Tessa Thompson, who joined the Marvel family with her role as Valkyrie in last year's Thor: Ragnarok, is feeling super confident about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- especially in regard to the fans who have been eagerly waiting to see themselves represented on screen.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at this week's premiere of Black Panther, Thompson (who previously worked with director Ryan Coogler on 2015's Creed) pointed out that the newest addition to the MCU is an "incredibly important" breakthrough for representation -- not just in the genre of comic book films but within Hollywood as a whole.
“It's important for the culture. It's important to me. I think it's no mistake that folks like Snoop Dogg are here [at the premiere]," Thompson said. "It’s important culturally to us that we get to see representation [for people of color], that we get to see ourselves reflected on screen in this way, but also it’s just primed to be a fantastic movie."
But there's even more to look forward to from Marvel Studios, according to Thompson, especially as the MCU heads into the latter half of Phase Three with the aforementioned Black Panther as well as 2019's Captain Marvel.
“In this film, there are all these incredible women in the form of Angela Bassett and Lupita [Nyong'o] and Danai [Gurira]. We're going to see Brie Larson and her standalone with Dewanda Wise, who is also here tonight, doing Captain Marvel. We'll see what happens with Valkyrie next, but yeah, the women rule supreme; they always have. But I think we'll see in the next phase [of Marvel films] that really translate on screen in a real way."
In addition to Captain Marvel, the studio also recently ordered a script for a potential Black Widow standalone movie -- so there's every indication right now that Marvel intends to start widening its scope when it comes to diversifying the characters who will get their own films.
Presently, Black Panther is already smashing its way through one record prior to its February 16 release date: advance ticket sales. That bests Captain America: Civil War, which previously held the top spot in that box-office category for the MCU. It was also confirmed today by Fandango that Black Panther is outpacing all superhero films combined in terms of advance tickets, beating 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.