Finally, what we’ve all been wishing for! I mean it’s not set in stone, but let’s be optimistic. In a recent interview with Deadline, Feige expressed his and Marvel’s commitment to the creation of a Black Widow solo movie. here’s an excerpt:
DEADLINE: You’ve got a bunch of characters in this movie from Falcon and War Machine and Black Widow and Hawkeye, who have so far guest starred in movies with another characters title above the fold. Is there one destined to get a solo movie down the line?
FEIGE: 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. 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.
FEIGE: 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 stand-alone franchise.
So the question that’s been on our collective mind since 2012 is finally answered. And I like how Feige calls Widow a lead Avenger. I mean sure, she’s been in all the Avengers movies thus far but in the public eye is often thought of as a second string member. Not exactly on the B-team (God help anyone who tries to call her that), but just not front and center. You’d be hard set to find a Black Widow doll or T-shirt at your nearest Walmart. She’s very important in movies such as The Winter Soldier but just isn’t as prominent as the other leads. So it’s a bit refreshing to hear that Feige does not believe that to be the case. Although she is unrepresented in merchandise, I understand the reasoning for that. Black Widow doesn’t currently bring in the big bucks like Cap and Iron Man do. But many after a solo movie that will start to change.
Of course, there is also the question of what a Black Widow solo film would entail. A spy thriller could be cool, especially one that goes into all the stuff she was doing before she got involved with Shield. When she wasn’t exactly working with the good guys. That could be super interesting, but it likely wouldn’t get as big an audience as Age of Ultron or Civil War. The kids are likely to be more interested in seeing an a big fun Avengers film than a super actiony and dramatic and violent Black Widow movie. And tone is another thing. The Marvel movies always seem to have this air of fun (I say having not yet seen Civil War) and the way I am envisioning this it’s not super “fun”. So they could possibly be risking a larger box over for a more adult movie if you will. And then there the action, or the lack thereof. There’s a lot of stuff that can be done on the big screen but I can’t see Marvel going far enough that an R rating is possible. I want them to go all in and in my head all in means going that far. I’m sure there are stories that would be perfect for the solo movie that don’t need to go that far, but I’d like it to. I’d probably prefer a Netflix series that goes into her backstory and allows us to learn about this character that has been overshadowed by her male counterparts. But as I said earlier, it’s not set in stone so let’s try to be optimistic.
The latest Marvel movie Captain America Civil war just came out in American theaters. And when will the Black Widow movie come out? That I cannot tell you.