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Some lucky so and so's have already gotten their chance to see Avengers: Age of Ultron at press screenings and one thing that stood out amidst all the early huzzahs on various Twitter accounts and post-movie geekgasms was the overabundance of Black Widow praise. If there's one thing that everyone seemed to agree upon it's that Black Widow comes away from Avengers 2 as having kicked the most serious amount of ass and that Hawkeye gets the best line in the movie.

Future of Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow supremacy in Avengers 2 has reignited talk about the possibility of her character getting her own standalone movie. It definitely seems like Joss Whedon is leaving his mark on the Marvel universe in what might be his final outing as writer and director - at least for the foreseeable future. From all the early reports, it seems like he has made a point to do two things with Avengers: Age of Ultron - make up for the lack of Hawkeye in the first Avengers movie and turn Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow into the breakout star the character has been threatening to be since Iron-Man 2.

Can Black Widow break free from the Avengers?
Can Black Widow break free from the Avengers?

In talking to the press about the possibility of a Black Widow movie, Scarlett Johansson revealed some insight into the shadowy world of the Marvel contract business. I wrote about the current state of things for the main Avengers players here - and as suspected, Scarlett Johansson's contract is morphs from movie to movie in a way that most of the others don't. Collider reports:

“My contract has changed. Marvel and myself didn’t really know how the fans were gonna react to Black Widow the first time and how she was gonna be—they couldn’t anticipate how they would want to use her or if they would want to use her. I mean we invested in that character, but the audience had a great reaction to the character, which has been so awesome. For instance, I wasn’t contracted into doing Cap movies, but that storyline worked out so well I kind of branched off and I found myself in that standalone movie. My contract is kind of mutating, I guess [laughs] or morphed to fit the demand of the character.”

Scarlett Johansson also revealed that she has had conversations with Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige about a possible series of Black Widow movies - similar to the kind of arc that characters like Thor and Captain America have had. And it seems like Avengers 2 could very well be seeing female superhero maestro Joss Whedon setting the stage for Marvel to finally make their move if the early reports prove true and the demand arrives.

Black Widow & The Hulk

If Marvel decides that Black Widow is best kept as an ace up the sleeve in a supporting character role, it could also be that plans are brewing for her to appear in a future standalone Hulk movie. This would seem to be trickier than other plans given the current state of the rights to the Hulk character. But there's no doubt that the movie is setting up a serious relationship between Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanova and Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner.

Or perhaps getting the character of Hulk to feature prominently in a Black Widow movie is the easier way for Marvel to get that character back in action if Universal holds the rights to Hulk's solo adventures? Will we be seeing the end of their relationship in Avengers: Age of Ultron, or is Marvel looking to the future for the Avengers characters that aren't on the last movies of their contract?

Even if Avengers 2 will be making Black Widow the standout star of the movie, we know that [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409) will be throwing all kinds of wrenches in the works for any and all of the characters playing a role in that epic. And at this point it seems like every character that doesn't have their own current series is scheduled to appear in Captain America 3. We'll have to wait and see what the state of affairs is for Black Widow after the Civil War to get a better sense of what Marvel has in store for Scarlett Johansson's character.

What do you think? Should Marvel step up with characters like Black Widow and Hawkeye after [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035)? Should Black Widow & Hulk get their own spin-off? Will we have to wait until after the Avengers: Infinity Wars movies? Head to the comments section below, dear reader!


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