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Robert Downey Jr. talks solo Black Widow, Hulk and Hawkeye movies

09.03.2014

Fans have been very vocal lately about wanting Marvel to do a movie featuring one of their female comic book characters as the lead, with Black Widow and Ms. Marvel as the two many people would like to see get solo films. In an interview with USA Today, Robert Downey Jr. was asked if Marvel should do a Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson, and the actor jokingly said “Doesn’t Scarlett deserve a break?” before going on to talk about the strong female characters from Marvel's movies.

I think that the interesting thing particularly after Guardians with Zoe (Saldana), (or) even from the first Iron Man where Pepper was kind of this really – to me the Iron Man franchise would never have taken off without (Gwyneth) Paltrow. There’s something about her that grounded the story. She’s not your typical lady in a superhero movie, and then by Iron Man 3 she’s swallowing serums and putting on suits and kicking (butt) and all that stuff...It would be kind of more appropriate for a character that already was like a Black Widow (to lead a movie). It just seems like whatever Scarlett does people want to go see it.

It would make sense for Marvel to do a Black Widow movie instead of (for example) Ms. Marvel since the character has already appeared in their feature films, and it's obvious many fans want to see her in a solo flick. Robert Downey Jr. also says he would love to see Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye and Mark Ruffalo's the Hulk get solo movies.

The funny thing is honestly at this point everyone deserves a franchise. I think Jeremy Renner is — when folks see the Avengers: Age of Ultron he’s just a rockstar, a bada–. And Ruffalo is pumped. He does great (work). I’d like to hear them talk even more seriously about a Hulk franchise, because that’s been one of the toughest ones to get right. But I’m sure that my parent company is feeling expansive and bold after the summer they’ve had.

Yeah, I'd say Marvel had a pretty good summer. We do know the studio is interested in doing a Hulk movie, and some fans are hopeful it'll be one of Marvel's untitled upcoming films. Who do you think will get a new solo movie first: Black Widow, Hulk or Hawkeye?

Robert Downey Jr. can be seen next in the highly anticipated THE JUDGE on October 10, 2014, and AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will be in theaters on May 1, 2015.

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3:24PM on 09/04/2014
i'd take a Ms Marvel/Captain Marvel movie over a solo Black Widow film, Ms Marvel has an easier history and backstory, not to mention that they're just getting into the Kree in the movies and on Agents of SHIELD. Although, a Black Widow and Hawkeye film featuring the Winter Soldier would be pretty fantastic
i'd take a Ms Marvel/Captain Marvel movie over a solo Black Widow film, Ms Marvel has an easier history and backstory, not to mention that they're just getting into the Kree in the movies and on Agents of SHIELD. Although, a Black Widow and Hawkeye film featuring the Winter Soldier would be pretty fantastic
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8:46AM on 09/04/2014
Would be nice to see another Hulk movie, but after we see him smash a hundred evil robots in Age of Ultron, will there really be that much more people want from the character? It's a shame, but he does work well as a supporting character or part of an ensemble. I've no interest in a solo Black Widow movie - there's better things Marvel can be doing with their time and limited release options - they can really only do so many each year without overkill, there's no reason to focus on a lesser
Would be nice to see another Hulk movie, but after we see him smash a hundred evil robots in Age of Ultron, will there really be that much more people want from the character? It's a shame, but he does work well as a supporting character or part of an ensemble. I've no interest in a solo Black Widow movie - there's better things Marvel can be doing with their time and limited release options - they can really only do so many each year without overkill, there's no reason to focus on a lesser character like that. It's a shame the X-Men are beyond their reach, because a Storm solo movie could definitely work, or have her leading the X-Men like she has done various times in the comics.
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2:21AM on 09/04/2014
Ugh... Iron Man 2, Avengers AND Cap 2 already had Black Widow having about as much or more action than anyone else. Why would she need a solo movie. Will she be by herself cause that's why Wolverine's solo movies suck. Black Widow needs Hawkeye or Cap or Nick to make the movie not dreadfully full and at that point is it just Scar Jo's ego or a feminist battle that makes the Black Widow and not Captain America 3?
Ugh... Iron Man 2, Avengers AND Cap 2 already had Black Widow having about as much or more action than anyone else. Why would she need a solo movie. Will she be by herself cause that's why Wolverine's solo movies suck. Black Widow needs Hawkeye or Cap or Nick to make the movie not dreadfully full and at that point is it just Scar Jo's ego or a feminist battle that makes the Black Widow and not Captain America 3?
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7:47PM on 09/03/2014

HULK!!!

So we've gotten two mediocre Hulk films in the past so I get the hesitance to bring him back again. With that said, Sony has rebooted an overall mediocre Spider-man franchise with another mediocre Spider-man franchise. The fail of it wasn't the timing, it was the character. They just didn't get the character. Marvel has finally solved the Hulk problem. They understand the character now so I say bring him back again and give us the Hulk film that's been waiting a long time to be made.
So we've gotten two mediocre Hulk films in the past so I get the hesitance to bring him back again. With that said, Sony has rebooted an overall mediocre Spider-man franchise with another mediocre Spider-man franchise. The fail of it wasn't the timing, it was the character. They just didn't get the character. Marvel has finally solved the Hulk problem. They understand the character now so I say bring him back again and give us the Hulk film that's been waiting a long time to be made.
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1:22PM on 09/03/2014
"to me the Iron Man franchise would never have taken off without (Gwyneth) Paltrow." Ya, BS!

And, to me, Hawkeye and Black Widow are like R2-D2 and C-3PO. As in they're just characters that play a part in the movie, but don't need their own movie...Plus, I wouldn't want to see their solo movies if they were ever made. They're not that interesting because they're not really that known. As in they're not big time superhero names. They're just sidekicks.
"to me the Iron Man franchise would never have taken off without (Gwyneth) Paltrow." Ya, BS!

And, to me, Hawkeye and Black Widow are like R2-D2 and C-3PO. As in they're just characters that play a part in the movie, but don't need their own movie...Plus, I wouldn't want to see their solo movies if they were ever made. They're not that interesting because they're not really that known. As in they're not big time superhero names. They're just sidekicks.
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1:47PM on 09/03/2014
The Guardians of the Galaxy weren't big names either. Look at what Marvel was able to do with them.
The Guardians of the Galaxy weren't big names either. Look at what Marvel was able to do with them.
1:48PM on 09/03/2014
I think the R2-D2/C3PO analogy is pretty damn good for them. While I like the characters, I really do not want or need a solo movie for them. And I think its time to face the truth, if we were going to see a Black Widow movie we would have already watched it. Personally I am more interested to hear a announcement for a Ms. Marvel movie.
I think the R2-D2/C3PO analogy is pretty damn good for them. While I like the characters, I really do not want or need a solo movie for them. And I think its time to face the truth, if we were going to see a Black Widow movie we would have already watched it. Personally I am more interested to hear a announcement for a Ms. Marvel movie.
2:02PM on 09/03/2014
I see what you're saying, MayatheBee, but in the only defense I can think of, Guardians of the Galaxy was not a solo movie, so it was a lot bigger and, well, different. I know an Avenger would be included in their solo movie if they ever have one, but that's still not quite the same thing.

The thing is though, Black Widow has never interested me and neither has Hawkeye. To me they're just side characters.
I see what you're saying, MayatheBee, but in the only defense I can think of, Guardians of the Galaxy was not a solo movie, so it was a lot bigger and, well, different. I know an Avenger would be included in their solo movie if they ever have one, but that's still not quite the same thing.

The thing is though, Black Widow has never interested me and neither has Hawkeye. To me they're just side characters.
2:03PM on 09/03/2014
Thank you, XSsoCX.
Thank you, XSsoCX.
11:44AM on 09/03/2014

Feh

I'd rather see a new Avengers movie every year. They could split the team up after Avengers 3 and have Cap, Widow, Hawkeye, etc. face villains like Baron Strucker, Baron Zemo, Crossbones, the Taskmaster, Hydra and the Mandarin while Hulk, Thor, War Wachine, etc. deal with the likes of Kang, Thanos, Loki, Ultron, the Abomination and the Leader. Of course, every few years you would also have a crossover movie that would involve the Avengers and the Guardians or the Avengers and the Defenders
I'd rather see a new Avengers movie every year. They could split the team up after Avengers 3 and have Cap, Widow, Hawkeye, etc. face villains like Baron Strucker, Baron Zemo, Crossbones, the Taskmaster, Hydra and the Mandarin while Hulk, Thor, War Wachine, etc. deal with the likes of Kang, Thanos, Loki, Ultron, the Abomination and the Leader. Of course, every few years you would also have a crossover movie that would involve the Avengers and the Guardians or the Avengers and the Defenders (Daredevil, Powerman, Iron Fist, etc.) By constantly rotating the cast and bringing in new characters they can keep the stories fresh. That's how they do it with the comics, after all. In any case, they need to hurry up and make the movies while the actors are still young. Eventually they will recast the actors but only after the characters have been phased out of the team and people are ready to see the characters introduced played by different actors.
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11:16AM on 09/03/2014
As much as I love all these characters, I'm not positive any of them would work as well when solo. Ironically, t's their presence in the group that makes them stand out. Even an awesome character such as Wolverine is much harder to love when he's solo. And of the 4 Iron Man appearances, RDJ clearly does best in the Avengers. So going solo shakes things up quite a bit. Hulk might work solo if done right this time but I really like Hawkeye and Black Widow with the rest of the group. However, the
As much as I love all these characters, I'm not positive any of them would work as well when solo. Ironically, t's their presence in the group that makes them stand out. Even an awesome character such as Wolverine is much harder to love when he's solo. And of the 4 Iron Man appearances, RDJ clearly does best in the Avengers. So going solo shakes things up quite a bit. Hulk might work solo if done right this time but I really like Hawkeye and Black Widow with the rest of the group. However, the two of them together in a movie could work, especially if you'd throw in Hill and Fury. I just don't see Marvel convincing Johannson to film a solo movie on top of Avengers 3 and presumably Cap 3. But who knows, Marvel has yet to reveal 5 titles. Can't wait to see what they are.
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12:53PM on 09/03/2014
i totally agree with you.Fans are blindly askng fr solo movies and origin movies.Remember what happened to darth vader?
i totally agree with you.Fans are blindly askng fr solo movies and origin movies.Remember what happened to darth vader?
1:50PM on 09/03/2014
I'd love a SHEILD-like movie starring Widow, Hawkeye, Hill and Fury. They could even introduce Carol Danvers and small heroes like Spider-Woman and Mockingbird in it.
I'd love a SHEILD-like movie starring Widow, Hawkeye, Hill and Fury. They could even introduce Carol Danvers and small heroes like Spider-Woman and Mockingbird in it.
11:07AM on 09/03/2014

A Black Widow movie is long overdue

Scarlett Johannson has more than proven her bankability as an action star, and there are enough geek girls (and guys!) that would love to see a comic-book-based flick with a female lead. Just to stack the deck a little more, Joss Whedon should be in charge: he's great with strong female leads.
Scarlett Johannson has more than proven her bankability as an action star, and there are enough geek girls (and guys!) that would love to see a comic-book-based flick with a female lead. Just to stack the deck a little more, Joss Whedon should be in charge: he's great with strong female leads.
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12:59PM on 09/03/2014
have you read black widow comics? She is not a very deep character.The thing that makes her deep is her mysterious past.
have you read black widow comics? She is not a very deep character.The thing that makes her deep is her mysterious past.
11:02AM on 09/03/2014
At this point I just want another Hulk movie. It's been too long.
At this point I just want another Hulk movie. It's been too long.
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10:57AM on 09/03/2014
RDJ would like to find a way to make the Black Widow movie about him.
RDJ would like to find a way to make the Black Widow movie about him.
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10:50AM on 09/03/2014
To me, it just sounds like Downey's a bit embarrased to be the only one making serious money with these films. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure Renner and Ruffalo are well off, but ain't nobody taking home like 50 million other than Downey...

And if they made a Black Widow movie, I'm not sure that I'd be interested. Even with Hawkeye... It's like paying to see an Anne Lewis spinoff movie or something. Richard Thornburg: Super Reporter. Like they contribute to the story, yes, but I just don't see
To me, it just sounds like Downey's a bit embarrased to be the only one making serious money with these films. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure Renner and Ruffalo are well off, but ain't nobody taking home like 50 million other than Downey...

And if they made a Black Widow movie, I'm not sure that I'd be interested. Even with Hawkeye... It's like paying to see an Anne Lewis spinoff movie or something. Richard Thornburg: Super Reporter. Like they contribute to the story, yes, but I just don't see them going solo. Sorry.
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10:53AM on 09/03/2014
Aw hell, who am I kidding - I'd totally see Richard Thornburg: Super Reporter.
Aw hell, who am I kidding - I'd totally see Richard Thornburg: Super Reporter.
1:01PM on 09/03/2014
RDJ is the one who made MCU successful.The frst iironman movie
RDJ is the one who made MCU successful.The frst iironman movie
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10:49AM on 09/03/2014
I've always loved the idea that the Iron Man Trilogy is actually about Pepper asserting dominance over the male superhero lead and the deconstruction of Tony Stark.
Think about it, Tony Stark's personality trait is that of a womanizing, business tycoon, superhero. By the end of that franchise she's tamed his womanizing heart becoming his one love, taken Stark Industries from him and ran it successfully and then actually saves him with his own Iron Man suit, followed by saving him again with
I've always loved the idea that the Iron Man Trilogy is actually about Pepper asserting dominance over the male superhero lead and the deconstruction of Tony Stark.
Think about it, Tony Stark's personality trait is that of a womanizing, business tycoon, superhero. By the end of that franchise she's tamed his womanizing heart becoming his one love, taken Stark Industries from him and ran it successfully and then actually saves him with his own Iron Man suit, followed by saving him again with her OWN superheroics and it being Pepper who actually destroys the final antagonist by the last movie whilst Stark sits, quite literally stripped of all suits and power.
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12:50PM on 09/03/2014
but her character was [link] the seres, she was this dominating woman bossing tony around aaaaand thats it.
but her character was [link] the seres, she was this dominating woman bossing tony around aaaaand thats it.
10:05AM on 09/03/2014

WHAAT?

''then by Iron Man 3 she’s swallowing serums and putting on suits and kicking (butt) and all that stuff..''.THat was the worst part of Ironman 3.
I am not a sexist.I love Black widow.But she is one of the 'cool' characters just like hulk,wolverine and bobofett.They are better when they are smaller part of a larger story.
''then by Iron Man 3 she’s swallowing serums and putting on suits and kicking (butt) and all that stuff..''.THat was the worst part of Ironman 3.
I am not a sexist.I love Black widow.But she is one of the 'cool' characters just like hulk,wolverine and bobofett.They are better when they are smaller part of a larger story.
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10:00AM on 09/03/2014
If they are looking to make solo films for all three of those characters, then they should just kill two birds with one stone and make a Hawkeye/Black Widow film. I think it would be easier then making one separate film for each character. Have the film be a little about their past history with one another and half of it be in the present during a new mission.

As for an Incredible Hulk sequel, I believe it will happen one day, but I wouldn't be surprised if we see Hulk joining in on some
If they are looking to make solo films for all three of those characters, then they should just kill two birds with one stone and make a Hawkeye/Black Widow film. I think it would be easier then making one separate film for each character. Have the film be a little about their past history with one another and half of it be in the present during a new mission.

As for an Incredible Hulk sequel, I believe it will happen one day, but I wouldn't be surprised if we see Hulk joining in on some other Marvel's character film first (ie Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for example).
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10:08AM on 09/03/2014
the thing that makes black widow and hawkeye cool is their mysterious past.So don't give their backstory.Instead make 'shield' movie with hawkeye, black widow and nick fury fighting hydra.
the thing that makes black widow and hawkeye cool is their mysterious past.So don't give their backstory.Instead make 'shield' movie with hawkeye, black widow and nick fury fighting hydra.
11:06AM on 09/03/2014
I like your idea of a Black Widow/Hawkeye movie. There's a lot of potential for a great spy/suspense thriller there. They don't need to go as big as the other Marvel films to date, they could keep it pretty simple. A great way to tell the back story would be to focus on Black Widow, perhaps a villain from her past is causing trouble in the present day. Her and Hawkeye are dispatched to take care of it. Throughout the story we get flashbacks to Black Widow's past to explain the current day
I like your idea of a Black Widow/Hawkeye movie. There's a lot of potential for a great spy/suspense thriller there. They don't need to go as big as the other Marvel films to date, they could keep it pretty simple. A great way to tell the back story would be to focus on Black Widow, perhaps a villain from her past is causing trouble in the present day. Her and Hawkeye are dispatched to take care of it. Throughout the story we get flashbacks to Black Widow's past to explain the current day scenario, etc. Perhaps that's not fair to Renner to put so much focus on Scarlet Johansson, but whatever. The focus can be on Hawkeye in the sequel.

As for GOTG 2, it would be great if Hulk showed up for that as a branching off point for a Planet Hulk movie. I know people say it's not going to happen because the story is all Hulk and no Banner and they won't want to pay Ruffalo to be there without ever actually seeing him. But I think that's a lame cop out for an excuse. A) Marvel already tweaks there storylines to fit the needs of the MCU, so why can't they change things up a bit to have Hulk switch between Banner and Hulk during the storyline for Planet Hulk. B) Even if it's all Hulk, they're doing mo-cap with Ruffalo for the character, so technically that is him on screen, so they're getting their money's worth on him.
9:47AM on 09/03/2014

wat

"– to me the Iron Man franchise would never have taken off without Paltrow."
Say what now...?
"– to me the Iron Man franchise would never have taken off without Paltrow."
Say what now...?
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