The director of Silver & Black wants a Valkyrie solo movie after Thor: Ragnarok, and Tessa Thompson wants her to make it. After almost two weeks in theaters around the world, Ragnarok opened big this past weekend and shattered a number of box office records. Along with its near-universal critical praise, the numbers so far ensure the Thor franchise has a future in the MCU. Likewise, director Taika Waititi may yet helm Thor 4, once the dust of the next two Avengers films settles.
It may not just be Waititi who continues to work with Marvel, as Thor: Ragnarok was packed with breakout characters. Though Thor, Hulk, and Loki all delivered, the new additions of the Grandmaster, Hela, and Valkyrie have received much of the praise when it comes to the cast of the film. Both Cate Blanchett’s Hela and Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster brought plenty of eccentricity to the movie, along with menace and absurdism respectively. Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, meanwhile, already has fans asking for a spinoff thanks to her swaggering persona and aptitude in battle. Fans aren’t the only ones with this dream, either.
Gina Price-Bythewood tweeted out her admiration for Thompson’s character in Thor: Ragnarok, ending with a call for a Valkyrie spinoff. Tessa Thompson, meanwhile, retweeted the praise and added a simple question: “You directing?”
... you directing ? https://t.co/JLKx7XrZ6N— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) November 6, 2017
Fans have already replied to the proposal with enthusiasm and the prospect doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility. Price-Bythewood directed the pilot of the upcoming Marvel series Cloak & Dagger and she’s currently working on Silver & Black, a Sony film featuring the popular anti-heroes Silver Sable and Black cat from Spider-Man’s pantheon. As such, she already has Marvel’s confidence as a director and will soon be well-versed in crafting female comic characters on both the big and small screen.
Price-Bythewood’s writing and directing on films like Love & Basketball certainly speaks volumes to her skills. As for the chances that a Valkyrie solo film actually happens, it’s certainly possible. Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will introduce a number of new properties to the franchise, and female superheroes could be a big part of that. Not to mention, Thompson herself is a rising star and Valkyrie now has a larger fanbase, thanks to Ragnarok.
Thompson has already teamed up with several other female MCU stars to pitch an all-female superhero film to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. Who knows, maybe she will put together a similar pitch for a Valkyrie film in the foreseeable future.
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