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The Movie Marvel Actresses Are 'Passionately' Pitching To Kevin Feige

The women of Marvel want their own feature in the MCU — and they're not afraid to get in the ear of the guy who can make it happen.

In a recent conversation with Variety, Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame star Brie Larson confirmed that she and several of her peers have indeed spoken to Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige about the possibility of an all-female team-up flick. 

"I will say that a lot of the female cast members from Marvel walked up to Kevin and we were like, 'We are in this together, we want to do this,'" Larson said. "What that means, I have no idea. You know, I'm not in charge of the future of Marvel, but it is something that we're really passionate about and we love, and I feel like if enough people out in the world talk about how much they want it, maybe it'll happen."

It's unclear from Larson's remarks whether she was referring to a recent conversation with Feige, or if she was merely confirming a story that was told by fellow MCU alum Tessa Thompson back in 2017. At that time, Thompson was reported to have rounded up a bunch of her co-stars at an industry event to pitch Feige after having a discussion among themselves regarding a female-centric MCU entry.

"I think in that group was Brie Larson, myself, Zoe Saldana... Scarlett Johansson, Pom [Klementieff] and Karen [Gillan], who are both in the Guardians movies," Thomspon remembered. "Yeah, I think it was that group. We were just sort of all in a semicircle talking, and it just came up... wouldn't it be nice if we could all work together?" (via CinemaBlend)

Thompson then reported that the entire group had accosted Feige to try to sell him on the idea, and that the King Geek had been receptive (presumably because it sounds like a really cool idea, and not for fear of getting his ass kicked by a bunch of superheroes). 

Of course, this all went down before Captain Marvel grossed over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office and Black Widow was tapped to lead off Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it's safe to say that if Feige was warm to the prospect of an all-female mashup in 2017, he may be even more keen to explore the idea now. In her conversation with Variety, Larson acknowledged the shift toward diversity that is taking place within the MCU, and she seemed to suggest that the time is right for marquee heroes such as Captain Marvel to do a little more onscreen interfacing with their female peers.

"I don't know what kind of change [the introduction of more female heroes] brings [to] the MCU," Larson said. "I love Carol Danvers so much, and I love playing her, and I love the way that she interacts with people and the way that she's grown into herself. So, I'm excited to see where that goes. But there's so many other new characters that I love as well, that I'm excited to see, and it's so hard to imagine now where we're at with these stories."

What has Kevin Feige said about an all-female MCU movie?

On the subject of that fabled group pitch that Thompson described, Feige has had nothing to say. But he has had plenty to say about the future of female superheroes in the MCU, and some of his comments over the last couple of years could be taken as an indication that the idea of an all-female team-up flick is one that he's kept at the front of his mental filing cabinet, probably in the file marked "cool stuff I want to do soon." (Boy, would we love to get a look at the contents of that metaphorical filing cabinet.)

In a mid-2018 interview with ScreenRant, Feige casually dropped the bomb that, before long, he hoped for the MCU's female heroes to outnumber the men. "As the plan goes forward, I think... we're going to reach a time where it's not just ... listen, it would be amazing to see all of our female characters [take center stage] the way we have seen [the men]," Feige said. "I think we're getting to the point soon where we have so many great female characters, that those are just our heroes as opposed to when are they all female, all male. It's just the Marvel heroes, more than half of which will be women."

So far, Feige appears to be putting his money where his mouth is. Phase 4 will not only see Black Widow hit screens, but also The Eternals (which features a wealth of female characters, some of whom have been gender-swapped from their comics incarnations) and Thor: Love and Thunder, which will see the return of Thompson's Valkyrie — not to mention Natalie Portman's Jane Foster, who will follow in the footsteps of her comics counterpart by picking up Mjolnir to become the Mighty Thor.

In recent months, rumors have begun to heat up that Marvel Studios is developing a feature based on A-Force, an all-female team that has at times included Captain Marvel, Cassie Lang (the daughter of Ant-Man), Gamora, and X-Men Jean Grey and Kitty Pryde — to say nothing of Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) and She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters), both of whom have recently been handed their own Disney+ limited series.

So far, however, an all-female MCU flick remains relegated to that hazy realm of rumor — and with the entirety of Marvel Studios' Phase 4 slate having already been announced, any such team-up wouldn't hit screens until 2022 at the earliest. Of course, you can count on us to keep our ears to the ground for any and all developments, and we'll make sure to keep you up to speed.