Kevin Feige Talks Black Widow’s Role in ‘Avengers 2′ & Her Eventual Solo Movie

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Scarlet Johannson as Black Widow Kevin Feige Talks Black Widows Role in Avengers 2 & Her Eventual Solo Movie

Considering the expansiveness of Marvel’s cinematic universe, it’s unfortunate that there hasn’t been a single film with a woman as the lead character. We’re talking about nine films with men in most (if not all) the lead roles.

If Marvel is looking to change this and change it fast, there’s really only one female character with a large enough profile to carry her own film: Scarlet Johannson’s Black Widow. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will mark Black Widow’s third appearance in a Marvel film. For comparison, she equals Cap and Thor for number of appearances and is only surpassed by Iron Man, but is the only one of the four to not have her own film.

While promoting Captain America 2 to Total Film, Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige discussed Black Widow’s role in the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron and indicated that a solo film is still in the cards – eventually.

“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.”

So, not really any new developments on the solo film front, but it’s uplifting news to hear her role in Avengers 2 will be even larger than in The Avengers. It’s also something writer/director Joss Whedon has mentioned before.

As far back as Iron Man 2, there’s been discussion of Black Widow getting a solo film. And after Scarlet Johannson’s sensational return in The Avengers, where she was the sole woman on the team, talk of a Black Widow film only increased.

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Johannson’s performance as Black Widow only improved from Iron Man 2 to the The Avengers where she perfected Natasha’s sly humor and killer moves. Just rewatch her introductory scene in The Avengers and you’ll get an idea of how fantastic a Black Widow film could be.

Back to The Winter Soldier – Feige remarked on how the film will significantly alter the current landscape of the MCU, a trend that will continue with The Avengers 2.

“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 first 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.”

Judging from the ominous tone coming from The Winter Soldier‘s teasers and trailers, it would be a good guess that one of these changes will be the Avengers’ relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. Even in previews, the tension between Cap and Nick Fury is palpable.

Black Widow and Winter Soldier Kevin Feige Talks Black Widows Role in Avengers 2 & Her Eventual Solo Movie

But what of Black Widow? Keeping in mind her history with the Winter Soldier, she will no doubt face some tough situations in Captain America 2. And if Natasha’s past is further explored in The Avengers 2, the character will be primed to star in her own film – and Phase Three would be as good a time as any for that to happen. Unfortunately, judging from the fact that there’s only been “some development” on a Black Widow film, that might be asking for too much too soon.

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Is a Black Widow solo film something you want to see? And soon? Let us know in the comments below!

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theatres April 4th. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1st, 2015.

Source: Total Film (via CBM)

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  1. If post credit scenes and the upcoming Captain America II are counted, Nick Fury has the most MCU appearances with six.

    • Wat abt Nick Coulson ?

  2. I’m all for movies being made but I’d rather have a Scarlet Witch if they are going to use a female they already have, or even Ms. Marvel when they introduce her.

  3. This seems like it could be a lower budget espionage/assassin type flick instead of the massive blockbuster. Could be fun, but I’m not real interested.

    If it was out, I’d wait till it was on blu-ray. Her character, to me, simply isn’t as fun and exciting without the others to contrast against.

    • Exactly, if BW is cast as an assassin in a slasher /horror, espionage/spy film released in Late Oct/ Halloween weekend this film would be a ‘massive blockbuster’. It could do 60 Mil+ the opening weekend and if the budget is kept in the 65-75 Mil range.

      • That’s a freakishly good idea, methinks. With a good story and the right director, a lower-budget Black Widow film could be fantastic, and a Halloween release could be marketed exceptionally well.

        • DO YOU EVEN KNOW HER BACK STORY??????? LOWER BUDGET??? They are going to have to dial almost everything down to make it PG13! She was turned into an assassin when she was about FIVE. Do you even know what the Red Room is, or who Ivan Petrovitch is?????? She has the biggest back story out of all of the Avengers!!!! And, to leonardbast77, YOU CAN’T HAVE A BLACK WIDOW MOVIE WITHOUT HAWKEYE AND SHIELD!!!!!!!!!!!!! And to any hardcore fans out there, who else cried when the said Romanoff, Natalia Alianovna in Cap 2? Because I was silently having a fit. It’s her American alias last name, with her given first and middle name. WTF!!!

  4. I’d be down for a Black Widow film IF it also featured Hawkeye and perhaps introduced Mockingbird. and some SHIELD involvement would be cool, too. heck, even make it a crossover event with Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Perhaps introduce the character of Carol Danvers (Marvel should really introduce her before X-Men does). Make Danvers a SHIELD agent like her Ultimates version.

    But if I were to vote for a solo female Avenger film, it would be for the most interesting of them all: She-Hulk! Casting: Lucy Lawless as She-Hulk! (the green make-up will help hide her age)

    • X-Men are a part of Marvel only

  5. I would personally prefer they stop doing as many stand alone movies and do more ensemble movies.

    So sure, a movie prominently featuring Black Widow, but throw in Hawkeye and maybe a few others and make it more of a SHIELD movie.

    I’d like to see these characters together outside of a full team up. They should do more crossover level films that aren’t full on Avengers team up style films.

  6. YES!!!!

    I have seen a number of Asian slasher/spy movies but can’t remember one made in the States. Hopefully, a Black Widow film would lead to a Widow Maker movie, which would lead to a Hawkeye / Mockingbird Mr. and Mrs. Smith type film.

  7. A team up with Black Widow, Falcon, Hawkeye, and the Winter Soldier would be epic!
    There are all sorts of spy/black ops stuff Marvel could do

    • Actually, Marvel could use Black Widow in a Death of Captain America story arc with Falcon and Winter Soldier.

      In S.H.I.E.L.D team-ups vs. the Dark Ocean Society with Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Fantasia and Dominic Fortune.

      And she can also use her as an assassin in solo slasher films where she hunts down a rapist / serial killer that has raped & murdered a female S.H.I.E.L.D agent.

      If Marvel wants to make darker slasher films, then Black Widow is the character should be featured as the prime anti-hero. She is the perfect hero for a slasher movie because most of the villains in her rouges gallery (minus Iron Maiden) use some type of blade as their primary weapon – The Hand, Dark ocean society, the Swordsman, Black Spectre.

      • Why does this guy have to be a rapist? Remember that this is disney here. Rape as a plot point to give female (or male) characters motive is disgusting and misogynistic.

        • You are right

  8. lol @ solo film.

    They might as well give a solo to Pepper Pots while they’re at it.

    • You’re comparing Black Widow to Pepper Potts? That makes total sense…

      • My sentiments exactly. Yes, Pepper is totally awesome, but she isn’t an Avenger. She doesn’t have a huge backstory, she can’t fight, and she isn’t BLACK WIDOW!!!!! See previous comment on John/ Becton_d/ J83. I rant. A lot.

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  10. Just because there’s not a solo movie with a woman in the lead, that doesn’t mean there has to be one. If the story asks for it then sure bring it on but from what we have seen so far, there’s no need for one. I’d rather Marvel introduced other female characters such as Miss Marvel.

    • Um, because this is 2014 and no female superhero movies have been made by marvel. When women are half the readers, audience, and people in the world. Remember they create the story, so this defence is useless, its the story they are creating for their phases. And there is an abundance of superheroins that marvel owns the rights to that would fit very well with the other movies they are making, such as captain marvel to guardians of the galaxy.

      • @ Lily…

        Gotta disagree…Women being half the readers? I’m not sure that is true about the comics. Also, I believe data shows that there are more men in the world than women. As far as half the audience? Not fair to just state opinions as though they are fact.

        Either way, I don’t mind solo women hero movies either but I don’t think black Widow deserves it. There are other characters in the Marvel universe who would make a better solo movie (Scarlet Witch, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Dagger, Medusa, Crystal,

        • @clay these aren’t opinions, maybe the readers part was wrong, but they defiantly have big female reader audience that is always ignored. women are over half the population, and yes over half the audience but we never get female lead films. The audience data comes from general movies, not specifically marvel, but marvel comics adaptation movies do have a lot of movies that make the list of top 25 movies of the year. Men make up 35% of the cinema audience and 84% of the main characters of the 25 biggest movies of the year.

          • Agree about having a big female audience. I frequent the Comic shops twice a month and there are always women or girls looking for comics. Heck, one of the owners is a woman. however, from my experience, men always outnumber the women. Most women I do see are girlfriends of the guys going in. I’m actually going today and I will make a mental note to think about it.

            As far as population, men outnumber women in the world.

            As for the data you gave about women outnumbering men at the theatre. Where did you get it? It would be an interesting read. If true, could be that men usually don’t go to movies with just another guy but in groups of guys. I think there is a slight stigma on 2 men going to a movie together compared to 2 girls. Could also be cause generally guys like a lot more action shoot em up movies that don’t make top 25 whereas well written dramas may attract more women. Not sure if accurate but Just an observation.

  11. i will only except this as marvel female lead movie as long as hawkeye is in it,
    he really needs to be in something…
    i hope marvel planns more females, especially ms marvel.
    i think that movie would do well just based on the name lol.

  12. Sorry but Black Widow is not Marvel’s biggest female character. STORM is the most powerful female in Marvel’s lineup yet her character has been grossly ignored for years of Marvel moving making. Storm’s character could have tons of material that would be perfect for a solo film..Forget about Halle Berry’s awful casting and just see the character for the potential it has. A Storm solo film could use Africa as the back drop while bringing in The Black Panther as well.

    • In the comics Black Widow has a better group of villains trying to kill her, sometimes with movies its a good idea to cast heroes have also have great villains that go along with them.

      I see comments saying a Captain Marvel movie should be the first female character, but doesn’t Sony owe the rights to most of her rogues gallery? What Captain Marvel comic stories do you think would make a great solo movie? I can think of 2-3 BW stories that would make great solo movies.

      • Oops, I meant Fox not Sony, Rogue (Brotherhood of Evil Mutants) were Captain Marvels prime enemies and they are outside of the MCU.

        • I personally would like an origins story for captain marvel, and then she could fit well into the avengers 3. Or I was thinking that after the success of the new ms. marvel with kamala khan, she could be introduced in Agents of SHIELD.

          • I agree, Avengers 3 would be the best movie to do a Carol Danvers to Ms.Marvel origin story, but I read that she and Mar-Vell would be introduced in AOU.

            Thanks for reminding me to get the new Ms.Marvel comic!

    • I’d love for a younger, re-cast Storm to appear in future X-Men films: maybe Apocalypse will have room for her if its set in the 80s?

      As much as Cyclops also needs to get some real development, Storm is a more striking, interesting cinematic character, I think. They need to make her edgier than the Halle Berry version, though.

      Pity that the studio/rights divide keeps Storm and Black Panther from coexisting in film at this point.

  13. Didn’t Avengers AoU start filming already?

    Why did Fiege say that it films it March?

  14. I just watched the leaked age of Ultron teaser trailer, it looks good, I was a big fan of the first movie.

    I watched the leaked trailer here in case anyone was wondering http://watchavengersageofultron.blogspot.ca/2014/02/watch-avengers-age-of-ultron.html

    • hey george how did you get a teaser trailer before they began filming?…call Marty and bring the Delorean ok thanks!!

  15. I am very happy with this, as long as it actually fits into the MCU and actually affects the plot and story lines of future movies, and not just a random token movie. I love black widow, and hope they can also make a captain marvel film very soon. I phase 3 is announced with out any female lead movies, they will be in trouble.

  16. Puh-lease! There’s no need for a solo film of this character. Believe me, Scar Jo can’t and won’t be able to carry the film alone. This movie would just be a huge disappointment in the box office. Remember, Elektra? Disney/Marvel could be really lame with their decisions. They have a plethora of amazing characters, but NOOOO they’d rather make films for popular Hollywood actors whose roles aren’t even that interesting. Seriously, I’m still waiting for a Black Widow comic make a decent killing. Rubbish, Disney/Marvel! I’d expect better, if not the best from you. You already made an IRREPARABLE mistake with Iron Man 3. It rivals the mess made by Joel Schumacher with Batman. Good thing, RDJ single-handedly saved that film.

    • First of all, what’s wrong with Iron Man 3??? And also, “WHOSE ROLES AREN’T EVEN THAT INTERESTING,”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you know her back story, or Hawkeye’s? Do your research before you come dumping on two really awesome (and interesting) characters.

  17. I’m down for a movie with Black Widow as the lead – but not a Black Widow movie. Make sense? I want Hawkeye as the number 2, Maria Hill running the shots from the Helicarrier, and possibly even Winter Soldier & Falcon running amok. I’m down!

  18. I love Scar-Jo as Black Widow and I think a movie with her and hawkeye could really work plus it could be done cheaply. Personally, though, if rather see Ms. Marvel played by Yvonne Strahovsky

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  20. Honestly I don’t think she can carry a solo film. Look they are diving into her past in winter soldier and avengers 2. If they want to use a female hero use ms. Marvel or heck use spiderwoman and have them introduce S.W.O.R.D

    • Yeah… they didn’t. They said they would, but you literally just got: serious trust issues, KGB, Russian (already known), can’t wear bikinis, living in lies is a good way not to die. THAT’S CRUD (I can’t swear), and Marvel knows it. It was a good movie and she was really badass, but there wasn’t even a mention of her h*llhole we call a childhood.

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