Captain America: Civil War has garnered almost universal acclaim from critics, and is scheduled to open in US theaters this weekend after raking in money overseas. We already know what the next few years have in store for most of Marvel’s roster, but once the soon-to-be-retitled Avengers: Infinity War is in the rearview mirror, where do we go?
Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo spoke with Collider about some of the characters they’d love to incorporate into future Marvel films, and like most fans, there’s a particular mutant they’d love to have in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
JOE RUSSO: Wolverine.
ANTHONY RUSSO: Yeah.
JOE RUSSO: First favorite character growing up was Spider-Man, second was Wolverine. One of my most-prized possessions is Incredible Hulk #181. It was his first appearance.
Collider: Do you have it graded or is it just in your collection?
JOE RUSSO: It’s in my collection. It’s sitting in a safe. I won’t disclose where it is.
ANTHONY RUSSO: I know where it is. And I would say Wolverine as well, for all of the exciting reasons that we all gravitate to.
Of course, the fact that Fox currently owns the rights to the entire X-Men series and its related characters is a major hurdle standing in the way of this possibility. And while Marvel and Sony were able to hash out an agreement that allowed for Spider-Man to cross over into the MCU, a major factor was the disappointing box office returns for Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man series. Fox, on the other hand, has enjoyed a lucrative run with their X-Men films, and aren’t likely to be handing over their most popular character any time soon.
As far as existing characters – when are we finally going to get that Black Widow solo film that fans have been begging for? According to the Russo brothers, it might be sooner than we think.
ANTHONY RUSSO: It’s a no-brainer, right?
JOE RUSSO: I don’t think [it’ll take] much. I think it’s just a function of where on the slate it goes. She’s a bad-ass.
Just yesterday, a poll published by USA Today showed that 48% of fans chose Black Widow as the character they’d most want to see in a standalone film. If scheduling is truly the only thing standing in the way of Scarlett Johansson headlining her own Marvel adventure, then hopefully the next phase of the studio’s big-screen plans will have some good news for fans of Natasha Romanov.
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