Marvel has confirmed a "Black Widow" solo film is in "development".
While this may excite those yearning to see more of Scarlett Johansson's character or to see a female-driven superhero movie finally done by Marvel, you may want to lower your immediate expectations.
While the Big Enchilada of Marvel Studios,Kevin Feige, has made it clear he has big plans for the Black Widow onscreen, his "confirmation" about a possible solo film for the raven-haired, black-leather-clad character in an interview with "Total Film" was definitely..vague.
Here's the full quote:
"We start filming the next Avengers film at the end of March,” said Feige. “Widow’s part in that is very big. We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from.” This in itself is intriguing, since over the course of Iron Man 2 and Avengers all we really learned about the character was that she was sort of Russian, maybe. (The character in the comics was originally a Russian spy.) But Feige also teases the ambient possibility of a standalone Widow film: “The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that.”
Now, Marvel has probably entertained the "notion" and done "some development work" with scores of characters in their library. Heck, they've probably done "some development work for "Night Thrasher" and "Darkhawk" films at this point.
However, unlike those two characters and many others, Marvel has made an obvious attempt to make the character a major player in The Marvel Cinematic Universe.
First, they introduced her in the much-anticipated first sequel to their most popular - by far - solo franchise in "Iron Man 2". Then, they had her in an important role in "Marvel's The Avengers", which was a true phenomennon. Now, trailers for the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" seem to promise a lot of screen time for the character.
Which means a "Black Widow" film seems almost inevitable at some point. Soon.
What do you all think?