I talked to Marvel head Kevin Feige about potential female-led spinoffs, CAPTAIN MARVEL, and Michelle Pfeiffer (obviously) https://t.co/G1gJyvqaF4— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) February 16, 2018
– Kevin Feige spoke with Kyle Buchanan for Vulture about women in Marvel. Captain Marvel is due for release next year, and they recently hired a female writer (Jac Schaeffer) for their Black Widow movie.
– He also notes all the women from Black Panther, and especially notes Tessa Thompson from Thor: Ragnarok as Valkyrie, who made such an impression on him on the possibility of a film lead by these breakout actresses, such as a female Black Panther spin-off.
– Feige on Black Panther: “Even watching the audience at the Black Panther premiere respond to Lupita, Letitia, and certainly Danai in their action sequences … you watch Danai spinning around in that casino, taking out dozens of people, and you go, ‘Of course you can make a whole movie about that!’”
– Feige on Michelle Pfeiffer's Performance Janet Van Dyne in Ant-Man and the Wasp: “I don’t want to say too much, but I will say that’s she’s every bit as iconic and amazing in this part as you would imagine. People ask sometimes about movie stars and star power and who’s the most exciting person to be around, and the truth is that once you get to know them as people, they don’t feel like movie stars — everybody is just a super-impressive human. But in a room full of movie stars, Michelle Pfeiffer rises to the top.”
– Feige recently corralled all of the actors from his films into one big tenth anniversary photo, and Michelle turned heads. “You can tell how big Michelle is, because all the other movie stars are going, ‘Is that Michelle Pfeiffer over there?’”
Of course, Feige does not mention:
– Thor: Ragnarok cutting a scene where a woman walks out of Valkyrie's bedroom. Tessa Thompson pitched director Taika Waititi that Valkyrie should be bisexual based on her relationship with Annabelle Riggs in the comics.
– He tried to keep it in the editing process as long as he could, but it was eventually cut because it interrupted the "vital exposition" of the scene. Thompson recently starred in Janelle Monae's bi anthem Make Me Feel.
– Black Panther cutting a scene where Okoye and Ayo flirt. In the comic spinoff World of Wakanda about the Dora Milaje (special forces team of women), Ayo is in a relationship with Aneka (not featured in the film... there's been some conflating of Okoye and Aneka).
– Vanity Fair's Joanna Robinson profiled the warriors of Black Panther in April 2017, describing the scene as Ayo complimenting Okoye's looks and her smiling back, "leaning" into the WOW storyline. Co-writer Joe Robert Cole confirmed in an interview that was where the idea came from.
I asked Kevin Feige about Michelle Pfeiffer in ANT MAN AND THE WASP and he called her "iconic," which is an adjective invented in 1958 specifically to describe Michelle Pfeiffer: https://t.co/G1gJyvqaF4 pic.twitter.com/OexieGbIsD— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) February 16, 2018
tessa thompson when she spent the whole ragnarok press tour talking about bisexual valkyrie pic.twitter.com/hMiV6RUt6N— king killmonger 🌈 (@louislestats) February 13, 2018
Janelle Monáe and Tessa Thompson have made a sexually charged bisexual anthem https://t.co/0iqGGvQp02— PinkNews (@PinkNews) February 23, 2018
#BlackPanther BLACK LGBT Dora Milaje Ayo & Aneka. Main characters front & center in the current Black Panther comics. LGBT are accepted & loved in Wakanda because no colonization. Ayo is also in the MCU. She debuted in Captain America Civil War & was also in Black Panther pic.twitter.com/JwmeGWCvpd— Jason (Black Panther) 🌈 (@RoseIsotope) February 24, 2018
Joanna Robinson: In the rough cut of this Black Panther scene, we see Gurira’s Okoye and Kasumba’s Ayo swaying rhythmically back in formation with the rest of their team. Okoye eyes Ayo flirtatiously for a long time as the camera pans in on them. Eventually, she says, appreciatively and appraisingly, “You look good.” Ayo responds in kind. Okoye grins and replies, “I know.”
This quick moment between two warrior women on their way to T’Challa’s coronation leans into a current very popular run of the Black Panther comic. A 2016 spin-off called World of Wakanda by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, and Yona Harvey is all about the relationship between two members of the Dora Milaje. The official description:
The CAPTAIN MARVEL suit revealed in today's new set photos has quite a changed color scheme from the suit previewed in concept art at last year's Comic-Con: pic.twitter.com/cwmm3j5FtM— MCU News & Tweets (@MCU_Tweets) January 25, 2018
ONTD, are you glad Marvel is taking those baby steps?
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