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Why there’s fresh hope for an all-female superhero movie

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Susan Devaney
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Black Panther actress Danai Gurira has addressed rumours of an all-female superhero film during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

If the commercial and critical success of both Wonder Woman and Black Panther has taught us anything in recent months, it’s that the stale approach to superhero films is over.

Which is why as the latest Marvel movie, Avengers: Infinity War, hits cinemas across the UK, talk of an all-female superhero film has gathered pace.

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, actress Danai Gurira addressed the rumours with a hopeful response.

“I think it is a rumour, but the cool thing is that it’s showing there’s this hunger for that type of thing,” Gurira told DeGeneres. “I know that the awesome Brie Larson is filming Captain Marvel as we speak, so these things are starting to happen, and I think it’s really exciting because it shows that yeah, of course, it’s time we start seeing the perspective of the story come exclusively from women.”

Talk of an all-female superhero film was sparked in November last year after actress Karen Gillan posted a snap on Instagram for Marvel Studios’$2 10-year anniversary. The snap, featuring Tessa Thompson (Valkryie, Thor: Ragnarok), Zoe Saldana (Gamora, Guardians of the Galaxy), Pom Klementieff (Mantis, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow, Avengers), Evangeline Lilly (Wasp, Ant-Man and the Wasp), Larson (Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel) and Gurira (Okoye, Black Panther), prompted an online proposal from fans for all the women to come together to make their own all-female film. 

And earlier this year Westworld actress Tessa Thompson spoke of her interest in making it happen, too.  

“I’m not Marvel so I can’t make it happen, but I can tell you that Marvel is hugely collaborative, I think even our Thor [Ragnarok] movie was basically the product of conversations they’d had with Chris [Hemsworth] and with Mark [Ruffalo] about what they wanted to do next,” Thompson told IGN.

“I think (Marvel boss) Kevin Feige is really excited by the idea, and if you look at what’s happened already in Phase 4 (production company) with me and (Thompson’s character) Valkyrie and our story, and then in Black Panther the women rule supreme.”

It’s obvious a sequel to Wonder Woman will come our way in the near future, but an all-female superhero film would be incredible. Since we’ve witnessed numerous superhero films centred around men, it seems only fair. Can you imagine the women of Wakanda telling their own tale? Maybe Patty Jenkins, who directed Wonder Woman, could step up to the plate? Anyway, we’re on board.

Avengers: Infinity War is in cinemas across the UK now.

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