WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Charlie's Angels, is in theaters now.
The latest Charlie's Angels film introduces a number of new Angels to today's audiences. Most of the film centers around a small group of them, but by the end of the film, it's revealed that there is a network of allies for the group all over the world.
The final moments and mid-credits sequence of the film unveil even more of the Angels members, including some very notable real-life female pioneers in their respective fields.
Many of the film's sequences see Elena (Naomi Scott) among a group of other fresh recruits to the Angels organization, working their way through the various training exercises. Three of their teachers are shown to be famous women who excelled in specific fields over the last decade. Elena learns to drive from Danica Patrick, a former professional driver. She spent years driving in the IndyCar series before making the transition to NASCAR. She became the first woman to win a Cup Series pole position, which she did in the 2013 Daytona 500.
Next, Elena receives combat training from Rhonda Rousey. Rousey is a former MMA fighter who has gone on to be the only woman to win both a UFC and a WWE championship. This isn't her first jump to film, as she's appeared previously in films like Furious 7, which also put her fighting prowess to use. Laverne Cox is the next woman to appear, serving as a guide for the trainees as they attempt to deactivate a dummy bomb. Laverne Cox is an openly transgender actress who's work on Orange Is The New Black earned her nominations for Outstanding Guest Actress in both Comedy and Drama categories at the Emmy Awards.
Bosley also suggests during one of the tests with her (namely, parachuting out of a plane) that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was also an associate of the organization. Although she doesn't appear in the film itself, so it's possible that this is more of a joke from Bosley than anything else. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a lawyer and associate justice with the US Supreme Court, of which she is only the second woman to serve on the bench. She's become an icon for gender equality and women's rights and is a modern hero in liberal circles. Having her turn out to out to be an Angel would be surprising but fitting within the universe of this film, which has the Angels (and by extension almost every woman in the film) uniting to support each other, something Ginsburg would be incredibly proud of.
Throughout the sequence, Elena trains alongside a group of other young women who are aiming to be Angels. While Elena is clearly the most advanced and potentially the only one who has been on an actual mission with the rest of the Angels already, the other young women are shown as excited and committed to the ideals of the group. The young women include two actresses and two Olympians: Lili Reinhart (who plays Betty Cooper on Riverdale), Hailee Steinfeld (who starred in Bumblebee and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Aly Raisman (the US Olympic gymnast captain who's team won the gold medal in 2016) and Chloe Kim (the youngest woman to win Olympic Gold in the women's snowboard halfpipe -- earning the medal when she was only 17).
All of this has two reasons in-universe. One is that the Angels are a massive organization, with ties to people from across different societies in a number of different fields. This gives them expertise and allies in almost every area, which must be useful for a group like the Townsend Agency as they travel around the world and try to prevent wrong-doing. The second reason is that it also creates a network of strong, professional women who know they have each other's backs. This is in line with much of the theme of the rest of the film, not explaining why that group came together but instead showcasing just how well they actually work together.
Written and directed by Elizabeth Banks, Charlie's Angels stars Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, Naomi Scott, Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou, Jonathan Tucker, Nat Faxon, Noah Centineo, Sarah Bennani and Robert Maaser.