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Hey, Marvel: We’re Still Waiting for an All-Female Avengers

If you were one of the thousands (millions?) who saw Thor: Ragnarok when it came out in 2017, then you know: Tessa Thompson‘s Valkyrie deserves her own standalone movie. This is not some boring love interest or worthless sidekick, there only to propel Thor’s story forward. Oh no, Valkyrie—or Scrapper 142, as we first know her—is many things: a badass warrior, a messy drunk, a bisexual woman, a protector of the innocent…to name just a few.

By the movie’s end, it was obvious that wouldn’t be the last we’d see of Valkyrie in the Marvel universe—and it wasn’t. She shows up again in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, even teaming up with Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) for a true girl-power moment. When we leave her, Thor has appointed Valkyire the ruler of New Asgard so he can run off with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

But aside from a few references that tease her complicated backstory, there’s clearly so much more to learn about this character. So much so, in fact, that fans have been calling for a spin-off. (Personally, I’d love to see a prequel of the Valkyries’ battle with Hela. It’d be so badass, right?)

Tessa’s clearly on board, too:

And it doesn’t stop there. Fans have long been suggesting an all-female Avengers movie, with Captain Marvel leading the pack, is long overdue.

That actually has some legs to it. In an interview with CBR.com, Thompson revealed that she—along with fellow Marvel stars Zoë Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, and Brie Larson—once approached Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to pitch the concept. “We were just sort of all in a semicircle talking, and it just came up, because none of us really worked together…and wouldn’t it be nice if we could all work together?” she said. “We were sort of speculating on they ways in which it might happen in Infinity War, or might not happen, 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.”

According to her, “He’s really open to collaboration and wants to hear what we’re interested in.”

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