Black Widow is one of the only original Avengers without her own movie. While the Hulk is with her there, his lack of a solo film can be blamed on the fact that Universal owns some of the rights. However, there hasn’t been much of a reason for Black Widow not to have a solo film. It seems Marvel might finally give fans what they’ve been asking for.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talked to about what could happen after Phase Three of the Marvel Cinemativ Universe (MCU). He was asked if any of the supporting characters in “Captain America: Civil War” could headline a flick at some point.
“We’ve announced the next nine movies, 10 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,” Feige told Deadline. “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.”
The studio might even give her more than one headlining film. “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,” he added.
Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) has appeared in five MCU films, and fans have taken a liking to her. Some have even campaigned to have her lead a film after the Phase Three line up didn’t include a Natasha Romanoff movie. At the time, Feige evaded questions about it by saying that Widow was crucial to the “Avengers” films.
“The plans we have for her throughout the rest of the ‘Avengers’ saga is very, very big,” he told Entertainment Weekly in 2014. “A linchpin, in fact, to those films. So instead of taking her out, instead of doing a prequel, which we haven’t done yet, we’re continuing the forward momentum and continuity of the cinematic universe of which Widow is a key, key part.”
His most recent answer is much more direct, but “committing” to a “Black Widow” film and officially announcing it are different things. Fans should still be excited, though. “Captain America: Civil War” directors Joe and Anthony Russo also seemed to support a flick for the former double agent in an interview with Collider.
Anthony called it “a no-brainer” while Joe said that schedules were probably the film’s biggest obstacle. “I think it’s just a function of where on the slate it goes,” Joe explained. Fans will have to keep waiting for an official announcement.