×

Marvel Holding Off on Black Widow Movie, Focuses on ‘Captain Marvel’ Instead

Scarlett Johansson's character to play a major role in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' and future Marvel movies

Black Widow may be one of Marvel Studios’ favorite characters, but the spy, played by Scarlett Johansson, won’t get her own standalone movie anytime soon — at least not within the next five years.

A Black Widow movie was absent from the schedule of films Marvel Studios announced Tuesday during a fan event inside Disney’s El Capitan Theater.

Instead, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige introduced a new title revolving around a female character, “Captain Marvel.”

That film will star a female version of the superhero with the comicbook’s Carol Danvers and her alter ego Ms. Marvel being turned into the bigscreen heroine that Marvel hopes will launch a new franchise on July 6, 2018.

Marvel has yet to cast the role, and no director or writer has been announced.

Captain Marvel” will be Marvel’s first film to star a female character. A member of the United States Air Force, Danvers gains superpowers after her genes are fused with that of the alien race known as the Kree.

“This film has been in the works almost as long as ‘Doctor Strange’ or ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ before it came out, and one of the key things was figuring out what we wanted to do with it,” Feige said. “Her adventures are very earthbound, but her powers are based in the cosmic realm.”

But Marvel still has big plans for Johansson’s Black Widow.The character, who debuted in 2010’s “Iron Man 2,” plays a key role in next summer’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and has her own figure in Disney Infinity 2.0.

“Her part in ‘Age of Ultron’ is very big,” Feige said. “It’s a key part that’s a linchpin to future films.”

In previous interviews Feige had said, “We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from” in “Age of Ultron.” “The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that.”

But while developing that project, Marvel found it would have to fill in her backstory as a Russian spy, which would force Marvel to produce a prequel film, something it hasn’t yet done, Feige said.

Instead, Johansson’s character will continue to be fleshed out in future Marvel movies, with her character playing a large role in sequels leading up to “The Avengers: Infinity War.”

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.”

More Biz

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of

    President Trump Says Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Must Pay for Own Security

    After moving to the U.S. and leaving the royal family behind, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle must now pay for their own security team, according to President Trump. Before recently relocating to the U.S., the couple had been living in Canada under the watch and protection of British security and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. [...]

  • Donald Trump Anthony Fauci

    Trump Boasts of Coronavirus TV Ratings as Fauci Warns: 200,000 People Could Die in U.S.

    UPDATE: President Donald Trump announced in a press conference Sunday afternoon that the country’s social distancing guidelines have been extended to April 30 and that the peak death rate will hit in two weeks. “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory has been won. Therefore we will be extending our guidelines to April [...]

  • Queen Elizabeth

    Queen Elizabeth's Footman Diagnosed with Coronavirus (Report)

    Coronavirus remains firmly in the royal orbit as one of Queen Elizabeth’s footmen has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. The royal footman, who regularly walks the Queen’s dogs and was in regular contact with the monarch, is now in self-isolation after falling ill with coronavirus, according to British tabloid The Sun. The revelation comes just [...]

  • A police line forbids the access

    L.A. County Orders Closure of Beaches and Hiking Trails

    Those hoping to escape to the beach this weekend after being pent up at home are out of luck. On Friday, Los Angeles County ordered the closure of beaches and hiking trails, hoping to avoid the crowds that could cause the spread of the coronavirus. State and local officials had previously ordered the closure of [...]

  • Viacom HQ LA

    ViacomCBS Sets $2.5 Billion Debt Offering as Company Faces Tough Scrutiny

    ViacomCBS has disclosed plans for a $2.5 billion debt offering, an effort that comes as the newly merged company faces tough scrutiny of its growth strategy and balance sheet amid the coronavirus-related economic crisis. ViacomCBS said it would seek to raise $2.5 billion for cash that may be used to help pay down some of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content