5 Things We Didn't Know About Tessa Thompson Before She Made It Big In Marvel

Long before NBC started showcasing police practices in the Midwest with Chicago PD, ABC (which coincidentally is owned by Disney, who also own Marvel), they tried their hand with the show, Detroit 1-8-7.
The show was a starring vehicle for a post-Sopranos Michael Imperioli as a very odd man. The show didn't catch on and the series was cancelled after one season. Tessa got to guest star several times in the show as the wife of Detective Washington’s wife, Lauren. Detective Washington found himself wounded on his first day only to be saved by Finch.
Tessa also got to play a character named Detroit in the upcoming film, Sorry To Bother You. In the sci-fi comedy movie, starring Lakeith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton) as a telemarketer named Cassius, he finds a key to succeed in business. As Detroit, Thompson plays Cassius’ girlfriend.

Also guest-starring Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Patton Oswalt, here is just a funny little coincidence for Ms. Tessa, and this film will be able to showcase her comedies talents, some of which she showed while slaying the game in Ragnarok.

Strangely enough, while women have more or less always had strong representation in comics (at least as far back as a generation or two ago), on TV, and in the movies, only a select few of the fairer gender had been realized, and to varying results. From Linda Carter as Wonder Woman to even Lori Petty as the indie comic punk-rock Tank Girl, there have been all kinds of depictions, possibly only one character has become the most iconic (at least before Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman), and that's Catwoman.
While some people like to voice displeasure over iconic characters being played by entirely different colors (see Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin / Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch), it's a trend that comic book adaptations have been doing since way back. Eartha Kitt was a trendsetter here, playing Catwoman during the now mythical 1960s Batman series.
While it would be fantasy casting here, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Thompson could play the “Santa Baby” singer in a potential biopic of the boundary-defying singer-actress. This would put in her a Ben Affleck-level as far as superhero flicks go, playing two separate heroes, and one more in a biopic of the actress’ life.

In America, even to this day, the Academy Awards still seems like a stuffy awards show filled with unnecessary pomp and circumstance every year. The best film nominees and best movies nominated often give the old and stuffy impression. So while movies like Selma are great and very important culturally, and most importantly for this piece feature Ms. Thompson, they're also not as pulse-pounding or exciting as say…Thor: Ragnarok.
Not that the Marvel Mouse House Of Ideas is exactly crying over that notion, but it would be pretty cool to see some more main stream, and universally loved popcorn movies get some Academy love. Thankfully, across the pond, the BAFTA awards while still love their critical darlings, also give praise to rising stars and their fans and have a fan voted on Rising Star award.
Tessa, along with four other young stars was nominated for this award. She did lose out to Daniel Kaluuya for his performance in Get Out, but between this award and her NAACP nomination for Best Supporting Actress, it seems that Tessa (and Valkyrie’s) stock in the MCU and Hollywood is growing.

While it is happenstance of casting that she is playing an iconic bi character, Tessa Thompson herself seems to running up the same flagpole, so to speak. She has been seen with pop star, Janelle Monae, who herself states that she “loves androids,” and supports the community.
According to Monae, Androids represent the “new other.” Tessa doesn't seem to be a robot or an android, but Monae does seem to warm for Tessa’s form, and vice versa. While Tessa hasn't said a lot in reference to her own preferences, there are a slew of pictures online of the pair.
Considering the pics and some of the roles she has taken, it wouldn't be too shocking to learn these two are officially more than just friends. Tessa once told Buzzfeed News, “I've always been someone that's really fascinated by identity and really aware that it's a creation.” Having an open mind certainly makes it very possible these two are coming home to one another every night.

Marvel comic book movies started out very, very poorly. Early movies like The Punisher in the late eighties are a prime example of how NOT to adapt source material. Then came Blade and The X-Men, and the world started to take notice that there might be more money to be made with these characters than just DC’s Superman and Batman.
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemworth, Chris Evans, and Chris Pratt; and a whole host of other actors have done a lot for the genre and have delivered some phenomenal movies: Ragnarok, Guardians Vol. I, and Winter Soldier are among some of the best action movies of the past decade. But it’s time for these guys to step aside.

That’s what Marvel’s Phase Four will be correcting. According to Thompson, she confronted Marvel Studio’s head honcho, Kevin Feige about the idea of an all-female superhero movie. “What if there was a movie with some female superheroes?...like all of them?” She asked Feige. According to Kevin, that reality will happen soon enough.
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