Holy hellballs. Breaking, major news courtesy of Deadline. During a Q&A with Marvel Studios president and visionary, Kevin Feige, the ever-popular topic of a solo Black Widow film reared its hopeful head again. This time, Feige had much more to say than ever in the past:
“We’ve announced the next nine movies, ten counting (Captain America) 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.”
Okay, we’ve got control of ourselves now. We think.
Feige expressed that he feels both Black Widow and Scarlett Johansson are wise investments. That’s saying a lot considering Marvel takes painstaking efforts to execute each film and TV show with complete commitment to success and imagination. Feige added:
“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.”
Of course it’s very early so there’s no word when any of this is likely to happen. Marvel has an extremely full schedule already with three to four films going into production by the end of the year. Still, this is major news. Finally, a superhero film led by a very fierce, very capable and utterly incredible woman. That goes for both Romanoff and Johansson.
When pressed as to whether Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk might get a shot at (sort of) another solo outing, Feige was less forthcoming. In fact, he had a pretty diplomatic dodge, after touching on the legal red tape that has partially prevented such a project thus far:
“It’s just a great pleasure to have him in The Avengers films and as you know his next appearance will be in Thor: Ragnarok, which is a whole other type of fun Hulk adventure for him that we can’t wait to get started on.”
Well, you can’t win ’em all. Meanwhile you can see Black Widow and all her badassery in Captain America: Civil War, in theaters now.
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