For Marvel fans hoping for more of Valkyrie in future films, there’s a great ally on your side. Actress Tessa Thompson, who portrayed Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, is not only interested in making a Valkyrie movie, she’s already indicated who she would like to work with: Director Steven Caple Jr.
Caple Jr. recently directed Thompson in Creed II. During a screening and Q&A with the cast and crew of the film at BFI Southbank in London, Caple Jr. was asked whether he would look to join the MCU like Ryan Coogler, who directed the first Creed film. It was Thompson who reportedly responded, turning to Caple Jr. and telling him to “direct the Valkyrie movie.”
If Caple Jr. did make the jump into the MCU, it would almost be keeping in tradition. After the success of Creed, Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan went on to do Black Panther, which made over $1 billion at the box office. Obviously, Thompson entered the MCU with Thor: Ragnarok and even Sylvester Stallone had a Marvel role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as Ravager, Stakar Ogord.
Beyond knowing if Caple Jr. is even interested, there are, of course, no confirmed plans to even make a Valkyrie movie. Thompson hasn’t been quiet about her passion for reprising the character. She’s one of a group of Marvel actresses, including Brie Larson, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, and Pom Klementieff, who approached the head of Marvel, Kevin Feige, with the idea of an all-female Avengers film.
Speaking about the idea to IGN earlier this year, Thompson said, “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.”
The lack of female-led superhero films in general has always been glaringly apparent. When Marvel established itself as the powerhouse superhero franchise (sorry, DC; except no, I’m not, because you should make better films), there was constant talk among fans about the lack of a Black Widow movie, or even a Black Widow and Hawkeye movie since the two were often paired together. Yet somehow, despite releasing 19 movies since Iron Man in 2008, Marvel’s first female-led film won’t hit the big screen until Captain Marvel in 2020. In this area, at least, DC has Marvel beat thanks to Wonder Woman, the best DCEU film to date.
Still, Thompson is optimistic and believes Marvel is interested in the ideas its actors and actresses bring to the table.
“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,” Thompson said. “I think Kevin Feige is really excited by the idea, and if you look at what’s happened already in Phase 4 with me and Valkyrie and our story, and then in Black Panther the women rule supreme.”
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