Kevin Feige Talks ‘Black Widow’ Movie & ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron has already begun filming in several international locations, and based on what we’ve heard about the shooting schedule the production team are likely to stay busy right through the summer. Chris Hemsworth recently revealed that he doesn’t join production for another two months, but when he does he’ll spend four months filming in London.

Scarlett Johansson, however, will need to get her scenes wrapped up as quickly as possible, as she’s expecting a child with her fiancé Romain Dauriac. Since Johansson is already about four or five months pregnant, an inside source has said that her scenes for The Avengers: Age of Ultron are being fast-tracked so that she won’t have to carry out such physically demanding work in the later stages of her pregnancy – and also so that Black Widow won’t have a mysterious baby bump.

Though the news was only recently revealed to the general public, it’s pretty safe that say that Marvel has probably been aware for some time. Speaking to Collider, Marvel’s President of Production Kevin Feige concurred with Johansson’s assurances that things are still going full steam ahead, and said that the script for The Avengers: Age of Ultron hasn’t been changed in any way:

“My first reaction was I was very happy for her and very excited for her, and my second reaction was we’ve gotta move some pieces on the chess board around schedule-wise.  But we didn’t change the script at all, which is sort of the most important things for us in terms of the storyline.  I think the goal is for us to sit here talking about the fact that you would never know that Black Widow was pregnant during the filming of the movie when you see the final version of Avengers 2.”

A stunt double will likely be on hand to stand in for Johansson for some of the more ridiculous moves that Black Widow pulls off, and after making Chris Evans look incredibly skinny and under-developed in Captain America: The First Avenger, taking care of a visible baby bump shouldn’t be too much trouble for Marvel’s VFX team.

Steve Rogers and Black Widow in Captain America the Winter Soldier Kevin Feige Talks Black Widow Movie & Avengers: Age of Ultron

Johansson and Dauriac’s happy announcement also got people discussing how it might affect the potential for a Black Widow movie. If Natasha Romanoff does get her own standalone title, however, it’s likely to be some way down the line. Marvel releases have been officially announced through to 2015 and it’s looking very likely that a Doctor Strange movie is next on the development agenda (with films like Captain America 3, Thor 3, and Inhumans likely to help round out “Phase 3″ of the Marvel Movie-Verse).

That’s not to say that Black Widow is automatically off the cards, however; ComingSoon reports that Feige discussed the possibility in a press conference for the fast-approaching Captain America: The Winter Soldier:

“I think the idea would be great. We’ve got various outlines and ideas of where to take that. As Scarlett already said, there’s a big element that explores her back story in an upcoming Marvel feature. The question really is, ‘When will we take her out of the ensemble and have her do her own thing?’ As you saw in ['Captain America: The Winter Soldier'], as you’ll see in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ she’s really the key to so much of the plot development.”

Feige has previously said that Marvel Studios has movies planned right through to 2021, so if ideas are already being thrown around for a Black Widow movie it’s very possible that it’s on the schedule already – even if we have to wait seven years to see it.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier will arrive in theaters on April 4, 2014. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled for release on May 1, 2015.

Source: Collider, Coming Soon

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  1. Black Widow movie would be awesome and we need a good film featuring a solo female comic book character.

    • I am not sure she would be a strong-enough character to carry her own movie alone. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see it, but solo still makes me kind of think, “Wweellll….?” She seems more like a supporting character to me.

  2. Wanna see it but I think Hawkeye should be in it with her.

  3. One word = Budapest

    Simples :)

    • They should make Budapest a One-Shot.

  4. uh oh. sounds like Joss Whedon is getting on his “femme fatale” kick again.

  5. I love scarlett’s black widow. I don’t want a black widow film unless it were a lower budget 3rd film in its release year. I want the inhumans, black panther, doctor strange and more cosmic stuff. The character is so good in supporting roles. She should be in every cap movie and she could co-star in black panther too. Just work Budapest into the story arch of another movie and tell it as a prologue.

    • Yes, BP, DS, and Inhumans seem more important than a stand-alone BW movie to me as well.

  6. While Black widow is awsome giving her a stand alone movie would be a waste since there are other greater marvel characters who deserve a chance on the screen. IMO a secret avengers movie featuring Black widow, hawkeye, mockingbird, moon Knight and taskmaster would be better. This would allow them to introduce more low level but interesting characters, use the avengers name for marketing and make the movie on a low budget. The secret avengers could have a rotating roster of non superpowered heroes.

    • Interesting thought. I like the idea of Moon Knight.

    • It would also give them a place to stick bucky once he becomes a good guy again (assuming this part of the MCU does follow the comics in a general way

  7. It’s quite possible that if not for her pregnancy, that we might have had a solo Black Widow movie before we get a solo Wonder Woman movie. That notion in itself is ridiculous.

  8. Personally I’m not that interested in a Black Widow solo film, even though I do like how the character has been portrayed thus far
    Although if they were to do it as a lower budget third film in a year I might be more interested but as a replacement for one of Marvels current blockbuster films, not so much

    The trouble is that the main story with character that would make any sense for a solo film would be a prequel -
    Prequels are generally not that great,
    It would not really move the shared universe forward in any way
    The Budapest thing seems to be the main thing people want to see, do that as a one-shot/short, really doesn’t need a whole film

    There are more interesting characters that should be higher in the priority for Marvel as far as I’m concerned, (I’d rather see a Ms Marvel film than a Black Widow film)
    Black Widow can always turn up in future Cap and Avengers films, and could even appear in Ant-man sequels due to the Shield factor, her story can be told over time through other characters films

  9. As much as I like the Widow character and of course, Scarlett; Im not pretty much interested to see a Widow solo movie.
    it would be similar to a Cap America film.

    I think Black Widow is good already as a kickass badass sidekick.

  10. i’m thinkin BW has a hand in the split between Shield for Cap 2…remember the emotion she showed while interrogating Loki…and she seems equally upset about the person under the white sheet (Fury)..she is a hardened spy that can fake(act) to get what she wants…plus her Russian ties will make any American nervous hahaa

  11. Who cares if ScarJo is 5 months preggers ?

    2 words : body double.
    Or the camera guy just show her upper shoulder. It’s all about camera angles.
    If all else fails, there’s always CGI. Just digitally erase her baby bump. Like they did with Ralph Fiennes nose when he played Voldermort.

  12. All we’ve seen of Black Widow is that she’s a good support-character. Can she carry her own solo film?

    What can be done is using her solo film to bring in new characters or villains, maybe how they were before they become bigger threats in the Marvel Universe. If all they decide to use is Budapest, then it’s more like a spy-thriller action-movie between her and Hawk-Eye than a sci-fi-ish Marvel Movie.


  14. Looks like a Black widow movie is really in the works,

    Crossed fingers that it’s about her and Hawkeye! AKA BUDAPEST!!!

  15. as long there’s a good solid script and story in place
    then it will be great to see the film evolve into an
    series of but seeing Natalie Portman accidentally
    lifts thor’s hammer and becomes him now that will
    be awesome but for black widow hell yeh bring it on .

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