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Kevin Feige gives further hope to a Black Widow solo film

Feb. 12, 2014by: Niki Stephens

When will a female hero get her own solo film? So yeah, weve tried and failed with Wonder Woman, but Black Widow is not Wonder Woman. Black Widow is a character that should easily be able to bring her story to the big screen. Shes done well amongst an ensemble of heroes. Plus, who doesnt want more Scarlett Johansson in that outfit?

Whats nice is that CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER brings us more screentime with Black Widow, and gives us a deeper look into who she is. Kevin Feige dished on this in the latest issue of Total Film:

Black Widow's whole arc [in The Winter Soldier] is coming to terms with her history - that she's been a spy, and spies aren't necessarily trustworthy."

Don't forget, Black Widow also has major screentime in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Wait, there's a double bonus-- It seems that Marvel agrees that her backstory is worth fleshing out in a solo film which gets it closer to becoming a reality:

We start filming the next Avengers film at the end of March. [Black] Widow's part in that is very big. We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that.

Feige also makes reference to that significant shift that CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER writer Joe Russo warned us about in January. Basically, some awesome hardcore shit is coming our way, and you better be buckled up for the ride:

We wanted to change the dynamic of the cinematic universe with this film. We wanted Cap and really the entire cinematic universe to be very different at the end of Winter Solider than it is at the beginning. Therefore when we meet the Avengers at the top of Age of Ultron, it's a very different landscape than we left them at the end of the film film. Partially that's because we love the rhythm that the comic books have developed - each of the characters appear in their runs, occasionally they get together for a big event or crossover series, they part again, and then they come back together again.

You guys ready for the Black Widow solo film?

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2:59PM on 02/14/2014

Scarlett, NO MORE

I have never been a fan of miss S.J. I do completly understand why most of the male gender likes her "acting" but I can not think of a single movie that I wanted to ever see because she was in it. I feel that just about any other actress could step into that role and be more convincing and seductive while maintaining the I have a dark past vibe. JUST MY OPINION.. BUT that would be the first Marvel made movie that I would pass on.
I have never been a fan of miss S.J. I do completly understand why most of the male gender likes her "acting" but I can not think of a single movie that I wanted to ever see because she was in it. I feel that just about any other actress could step into that role and be more convincing and seductive while maintaining the I have a dark past vibe. JUST MY OPINION.. BUT that would be the first Marvel made movie that I would pass on.
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3:06PM on 02/13/2014

why?

her character is so boring and has the least amount going for it. I mean if you want to make a hard rated R movie to reflect her apparent upbringing and life then fine, but I doubt Marvel is gonna do that. Instead we will get some powder puff "you go girl" version that wont do shit for anyone and will continue the box office bomb/critical hatred continue. How about some like real superhero's, yah know ones with actual super powers?
her character is so boring and has the least amount going for it. I mean if you want to make a hard rated R movie to reflect her apparent upbringing and life then fine, but I doubt Marvel is gonna do that. Instead we will get some powder puff "you go girl" version that wont do shit for anyone and will continue the box office bomb/critical hatred continue. How about some like real superhero's, yah know ones with actual super powers?
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1:59PM on 02/13/2014
Do people really want this? Are they not Black Widowed out by now? She has huge parts or small ones in most of Marvels movies already. That said, it would be nice to have a comic book movie with a female protagonist (catwoman doesn't count), just not sure if I'd wany this protagonist. Maybe Birds of Prey or Huntress or ???
Do people really want this? Are they not Black Widowed out by now? She has huge parts or small ones in most of Marvels movies already. That said, it would be nice to have a comic book movie with a female protagonist (catwoman doesn't count), just not sure if I'd wany this protagonist. Maybe Birds of Prey or Huntress or ???
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1:55PM on 02/13/2014
Do people really want this? Are they not Black Widowed out by now? She has huge parts or small ones in most of Marvels movies already. That said, it would be nice to have a comic book movie with a female protagonist (catwoman doesn't count), just not sure if I'd wany this protagonist. Maybe Birds of Prey or Huntress or ???
Do people really want this? Are they not Black Widowed out by now? She has huge parts or small ones in most of Marvels movies already. That said, it would be nice to have a comic book movie with a female protagonist (catwoman doesn't count), just not sure if I'd wany this protagonist. Maybe Birds of Prey or Huntress or ???
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1:40PM on 02/13/2014
I'm all for it, as long as it has the right director & some cool villains introduced. Imagine Gareth Evans orchestrating her kicking all kinds of ass.
I'm all for it, as long as it has the right director & some cool villains introduced. Imagine Gareth Evans orchestrating her kicking all kinds of ass.
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12:20PM on 02/13/2014
Not sure if there's enough there for a solo film. She's an interesting enough character, but she only ever works in a team environment, not necessarily a supporting character, but not necessarily a leading one either. If they do it, it will still make money, I mean c'mon look at that ass, just not sure if the quality will be there.
Not sure if there's enough there for a solo film. She's an interesting enough character, but she only ever works in a team environment, not necessarily a supporting character, but not necessarily a leading one either. If they do it, it will still make money, I mean c'mon look at that ass, just not sure if the quality will be there.
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12:09PM on 02/13/2014

Nah

She's an OK supporting character, but I think that's all she should be. Her character arc can play out just fine in the background of other movies. Also, and this is just personal opinion, Johansson doesn't do much for me as an actress. She's pretty bland. And as eye candy she has never bothered to get into shape like she did for IM2 again. That the GIF chosen for this article is from that movie isn't surprising.

Meanwhile they are totally wasting the Hawkeye character and a multiple academy
She's an OK supporting character, but I think that's all she should be. Her character arc can play out just fine in the background of other movies. Also, and this is just personal opinion, Johansson doesn't do much for me as an actress. She's pretty bland. And as eye candy she has never bothered to get into shape like she did for IM2 again. That the GIF chosen for this article is from that movie isn't surprising.

Meanwhile they are totally wasting the Hawkeye character and a multiple academy award nominee in Renner. Why not give him a movie? He's a legendary Avenger. Feige and Whedon keep talking about him having a huge part in A2, but they seem to be saying that about every character. If they didn't give me something to do, I would walk away if I were Renner. He helped turn that awful Hansel & Gretel film into a hit, and has a nice supporting turn in American Hustle. He's doing just fine without this.
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10:44AM on 02/13/2014
I love her, would probably watch her movie and love it but I'm foreseeing Marvel's Cinematic Universe spinning out of control with the number of solo films,their sequels and audiences getting tired of the genre if they arent careful.
I love her, would probably watch her movie and love it but I'm foreseeing Marvel's Cinematic Universe spinning out of control with the number of solo films,their sequels and audiences getting tired of the genre if they arent careful.
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8:35AM on 02/13/2014

Umm, No

I like the character in the films but I'm not interested enough in the character to sit in the theatre for 2 hours. Thus far, the films haven't really been "dark " (as Wolverine SHOULD be) and I think to REALLY do a solo back story on her, it would have to be along The Bourne Identity type and I don't think it'll happen. Besides, everyone wants a solo movie for everyone from every movie. Chillax!
I like the character in the films but I'm not interested enough in the character to sit in the theatre for 2 hours. Thus far, the films haven't really been "dark " (as Wolverine SHOULD be) and I think to REALLY do a solo back story on her, it would have to be along The Bourne Identity type and I don't think it'll happen. Besides, everyone wants a solo movie for everyone from every movie. Chillax!
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8:25AM on 02/13/2014

ufff that gif....it's mesmerising

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7:42AM on 02/13/2014

eye candy

She is just the eye candy in these films. She is one of the worst things in the MCU along with Renners Hawkeye. The less screentime they get the better!
She is just the eye candy in these films. She is one of the worst things in the MCU along with Renners Hawkeye. The less screentime they get the better!
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3:08PM on 02/13/2014
truth hurts, but spot on. where is the fat ugly black widow if that wasn't true?
truth hurts, but spot on. where is the fat ugly black widow if that wasn't true?
7:13AM on 02/13/2014
I would probably skip it. Nothing against the ladies, I just don't like the character or Scarlett in the role. They could replace her with Sif and it would be a huge improvement.
I would probably skip it. Nothing against the ladies, I just don't like the character or Scarlett in the role. They could replace her with Sif and it would be a huge improvement.
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3:29AM on 02/13/2014
Scarlet Johanson is so unathletic and clumsy. I don't believe one second that she could kick someones ass. And seeing how well female Leads in superheroe movies did so far, a solo movie would be destined to fail...
Scarlet Johanson is so unathletic and clumsy. I don't believe one second that she could kick someones ass. And seeing how well female Leads in superheroe movies did so far, a solo movie would be destined to fail...
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3:55PM on 02/13/2014
correct on both counts. everything with her is a stunt double while the men of age take a personal pride in doing whatever stunts they are allowed to do, hence why most female action movies are shit, minus Long Kiss Goodnight
correct on both counts. everything with her is a stunt double while the men of age take a personal pride in doing whatever stunts they are allowed to do, hence why most female action movies are shit, minus Long Kiss Goodnight
1:49AM on 02/13/2014
I think Ant Man, GOTG and probably a Doctor Strange (maybe different hero) and then only sequels to the exsisting franchises, have 3 each... IRONMAN, had 3, looks as if Cap and Thor will go to 3, Cap, did they not just announce a GOTG2 sequel recently.

My point... I think phase 3 willl end wth trying complete the main trilogies (Cap, Thor, maybe GOTG) then after phase 3 take it in a new direction with new hero's with the only time we see Thor or Cap in maybe future Avengers film, but they
I think Ant Man, GOTG and probably a Doctor Strange (maybe different hero) and then only sequels to the exsisting franchises, have 3 each... IRONMAN, had 3, looks as if Cap and Thor will go to 3, Cap, did they not just announce a GOTG2 sequel recently.

My point... I think phase 3 willl end wth trying complete the main trilogies (Cap, Thor, maybe GOTG) then after phase 3 take it in a new direction with new hero's with the only time we see Thor or Cap in maybe future Avengers film, but they will keep track of what hero's do the best and this will be the most likely candidates to get their own trilogy after Phase 3.

SO if Scarlet scores well in Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron then I think they might give her own film, hope so.
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1:48AM on 02/13/2014
I think Ant Man, GOTG and probably a Doctor Strange (maybe different hero) and then only sequels to the exsisting franchises, have 3 each... IRONMAN, had 3, looks as if Cap and Thor will go to 3, Cap, did they not just announce a GOTG2 sequel recently.

My point... I think phase 3 willl end wth trying complete the main trilogies (Cap, Thor, maybe GOTG) then after phase 3 take it in a new direction with new hero's with the only time we see Thor or Cap in maybe future Avengers film, but they
I think Ant Man, GOTG and probably a Doctor Strange (maybe different hero) and then only sequels to the exsisting franchises, have 3 each... IRONMAN, had 3, looks as if Cap and Thor will go to 3, Cap, did they not just announce a GOTG2 sequel recently.

My point... I think phase 3 willl end wth trying complete the main trilogies (Cap, Thor, maybe GOTG) then after phase 3 take it in a new direction with new hero's with the only time we see Thor or Cap in maybe future Avengers film, but they will keep track of what hero's do the best and this will be the most likely candidates to get their own trilogy after Phase 3.

SO if Scarlet scores well in Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron then I think they might give her own film, hope so.
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1:25AM on 02/13/2014
That Gif can melt any man. Just look at Jon Favreau's face. Priceless.
That Gif can melt any man. Just look at Jon Favreau's face. Priceless.
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12:29AM on 02/13/2014

Why not?

Marvel needs to milk the Avengers franchise for a couple more decades and they are only going to do it by making more solo movies.
Marvel needs to milk the Avengers franchise for a couple more decades and they are only going to do it by making more solo movies.
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1:42PM on 02/13/2014
Exactly
Exactly
12:20AM on 02/13/2014

Producers may be nervous about a female lead comic-based movie

but Scarlett's become so popular as Black Widow that the subject would come up eventually. Kevin Feige is probably testing the waters with Marvel fans before going full-tilt with a Black Widow stand-alone.

FYI, Kevin: thumbs up here.
but Scarlett's become so popular as Black Widow that the subject would come up eventually. Kevin Feige is probably testing the waters with Marvel fans before going full-tilt with a Black Widow stand-alone.

FYI, Kevin: thumbs up here.
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11:59PM on 02/12/2014

Priorities

I would like to see a Black Widow solo movie but not over Dr. Strange, Black Panther or Hulk (2). I think Phase 3 should introduce Strange which I'm much more excited for than a Widow movie...Marvel also seems weirdly scared to make a Black Panther movie but I think he would be hugly popular and young black kids would go nuts for a member of the Avengers they could better identify with. Color isn't the end all be all but honestly young black kids would likely go nuts for a solo movie based on
I would like to see a Black Widow solo movie but not over Dr. Strange, Black Panther or Hulk (2). I think Phase 3 should introduce Strange which I'm much more excited for than a Widow movie...Marvel also seems weirdly scared to make a Black Panther movie but I think he would be hugly popular and young black kids would go nuts for a member of the Avengers they could better identify with. Color isn't the end all be all but honestly young black kids would likely go nuts for a solo movie based on BP in the same way young girls idolize Widow and gravitate towards her character.
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12:31AM on 02/13/2014
I would like to see Black Panther and Doctor Strange introduced in Captain America 3 and Avengers 3 before they do any solo movies with the characters. This is the route they took with the Black Widow and now we are talking about her getting her own film.
I would like to see Black Panther and Doctor Strange introduced in Captain America 3 and Avengers 3 before they do any solo movies with the characters. This is the route they took with the Black Widow and now we are talking about her getting her own film.
2:48AM on 02/16/2014
No clue why this post was so negatively reacted to...this place is really beginning to get some of the jerks from AICN and that is a sad, negative place. These talk backs are becoming less and less fun to post in because everyone turns on everyone else's ideas...miss the way things were on here a year or two ago.
No clue why this post was so negatively reacted to...this place is really beginning to get some of the jerks from AICN and that is a sad, negative place. These talk backs are becoming less and less fun to post in because everyone turns on everyone else's ideas...miss the way things were on here a year or two ago.
11:42PM on 02/12/2014

I Love Me Some Black Widow!

A Black Widow solo movie? Bring it on!! The character is awesome and Scarlett Johannson is great in the role. I'm very excited about seeing her in Captain America 2. Fingers crossed for a Captain America/Black Widow hook-up.
A Black Widow solo movie? Bring it on!! The character is awesome and Scarlett Johannson is great in the role. I'm very excited about seeing her in Captain America 2. Fingers crossed for a Captain America/Black Widow hook-up.
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11:21PM on 02/12/2014
Im under the impression Nick Fury dies in Winter Soldier or is disavowed from SHIELD following the revelations of his involvement in some of the more messed up stuff the organization is responsible for. Also, Black Widow could join the Winter Soldier because of their relationship. The only part I'm confused about is how she has a big part, Hulk has a big part, Iron Man has a big part, the Twins have big parts, and of course Ultron. Sounds like a very crowded movie.
Im under the impression Nick Fury dies in Winter Soldier or is disavowed from SHIELD following the revelations of his involvement in some of the more messed up stuff the organization is responsible for. Also, Black Widow could join the Winter Soldier because of their relationship. The only part I'm confused about is how she has a big part, Hulk has a big part, Iron Man has a big part, the Twins have big parts, and of course Ultron. Sounds like a very crowded movie.
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10:56PM on 02/12/2014
I wouldn't be against the idea, but I'm getting tired of all these rumors that a certain character might get a solo film. You already have Ant Man and probably Captain America 3 and Thor 3 for phase 3. Plus rumors of GotG 2 and another solo Hulk film. Not to mention the Dr. Strange rumors. I just don't see a solo Black Widow film high on the list of priorities for Marvel.
I wouldn't be against the idea, but I'm getting tired of all these rumors that a certain character might get a solo film. You already have Ant Man and probably Captain America 3 and Thor 3 for phase 3. Plus rumors of GotG 2 and another solo Hulk film. Not to mention the Dr. Strange rumors. I just don't see a solo Black Widow film high on the list of priorities for Marvel.
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12:33AM on 02/13/2014
Marvel has a plan as far as 2021. They no doubt want to extend that plan to 2030.
Marvel has a plan as far as 2021. They no doubt want to extend that plan to 2030.
10:54PM on 02/12/2014
Wonder Woman isn't a hard character to translate to the big screen. Why does everybody say that?
Wonder Woman isn't a hard character to translate to the big screen. Why does everybody say that?
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12:15AM on 02/13/2014
Because DC lacks the intestinal fortitude to do it right - get Bruce Timm and his team of writers on the case.
Because DC lacks the intestinal fortitude to do it right - get Bruce Timm and his team of writers on the case.
3:57PM on 02/13/2014
bc of the monumental pile of cancelled and failed trash that lies it in its wake, were you looking for anything else?
bc of the monumental pile of cancelled and failed trash that lies it in its wake, were you looking for anything else?
10:50PM on 02/12/2014
Ughh I really hope not that sounds awful.
Ughh I really hope not that sounds awful.
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12:49AM on 02/13/2014
I agree, not into her character or her playing the part. Pretty weak point of the series really and she is wrong in the role. Very bad casting, she brings nothing to the part - she doesn't capture the character in any way at all.
I agree, not into her character or her playing the part. Pretty weak point of the series really and she is wrong in the role. Very bad casting, she brings nothing to the part - she doesn't capture the character in any way at all.
10:20PM on 02/12/2014
Sure, why not? Re comic book movies with female leads, honestly, I think there's still hope for a Catwoman solo film. Anne Hathaway was open to the idea and though she probably won't get it, there's a lot of potential telling the story of how Selina Kyle ran away from home, lived on the streets as an urchin, was thrown into juvie, escaped from juvie, was taken in by the master of a dojo where she began a rivalry with the future Hellhound, her early days as a dominatrix, tracking down her
Sure, why not? Re comic book movies with female leads, honestly, I think there's still hope for a Catwoman solo film. Anne Hathaway was open to the idea and though she probably won't get it, there's a lot of potential telling the story of how Selina Kyle ran away from home, lived on the streets as an urchin, was thrown into juvie, escaped from juvie, was taken in by the master of a dojo where she began a rivalry with the future Hellhound, her early days as a dominatrix, tracking down her long-lost sister Maggie etc.
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10:19PM on 02/12/2014
I would watch the hell out of a Black Widow film, but I would also want to see Hawkeye involved as well since the two of them are their own little duo/team.
I would watch the hell out of a Black Widow film, but I would also want to see Hawkeye involved as well since the two of them are their own little duo/team.
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11:28PM on 02/12/2014
Funny.
Funny.
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