Marvel Studios Developing Stand-Alone Black Widow Film for Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson Black Widow

Marvel Studios is developing a film that would revolve around Black Widow, the character played by Scarlett Johansson in the “Iron Man” and “The Avengers” franchises.

Studio president Kevin Feige has long been high on the character even before her role was expanded for April’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” When promoting the homevideo release for “Iron Man 2,” in 2010, he said, “We’ve already started discussions with Scarlett (Johansson) about the idea of a solo movie and have begun putting together concepts, but ‘The Avengers’ comes first.”

But Feige is once again discussing the prospects for a Black Widow film now that “The Winter Soldier” is about to be released on April 4.

“We wanted to change the dynamic of the cinematic universe with this film,” Feige told Total Film magazine in a new interview about the “Captain America” sequel. “We wanted Cap and really the entire cinematic universe to be very different at the end of ‘Winter Soldier’ than it is at the beginning.”

According to Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, Black Widow’s storyline in “The Winter Soldier” revolves around “her coming to terms with her history, that she’s been a spy, and spies aren’t necessarily trustworthy,” he told Total Film.

That will be further explored in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” out in 2015. Film starts production in March.

“(Black) Widow’s part in that is very big,” Feige said. “We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that. When we meet the Avengers at the top of ‘Age of Ultron,’ it’s a very different landscape than we left them at the end of the first film. Partially, that’s because we love the rhythm that the comicbooks have developed — each of the characters appear in their runs, occasionally they get together for a big event or crossover series, they part again, and then they come back together again.”

It’s unclear whether Marvel hopes to have a Black Widow movie become part of its third phase of films, which so far includes “Ant-Man,” “Doctor Strange” and the third installments of “The Avengers” and “Captain America.”

Phase two includes “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

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  1. Virginia Cerezo says:

    Thank God!

  2. Kimmy says:

    FINALLY! I’ve been wanting a Black Widow movie. Such a good chracter, and Scarlett plays her perfectly. The movie should be awesome.

  3. Brandon says:

    If they do, I hope it would answer the whole “What happened in Budapest” thing. :)

  4. adi182 says:

    This doesn’t confirm a Blackwidow movie at all. it’s just snippets of other stories.

  5. Amy says:

    am I the only one that finds it a bit sad that Marvel is apparently going to make a Black Widow movie before Warner Bros/DC make a Wonder Woman one? not to knock the actor or character but Black Widow has always been a 2nd stringer as far as characters go, Wonder Woman is literally one of DC’s big 3 behind Superman and Batman

  6. bigsisdude says:

    I really hope they do make a Black Widow movie. I NEED an awesome female super hero! I have read little snipets about her in the comics and they could have made her character much more intresting in avengers, like not just the eye candy. In cap 2 she probably will just be a sidekick, but i still can’t wait to see her in it. In Avengers 2 she is supposed to be in it more. So if she had big parts in those 2 films surely lots of people would want to see a Black widow movie. If there is one i hope halkeye is in it- he just walked around possesed in Avengers so it would be great if he was in another film so people would like him better for Avengers 2. :)

  7. Cannot wait. Scarlett is a strong actress and Black Widow is a great icon to finally help bring justice to female superheroes. This will be amazing. Go Marvel.

  8. vincent says:

    horrid decision.

  9. krayzezeman says:

    If they’re gonna do a Black Widow movie they better have Hawkeye as the 2nd lead. Black Widow doesn’t even need to be a blockbuster $200 million summer film. Keep the it simple because they don’t have super powers. I like the idea…

  10. The Kingslayer says:

    Why? The character really isn’t that interesting, tbh she’s nothing more than eye candy. Marvel should focus on trying to get a Mrs Marvel movie off of the ground.

    • Truth says:

      You mean she’s not interesting to you. For a lot of people they can see her potential, and all the interesting things she can contribute. She is definitely more than “eye candy”. She has interesting background, she can handle herself, and she even tricked Loki, the God of Lies. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean others can’t

  11. R.G. says:

    as for the black widow not every story line needs to be explore….as far as this winter soldier story bucky’s story line was completely forgotten in the movie he was never cap’s side kick just his friend buffing him up to be this great villain seems kind of weak…to me…I am going to take a pass on this film R.G.

  12. Greenlite says:

    Feige actually replied they have “some” development for BW in the latest interview, and Avengers etc comes first, which usually means no they are not “developing” a BW movie but ya twist my words and make a headline with that.

  13. Dean says:

    Will probably suck…

  14. John says:

    Marvel has been “developing” a Black Widow movie for five years…

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