Kevin Feige Teases an All-Female Marvel Movie
Right now, any details on what Marvel Studios' Phase IV is going to be are basically zilch. Studio head Kevin Feige has been super tight lipped about what the studio has planned after 2019, when their 11 year/22 movie mega storyline comes to a close. But at the Thor: Ragnarok press junket, he did manage to give us a sneak peak at what we could be seeing...and it's something that is sure to make many fans jump for joy.
In answer to an audience question about a possible Valkyrie solo movie, Tessa Thompson mentioned that recently, while shooting, all of the actresses on Avengers: Infinity War went to Fiege together as a group, tapped him on the shoulder and said "we want an all-female hero movie"... and he said yes.
Now mind you, pretty much every female hero in the MCU is in Infinity War. So that means we're talking Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Brie Larson, Zoe Saldana, Evangeline Lilly, Karen Gillan, and Pom Klementieff. While there is no Marvel Comics team that has Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Captain Marvel, Gamora, Wasp, Nebula, and Mantis on it, most of those characters have been Avengers in the comics at one time or another, and a few years ago the publisher did introduce the short-lived all female Avengers off-shoot called A-Force. The name was clunky (A-Force just doesn't roll off the tongue like X-Force), but an all-women Avengers team sounds pretty amazing to us, no matter what you call it.
Another all-female Marvel Comics team came out a few years ago, when almost all of the major women heroes of the Marvel Universe came together in The Fearless Defenders. This was one of many recent attempts at using the old Defenders name for a new team of heroes by the publisher, something that was most recently done by the Netflix heroes for the Defenders mini-series. This means the Fearless Defenders name is off the table in all probability.
Of course, Marvel Studios could come up with an all-new name, or take a team name from the comics that isn't being used currently in films, like the Champions. But honestly, we hope that they are just called the Avengers, proving that an all female team is worthy of the title of the best known superhero team in pop culture just as much as the one with mostly dudes on it. Or how about The Mighty Avengers?
This could also prove to be a perfect way to introduce some long missing high profile lady heroes to the MCU. It's high time the movies introduced She-Hulk to the roster, not to mention Jessica Drew, A.K.A. Spider-Woman. Other strong possibilities are Monica Rambeau (who has gone by something like four superhero names, so you can just pick one), Tigra, and Miss America Chavez. There is no shortage of amazing female heroes in the Marvel pantheon to choose from, really. Just whatever you end up doing Marvel, please don't call them "The Lady Liberators." Yes, that was once really a thing once. Let's leave that name in the '70s.
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