Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige recently stated that one character they are creatively and emotionally committed to doing is Black Widow, fueling speculation for a standalone film starring the character.
Scarlett Johansson’s character, Black Window, first appeared in Iron Man 2 (2010) and has since appeared in The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and the recently released Captain America: Civil War (2016).
From the perspective of fans, Black Widow is one of the most popular Avenger characters, and Scarlett Johansson has been fantastic in these films. Given her stories, it’s natural to envision something monumental for the character. Again, Johansson, who was fantastic in the action film “Lucy,” may have encouraged the producers to consider a new franchise.
Speaking to Deadline, president of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige says:
“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.”
“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.”
Indeed, given the character’s popularity, it would be foolish not to consider a “Black Widow” franchise. However, given the number of superhero films set to be released in the coming years, it would be interesting to see when the first film will be released. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) must capitalize on this as soon as possible; anything before 2020 would be ideal.