Earlier this week, we brought you comments from Captain America: Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo about the possibility of a solo adventure starring Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. The brothers referred to the idea as “a no-brainer,”saying that it “wouldn’t take much” to get the film made, and now it seems that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is echoing that sentiment.
Speaking to Deadline, Feige was asked about spinning off supporting characters such as Hawkeye, Falcon and Black Widow into their own films:
“We’ve announced the next nine movies, ten counting Civil War, through the end of 2019. Where we go beyond that are ongoing discussions that we’ll focus on in the next few years, because we have a lot to do before then. Of the characters that you’ve just mentioned I would say certainly the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow.”
When asked why the formidable double agent was at the top of Marvel’s list, Feige elaborated:
“We think she’s an amazing character. We think Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of her is amazing. She’s a lead Avenger and has amazing stories in her own right to tell that we think would be fun to turn into a standalone franchise.”
So the good news is that we’ll probably be seeing a Black Widow film in the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The bad news is that, as Feige said himself, the studio has films plotted out through the end of 2019, so that means we’re probably looking at a minimum of four years before it happens.
Sure, Black Widow will appear in both of the Avengers: Infinity War films, and we’ll also have a Captain Marvel film to look forward to in the meantime, but it would be nice to see Marvel start prioritizing the diversification of their headlining heroes. They shuffled things around to make room for Spider-Man: Homecoming and Ant-Man and The Wasp – why couldn’t they rearrange their schedule to accommodate a Black Widow film happening sooner?
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