MCU is famous for trying out different things, some work while others don’t but they constantly re-invent themselves (something DCEU can learn from Marvel’s playbook). Till yesterday, if there was one thing that Marvel has never tried nor it is known for it is steamy scenes in the movies. Although, there has been intimate moments between superhero couples but there has never been a full-throttle nude scene. Well, it is being reported that Thor: Ragnarok will feature full-fledged nudity but it’s for laughs instead of arousing your little Johnny. There is a shower scene that features Hulk shredding his towel in front of Thor but since it is a PG-13 movie, there won’t be a full display of his dick and focus will be on his backside.
How about a major character who is openly bi-sexual in the MCU? Not possible? Well, Tessa Thompson who is playing Valkyrie confirmed that her character is indeed bi-sexual. She tweeted: “She’s bi. And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her. What a joy to play!”
It is not a big surprise as Valkyrie is bi-sexual in comics as well. The movie is just embracing her true identity and is more explicit in its approach. She is playing an important role and could also take up the mantle of “Female Thor” in the future Marvel movies.
But there is one thing she is pushing for is an all-female MCU team-up movie in the next phase. This is not something new as there was a major pitch for an all-female Marvel superhero film by the leading Marvel ladies namely Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Karen Gillian (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis) and even Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) was part of the group effort.
Tessa Thompson explained that a particular scene in Avengers Infinity War grew to become an idea where female superheroes can be clubbed together in a movie. Here’s what she said in an interview with CBR:
“I think in that group was Brie Larson, myself, Zoe Saldana, although she ran off to the bathroom, I think, so she came midway through the pitch but she had been in the rev-up to it. Scarlett Johansson. Pom Klementieff and Karen Gillan, who are both in the Guardians movies. Yeah, I think it was that group. We were just sort of all in a semicircle talking, and it just came up, because none of us really worked together – well, I suppose Zoe, and Karen, and Pom – and wouldn’t it be nice if we could all work together?
“And we were sort of speculating on their ways in which it might happen in Infinity War, or might not happen,” she continued. “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.’ So we just ran right up to Kevin Feige and started talking about it.”
Thompson praised Kevin Feige for his open-mindedness and added “That’s the thing that’s so fantastic about Kevin is you always get general interest from him. At least when you start speaking, and then you might get 10 minutes in, and you sense that maybe something is not as exciting. But no, he’s really open to collaboration and wants to hear what we’re interested in.”
With the growing popularity and success of female driven movies such as Wonder Woman, DCEU is planning for Batgirl solo movie as well, on the other hand Marvel has a lot of catching up to do. Captain Marvel solo movie has been greenlit but Kevin Feige is taking one step at a time. When he was asked about an all-female movie along the lines of Charlie’s Angels, here’s what he said:
“There are a lot of discussions, they all focus on the post-Phase Three, Avengers 4 film, so nothing that we’ll get into publicly. We’re really focusing on Captain Marvel and the work that [directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck] are doing. It’s going to be a big part of heading towards this epic conclusion and epic finale of 22 movies over the course of 10 years. That is focus for the next six movies we have to finish and get out.”
Captain Marvel will be the first Marvel female superhero movie in Phase 4. The Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson (Room, 21 Jump Street, Rachel in Community TV series) is confirmed to play the iconic female superhero as part of the Marvel cinematic universe. The screenplay will be written by Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman (of Guardians of the Galaxy fame).
But the sad part is that she won’t appear in Avengers Infinity War. There have been rumors about her presence in the third Avengers movie but Russo’s statement put them to rest for good. But she could certainly be in the fourth movie when things get rough for Avengers and they need a powerful ally to defeat Thanos. Moreover, there is also a possibility that she will replace Captain America and assume leadership role in the Phase 4 of MCU.
The solo movie will be an origin story of Captain Marvel set in 1990’s where Skrulls are the big baddies. Carol Danvers is an airforce pilot who met with a major accident that led to her DNA getting mixed with an alien which gave her super-strength. Captain Marvel is also famous for being a female superhero who aggressively fight for equal pay for women. On a power level, she is equivalent to Vision or Scarlett Witch, popularly known as Wonder woman of Marvel universe. On a popularity level, Captain Marvel is relatively unknown as compared to Wonder Woman or Black Widow.
Kevin Feige (the head of Marvel studios) said in an interview that Captain Marvel will be the “most powerful” superhero in the Marvel universe. He said:
“With Captain Marvel, there’s so much potential in the comics and there have been so many incarnations of her powers and the characters who’ve had that mantle that we’ve been focusing in on exactly how do we tell her origin. How does it fit into the cosmic side of our universe? How does it fit into what we’re doing with the next Avengers movies? So really, that’s what’s been delaying that particular announcement.”
He added “All of the Marvel characters have flaws to them, all of them have a deep humanity to them. With Captain Marvel, she is as powerful a character as we’ve ever put in a movie. Her powers are off the charts, and when she’s introduced, she will be by far the strongest character we’ve ever had. It’s important, then, to counterbalance that with someone who feels real. She needs to have a humanity to tap into, and Brie can do that.”
In the latest interview with IndieWire, he said,
“Really, the focus now is on delivering Captain Marvel, and then bringing Captain Marvel’s story into the finale of everything we’ve started thus far.”
Although, Marvel studios has not committed anything at the moment but we are closer than ever to getting an all-female Marvel superhero movie. CHEERS!