We’re now half-way through Marvel’s Cinematic Universe with the release of Disney and Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War – the latest in the string of remarkable box office achievements under the helm of Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. With nine more movies to launch until 2019, one may wonder, what’s next with our comic book superheroes?
Perhaps in response to the clamor of fans, or simply with regards to the wealth of back stories that can be explored, Feige, in a recent interview with Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming, revealed that the stealthy Russian Avenger will get her own spin-off and that plans are on its way to give her time on the spotlight. Here’s what the Marvel Studio exec has to say:
Deadline.com: You’ve got a bunch of characters in this movie from Falcon and War Machine and Black Widow and Hawkeye, who have so far guest starred in movies with another characters title above the fold. Is there one destined to get a solo movie down the line?
Feige: 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.
Fans will surely welcome this stand-alone project for the lead Avenger. Johansson’s Black Widow may not be the most flashy, high-powered member among the superhero squad, but her resilience and story of personal redemption from a lone spy and assassin to a highly principled member of the Avengers next only to Cap, shows a lot of back story potential that the audience will surely love to see.
In the meantime, you can still catch Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) as she struggles to make sense of the conflict that is ripping her team apart in Captain America: Civil War which is now showing in US theaters. It will be followed by Doctor Strange in November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017; Black Panther on February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 on May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 on May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.