As one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also one of the most badass, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow once again formed a critical and key part of Captain America: Civil War. But the long-gestating unrest regarding the failure of Marvel to give her the solo film she deserves may finally resolved – at least if Kevin Feige has anything to do with it.
Talking to Deadline about Civil War, Feige affirmed his desire to give Black Widow a solo film, but did specify that “it won’t happen before the current run of films is complete in 2019.” Feige also admitted “ongoing discussions” had not led to any firm decisions being made yet, but he was eager to give the “lead Avenger” a chance in the spotlight saying that they were “creatively and emotionally” committed to Black Widow. Feige also praised Johansson’s portrayal of Black Widow as “amazing” and suggested she “has amazing stories to tell in her own right.”
Feige was also asked about the possibility of Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk getting another solo movie, with the last effort to do so being in 2008. Although the green brute will be starring alongside Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok, due out next July, it doesn’t appear he will be getting a solo film any time soon, with Feige citing “contractual things” that he was not “entirely attuned to,” as the cause. He didn’t rule out the prospect altogether, but did warn that it would need “Disney and Universal to reach an agreement to allow Marvel to do a stand-alone Hulk film for Disney.”
For fans of the franchise, this news will be welcome, but also a bit too late. Black Widow is such an awesome character with so many brilliant plot strands, and a solo film, which will hopefully explore some of these in greater light, simply can’t come soon enough.