling for a Valkyrie spin-off, and Feige himself has said we could see a female Thor movie down the road. Those three projects should happen, maybe even as a lead-in or an expansion of a crossover between the superheroines, which also could involve the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Netflix's Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Black Panther's Okoye (Danai Gurira).
According to CBR, there's already a perfect template for such a movie in the 1970s Marvel Comics storyline about the Lady Liberators, which involved Valkyrie (really the Thor villain Enchantress in disguise), the Wasp, Black Widow and Scarlet Witch, plus characters we haven't yet seen in the MCU, such as Spider-Woman, She-Hulk, and Tigra, as well as Storm and Invisible Woman, who are exclusive to 20th Century Fox's X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises for the time being.