The premiere of Marvel’s Black Panther yesterday gave Entertainment Tonight a chance to chat with Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson. She revealed she is feeling more than a little positive about the role of women in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ‘Phase Four’ – otherwise known as anything that comes after the massive shake-up heading our way in the form of Infinity War, the first part of which is due to hit cinemas on May 4th.
Tessa, who kicked some serious bad-guy butt as Valkyrie in Ragnarok at the end of last year, has a feeling the MCU will be making far more of the strong female roles that have become such an important part of the franchise.
Black Panther itself has great strong female characters, like T’Challa’s mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Wakandan agent Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and warrior Okoye (Danai Gurira). Tessa feels that the film is an important step in the industry as a whole, both for people of colour and for women, pushing Hollywood forward. The film brings strong female characters to the fore, and is definitely a step in the right direction for the MCU.
This July sees The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) sharing the title for the Ant-Man sequel. The new trailer can be seen here.
Next year will see the first properly female-led MCU offering in the form of Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson – concept trailer here.
It also looks like studio boss Kevin Feige might have finally green lit a stand-alone Black Widow movie. Details aren’t forthcoming yet, but word is that Jac Shaeffer has already been tapped as scriptwriter.
Personally, I think a Valkyrie film would be a popular step for the MCU Phase Four. The character has great scope, along with some impressive back-story potential, and it seems a waste to not run with that.
Tessa doesn’t have any information on Marvel’s future plans for her character –
“We’ll see what happens with Valkyrie next,” she said, “but yeah, the women rule supreme; they always have. But I think we’ll see in the next phase [of Marvel films] that really translate on screen in a real way.”
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