Many #Marvel fans want to see Black Widow and #Hawkeye helm their own big-screen adventure. Even the man who plays Hawkeye in the MCU, Jeremy Renner, is hoping it will happen. If we're lucky enough to see this become a reality, the real question we should be asking is: Should a Black Widow/Hawkeye team-up film follow Marvel Studios’ current cinematic template?
Iron Man, Ant-Man, #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy and #TheAvengers are known for their fun, action-packed and comedic atmosphere. If a Black Widow/Hawkeye movie is made, should it follow this #MCU recurring theme or take on a more serious tone?
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The Argument For Yes, It Should Be Funny, Light And Fun.
It’s a solid point and even movies that have slightly steered away from the template, like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, have been financially successful and well-received by critics and fans.
The Winter Soldier could itself act as a template for a #BlackWidow/Hawkeye movie and the studio would already have the perfect directors and screenwriters for the film, the Russo brothers with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, respectively.
The directors/screenwriters group have shown they can handle such a project with their work on The Winter Soldier, and Civil War. Next year they're on track to do the same once again when they hit the silver screen with #AvengersInfinityWar.
Even other movies outside of Marvel follow a similar template and have garnered great success, like the #MissionImpossible franchise.
So how can ignoring the formula make for a better Black Widow/Hawkeye movie?
The Argument For No, Give Us Something Different And Serious
Kevin Feige has stated that after Avengers 3 and 4, big colossal multi-hero movies might go on break. It makes sense, since getting bigger and bigger after each movie would eventually make the bubble burst.
A Black Widow/Hawkeye movie would take the focus off of super-powered individuals and bring more attention to regular human characters and their unique set of skills in the MCU.
We’ve already seen what Marvel Studios can do with gods, superhumans and armored flying suits, so imagine what they can do with the MCU version of Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Putting aside the Marvel template means that a spy film akin to Mission Impossible is no game, with a more serious approach like the #JasonBourne movies. But a Black Widow/Hawkeye solo film doesn’t need to follow the steps of Bourne or #JamesBond to feel different.
For example, 2016's The Accountant was a fresh iteration of the spy film, giving us great action on top of a new, fascinating story. A film very different from other recent entries in the genre.
But we don’t even have to look far from the #superheroes genre to look at what a grounded spy comic book film can feel like. Christopher Nolan’s #Batman trilogy is a perfect example of what a Black Widow/Hawkeye movie could feel like.
If Marvel Studios takes a new approach with their Phase 4 set of films, then if a Black Widow/Hawkeye movie is in the works it could become their biggest and most unique film yet.
Best Of Both Worlds: Fun And Serious
The Daniel Craig entries of the James Bond franchise is a perfect example that humor and sophistication can mingle. You can have great story with meaning, while at the same time having a little of Marvel’s fun comedic template.
A good example of this is 2015’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The film took a more comedic approach than Skyfall or Spectre, and though it carried more humor the tension and overall message the story conveyed was present in the film.
So, it’s a matter of balance.
We can have a Black Widow/Hawkeye movie that is still funny and light at moments with an overall story and atmosphere that feels like Nolan’s Batman, Skyfall or #TheAccountant.
If such a film simply follows the Marvel template, by no means will it be a bad movie, but it would lose its greatest opportunity, which is the chance to be something uniquely different in the MCU.
Would you like to see a Black Widow/Hawkeye movie in the style of Skyfall, The Dark Knight or The Accountant? Let me know in the comments.