‘Captain America 2′ TV Spot & Black Widow Images; ScarJo talks Strong Female Characters in ‘Avengers 2′

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 24th, 2014 at 9:48 am,

We’ve got three tent-pole releases based on Marvel Comics titles coming between now and the end of May, starting with Marvel Studios’ next Phase Two entry, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which hits U.S. theaters in less than two weeks. The advance word has so far been sensational, with critics of different stripes lauding the film for its accessibility to non-comic book fans, its political intrigue plot line and the high-octane action set pieces.

The marketing push for The Winter Soldier is comparable to that of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but unlike the slight Spider-fatigue some fans might be feeling in the wake of Sony’s PR storm, much of what we’ve seen of the Marvel Studios offering just leaves us wanting more.

From the international trailer to that terrific 4-minute preview – not to mention the myriad TV spots and featurettes – the Cap 2 push has kept the moral core of Steve Rogers (the returning Chris Evans) at the forefront, while providing generous time to co-stars Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie).

So what would the final run-up to the film’s release be without another TV spot? This one hits the same beats as many previous spots, but gives us a fun tag at the end, with Falcon escaping a crumbling building by leaping wingless through a window, hoping that Black Widow will be there with a helicopter to save him.

Watch the spot above and check out some new stills of Scarlett Johansson in character below.


As for Widow and Falcon, it’s becoming clear that these two are being treated as real partners and equals to Captain America, rather than relegating them to mere sidekick roles. The Black Widow in particular appears to be more of a co-lead, with The Winter Soldier continuing Natasha Romanoff’s character arc, which began with Iron Man 2 and evolved considerably over the course of The Avengers.

Still, Marvel evidently has no solid plans for a standalone Black Widow movie – or any female-centered superhero movie in general – any time soon. This doesn’t mean that Marvel won’t continue to add strong female characters to their movie universe, however.

While speaking to The Showbiz 411 (via CBM) alongside Chris Evans in advance of Cap 2‘s wide release, Scarlett Johansson commented on the amount of female cosplayers in attendance at the movie’s premiere and the upcoming kick-ass ladies Marvel will introduce.

ScarJo specifically name-checked certain prominent female comic book characters, saying:

“There were all kinds of characters [at the premiere]. There was a Ms. Marvel, there was a Wasp and a lot of Black Widows out there…one thing I got from all of them is that there is space – they’re excited to see [a] female represented in these movies. I think Marvel’s kind of heard that note and you’ll see some pretty strong female characters in ‘Avengers 2′ coming up.”

Aside from the returning Cobie Smulders reprising her role as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill, the other major female character appearing in The Avengers: Age of Ultron (that we know of) is newcomer Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. The Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen.

We’ve been firmly told that Scarlet Witch and her brother Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) won’t be Inhumans, so we’re supposed to forget about any female Inhuman character (such as Medusa, Crystal or Avia) appearing at this point.

Ms Marvel 31 Marvel Comics Captain America 2 TV Spot & Black Widow Images; ScarJo talks Strong Female Characters in Avengers 2

Then what about Ms. Marvel? That superhero’s namesake studio may have soundly outpaced Warner Bros./DC in establishing an interconnected, multi-platform universe, which is now charging ahead on all cylinders, but Warner Bros. will probably be the first to release a standalone superhero film with a female lead in the form of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.

If The Winter Soldier performs as well as expected, Black Widow will move further to the foreground among Marvel’s roster of heroes, becoming even more integral in The Avengers 2. The studio might not be able to waffle about a solo ScarJo movie for too much longer.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in U.S. theaters on April 4th, 2014. Guardians of the Galaxy reaches U.S. theaters on August 1st, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1st, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17th, 2015 and Captain America 3 will be in theaters on May 6, 2016.

Source: CBM

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  1. You forgot the info for the release date of Ant-Man at the end.

  2. God, Scarjo is looking fine.

    • She has always been hot. I know this violates guy-code, but I saw that movie Don Jon, and wow, she was so smoking hot.

      • You do realize your irony there right? Don Jon was about the objectification of women.

        • So it is true to life!

        • and the preconceived idea of love from females

          • I’ve not seen Don Jon but indeed, she is insanely f*cking hot in it.

            • its actually a pretty good movie…kinda weird watching it with the girlfriend…but damn she is on fire in it…here accent is another story

              • I definitely intend to see it. For inappropriate reasons.

  3. I honestly don’t want a Black Widow solo film– I think she, as well as Hawkeye and Fury, are fine as supporting characters. If Marvel can only do two films a year, then I think making a Widow film over Ms. Marvel or another male franchise like Black Panther or Dr. Strange would be an unwise decision.

    • I agree completely. At this point a Black Widow film would be a waste, plus they need to face the facts that she’s just not A-list.

      • Agreed. Black Widow is OK as a supporting character, but she probably could not carry a flick alone. besides, there are more important heroes to get processed and pout there, and more important villains than BW could take on alone that need to be presented as well. Nothing against female characters…I really want Wasp ASAP, along with Goliath/Giant-Man (Hank Pym), and am glad to see Scarlet Witch, along with Quicksilver, getting their due. At some point down the line, if they really wanted to add another female character, perhaps someone like Ms. Marvel or Monica Rambeau/Captain Marvel would be OK, or Dazzler (although she might be part of the X-Men Universe rights-wise). But I would not waste a movie space on Black Widow alone, when “We The People” really would rather see Moon Knight, Black Panther, Dr. Strange, and a few others get up and running. Priorities, I would say, do not run towards BW.

        • If Marvel starts making 3-4 films per year, then a Black Widow film makes sense. No one wants 4 cgi ladened smash em up movies per year. Marvel will need more variety – some horror films, some comedies, tragedies, some fantasy films, some foreign based films, ethnic based, shorts, monster movies, and some films with female leads. Else, the fans will get tired of the product.

    • Yep, this….. All 3 characters are not interesting enough to carry a whole 110 mins of movie by themselves….

  4. I’ve been reading a bunch of Winter Soldier comics lately, and depending how things turn out at the end of this film, I could see them not doing a Black Widow solo, but a Winter Soldier & Black Widow film. They have a lot of similar back story, so you could show flashbacks to their days as Russian agents, and also modern day setting where they are covert SHIELD agents. I know some people think Bucky could eventually suit up as Cap down the line, but this would be a way to expand upon the characters and keep them both for now.

    I know Sebastian Stan has a 9 picture contract, so I think that shows Marvel has some ideas to use him in other capacities than just in Captain America films. I have no idea what Scarlett’s contract situation is like… but I think this would be a better fit than a solo Black Widow film.

    • A Winter Soldier and Black Widow team-up film would be awesome. I love all things Bucky!

    • Not just the Winter Soldier, but Black Widow could also do team up films with Daredevil, Nick Fury, Hawkeye, the Punisher and Mockingbird. She also has a pretty good rogues gallery – the Red Guardian, the KGB/Red Room, the Hand, Black Spectre, and Bullseye.

      Marvel could easily transform the Black Widow into a female version of James Bond. Few remaining untapped Marvel properties have as much potential.

  5. i really like scarlett johansen and she represents a marvel female hero well with her physical
    appearance but if she is getting the rumored 20 million for avengers 2, its time to replace her
    because thats too much money that can be used for special effects and visuals.

    • If Marvel uses Johansen as the lead in team up films that are able to launch less popular marvel characters like Winter Soldier, Daredevil, or Punisher then she is worth 20 million.

      Black Widow espionage films could be the tentpole property used to launch Marvels earth bound characters.

  6. The reality is demographics and money. Sure, I and other fan boys will watch a female lead CBM, but how many other movie goers. Plus, past attempts leave a bad taste to some (Supergirl, Catwoman, Barb Wire, Salt…etc). Not that Marvel would deliver such poor products but the shadow is there. And when you have to invest north of $100 million? Support roles and ensemble pieces are fine. Nobody is screaming for Sony to do Black Cat nor Fox to do Mystique as solo. No reason to hold Marvel to an unprofitable expectation.

    • Good point. Hopefully Wonder Woman and Expendabellas will perform well and change Marvels Mind about a Superhero movie with a female lead.

    • Nope not a good point. Also, not fan boys, fans. Female leads made bank in 2013, hollywood is finally just realizing that women in lead roles makes money, Catching Fire, Frozen, Gravity to name a few big box office smashes. I agree that those past female superhero movies were bad, but not because they were lead by women. Horrible plots for one. People, everyday movie goers, will go see a female lead movie.

  7. Black Widow does not need a solo movie. I mean ScarJo is great as she bring the character to life, but I’m more interested in other female characters. She-Hulk and Spider-Woman could be a stretch but I would love the Wasp, Ms. Marvel or maybe even Spectrum to add some diversity with race and gender. Marvel has said they have ideas for the next seven/eight years so I’m sure it’ll happen but I’m not going to hold my breath. I’m excited to see the Avengers roster expand, but I just hope they use more A-List characters. Black Widow would be more suitable for her own Netflix series. After The Defenders, let’s make that happen.

  8. “… Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which hits U.S. theaters in less than a week.”
    less than a week? i count 12 days until april 4.

  9. Hopefully black widows not that prominent in avengers as opposed to yknow the supers or ultron.

    • Agreed. Marvel’s current track record for villains not named Loki isn’t that good, so hopefully Ultron gets what he is due.

  10. thanks for waking up my family with the volume.

    • Ditto.

  11. Not a huge issue, just a slight complaint. Could you guys set the media players to NOT auto-play? It doesn’t happen on all threads, but when it does it can be quite alarming when it happens.

    • @Teal – That’s not supposed to happen. When it does, please drop us a line using the Contact Us page and let us know which ad and what page you were on so we can take care of it.

      Paul Young

    • I am trying to get the ad companies to always include the ability to mute ads. Some of them have volume controls, but not all. Also trying to get them to turn down the volume.

  12. Unlike Marvel, DC Will have a hard time introducing a female superhero. Even though the hero is Wonder Woman.

  13. It would be cool of Captain Marvel Carol Danvers was in Avengers 2, but despite what some rumors say I don’t think its going to happen yet.