In Thor: Ragnarok, Tessa Thompson plays Valkyrie. Her role in the film isn’t entirely clear yet, but in the comics she’s a fellow Asgardian and is traditionally Thor’s ally. On Wednesday, Thompson noted she wanted an all-female driven Marvel team for Valkyrie’s next MCU appearance.
Team-ups are incredibly common in the comics universe, as evidenced in everything from Champions to Spider-Verse to Young Avengers. So why not make our own?
Here are ten women we’d like to nominate for that movie, Tessa (presented in no particular order).
Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)
Kamala Khan is Jersey City’s defender and a kick-ass Ms. Marvel. She’d be a welcome addition to the big screen, both in sheer optics of her embiggening and her desire to do right as a teen superhero who is coming of age. The inclusion of young members who have to learn the ropes alongside their more-experienced mentors always adds a touch of drama to the story.
Storm (Ororo Munroe)
How could we not include Storm? Storm is and always will be a leader in the Marvel universe. If we trash the studio bickering and allowed X-Men to show up in the MCU, she would be the number one choice to lead this team.
Sister Grimm (Nico Minoru)
The group would absolutely need a little magic. As a founding member of the Runaways, Nico is familiar with a team setting and has grown up having to work with others. She’d be an asset to young and old alike by bridging that gap.
Silk (Cindy Moon)
Every team could use a Spider. Cindy Moon was thrown into this superhero thing after being in a bunker for most of her life. She’s largely teamed up with Spider-people, but has worked undercover for S.H.I.E.L.D. as well.
Wasp (Nadia Van Dyne)
Nadia Van Dyne is a genius. The daughter of Hank Pym and Maria Trovaya, she grew up in the Red Room, but escaped after accessing a sample of Pym Particles. She’s built her own team of super-smart girls, and so she could easily be the brains of any operation she’s in. (Lunella Lafayette would have been on this list, but she’s already stated she is too busy for team-ups. Being the smartest person in the Marvel universe means knowing when you can and can’t join teams.)
Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde)
Kitty Pryde! She’s seen it all, experienced it all, and would bring that knowledge to the team. She’s been through space and time, and will clearly have no problem keeping up with an Asgardian.
She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters)
Jennifer Walters a.k.a. She-Hulk can throw down with the best of them, but in addition, she can handle all those pesky legal issues that are sure to follow a team of super-women. She’ll fight with fists and logic, and probably get the gals a pretty sick payout, too.
Hawkeye (Kate Bishop)
Kate took on the mantle of Hawkeye and never looked back. She doesn’t have super-powers, but, she can go toe-to-toe with any of the ‘adults’, she’s an expert marksman, and a pretty damn good detective in her own right.
Miss America (America Chavez)
America, no! AMERICA, YES! America Chavez is the kick-a-literal-hole-in-through-reality girl needed on this team. She is brazen and loyal. She’ll have everyone’s back, and her passion will lead to great plotting and conflicts. She’s also proven she can be a team player when necessary, by her stint on the Young Avengers alongside Kate, so there’s a built-in partnership there already!
Black Cat (Felicia Hardy)
It’s always a good idea to add in some shades of gray. Black Cat will join a team when it’s convenient, but you can’t ever truly trust her. There need to be fallible women in this project, and she’d be a perfect contestant for that storyline. She has the power of bad luck, is a literal cat burglar, and would keep the other members of the team on their toes.