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With news of a standalone 'Black Widow' film heating up again, we thought we’d take a look at all of the fierce female characters of MCU who we think deserve their own movies. Badass boss bitches, assemble!

The Marvel heroines who need their own movies

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Although news surrounding the standalone Black Widow movie had gone quiet since January, it heated up again back in July as it was revealed the mega-franchise was scouting directors for the job.

As the MCU fandom rejoice (and teenage boys across the world ready themselves for the most exciting ride of their lives), we thought we’d take a look at all of the fierce female characters of MCU who we think deserve their own movies. Badass boss bitches, assemble! Who will win their own movies in the next year?

Gamora (Zoe Saldana) – Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Yes, there might be a fair few plot holes surrounding Gamora, Thanos, and her home planet, but that’s by no means her fault and if anything, a standalone movie would serve as an opportunity for Marvel to explain itself. Plot holes aside, Zoe Saldana reprising her role as the green-skinned goddess to kick some butt in her own standalone movie is something we would pay good money to see.

Elektra (Elodie Yung) – Daredevil (2015-)

Last year, Daredevil and The Defenders actress Elodie Yung got our hearts pumping when she said she was open to reprising her role as Elektra in the MCU. Since then, we’ve heard nada about a potential movie with Yung at the center, but we’re still keeping those fingers crossed in the hope that Hand’s top assassin will return in some capacity, if only to see more of her wicked sword skills.

Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) – Jessica Jones (2015-)

A movie centered on Jessica Jones? Erm, hello? Massive potential to make one of the darkest comedy features in the MCU. She’s had her own TV show, so why not give her a feature-length flick? Just imagine the sardonic titular character (reluctantly) carrying out her PI duties, only for Kilgrave to return and Jessica to kick his butt one last time, before and / or after chugging a 1L bottle of JD. It writes itself!

Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) – Iron Fist (2017-)

Colleen was an absolute highlight of Iron Fist and with her history as a master of Bushido, she quickly proved to be a steady companion for Danny (Finn Jones). As a capable fighter with powerful alliances and scene-stealing skills, we have no doubt she’d slay on the big screen as she does on the small one.

Misty Knight (Simone Missick) – Luke Cage (2016-)

As CBR put it, “The Marvel Cinematic Universe had more than its share of strong, powerful woman, but Misty Knight was like no other.” Portrayed by the glorious Simone Missick, this headstrong detective soon proved herself as a force to be reckoned with, taking no shit from the likes of Cottonmouth and Mariah Dillard. We’d love to see her in her own standalone movie, or better yet, see her team up with Colleen for a Daughters of the Dragon movie. Could. You. Imagine.

Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) – Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Jaimie Alexander’s Asgardian warrior quickly became a fan fave in Thor and Thor: The Dark World for good reason – she’s a feared fighter and, now the Marvel writers have started to embrace the character, has enjoyed stories that highlighted her skills, unquenchable spirit, and battle prowess. We’d love to see more from this engine of destruction.

Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) – Black Panther (2018)

Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther gave birth to some of the most badass female superheroes in the MCU, one of those being Nakia, played by the glorious Lupita Nyong’o. She’s a wonderful woman of Wakanda – intelligent, crafty, and lethal – making her an ideal candidate for a standalone movie.

Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) – Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

We’d love a Valkyrie movie just so we could spend 120 minutes crushing on Tessa Thompson. She’s a badass fighting machine too, obviously, and brings some much-needed humor to the MCU. In contrast to her male counterparts, Valkyrie is a force of nature who subverts all tropes often surrounding the female characters of the Marvel comic books. As Little White Lies pointed out, her battle feels “as emotionally significant as Thor’s” and it’s for this reason we’d love to see her journey played out in her own feature-length film. It makes sense Marvel, and you know it!

Shuri (Letitia Wright) – Black Panther (2018)

Letitia Wright (Black Mirror) is having a moment and we’re with her every step of the way. Portraying Shuri – the Princess of Wakanda, sister of T’Challa, daughter of T’Chaka & Ramonda, and the leader of the Wakandan Design Group – Wright was absolutely outstanding as the tech guru with a big brain and a sharp tongue and could easily hold her own in a Shuri-centered movie.

She-Hulk

Okay, so we haven’t seen She-Hulk enter the MCU yet. But we’ve said it once and we’ll say it again – MCU needs to make She-Hulk a reality. Just imagine the levels of badassery of the big green beast in female form on the big screen. Especially since she’s a total boss bitch who is fully in control of her own body with a strong intellect and sharp-as-knife wit. Please MCU . . . please!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its new members and with 926 new people joining, its given 49% of the new membership to women and 38% to people of color (it’s about time).

Celebrating the women of color who are joining the Academy

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its new members and with 926 new people joining, its given 49% of the new membership to women and 38% to people of color (it’s about time). To mark the organization finally diversifying its members pool, let’s take a look at ten of the most kickass women of color who have just become members of the Academy.

Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay became the first black woman to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Film and the first black woman to be nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes too, for her film Selma. While these should not be milestones and should just be the norm, it still goes to show that DuVernay is absolutely smashing it.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o

Nyong’o has risen to fame over the last few years with stunning turns in 12 Years a Slave and Black Panther to name but a few.

Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira

Gurira is both an actress and a playwright best known for her work on The Walking Dead as well as for her roles in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.

Tiffany Haddish

Tiffany Haddish

Haddish’s fame continues to rise after starring in The Last O.G. along with Tracy Morgan, and she’s not stopping there. The actor’s also lined up for the sequel to the Lego Movie next year.

Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz

Kravitz is an actress and singer who, despite her eye-catching second name, is carving out her own career with band Lolawolf along with starring turns in X Men: First Class and Big Little Lies.

Quvenzhané Wallis

Quvenzhané Wallis

She may only be 14 but Wallis has already published four books and starred in the remake of Annie (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe).

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

Since appearing in The Office from 2005 to 2013, Kaling has been a mainstay of US TV along with her own show The Mindy Project, as well as publishing two books and some memorable voiceover work.

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith

Pinkett Smith is by now surely one of America’s most recognizable actresses, having started out her film career in 1993’s Menace II Society and progressing up the ladder to more recent films like Girls Trip.

Tika Sumpter

Tika Sumpter

Sumpter is a well known actress, model, and TV presenter who appeared in both Ride Along and Ride Along 2. She also more recently played Michelle Obama in Southside With You.

Wunmi Mosaku

Wunmi Mosaku

Mosaku starred (and was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for her performance) in Damilola, Our Loved Boy and she was also in the BBC miniseries Moses Jones.