‘Black Widow’ May Not Be Marvel’s First Female Superhero Movie; ‘Captain Marvel’ to Come First?
Last month, Marvel head Kevin Feige confirmed development on a solo 'Black Widow' movie, but just a few weeks after that, Scarlett Johansson announced she was pregnant with her first child. While her 'Avengers 2' schedule was accelerated to avoid any conflict, it may impact any plans for the 'Black Widow' movie. Now, Marvel says they "don't know" if or when the movie will come out and that another female superhero could beat her to the punch.
Badass Digest caught up with Feige and pressed him on the need for a solo female superhero movie, specifically a 'Black Widow' movie, and Feige seems to have softened his stance:
The answer is: I don’t know. We only do two a year, we know more or less what’s coming up through [2016 and 2017]. With Widow what’s great is the interaction with all the team members, and the question is whether we want to pluck her out of that.
If Feige doesn't know when a 'Black Widow' movie will happen and he knows what's happening through 2017, that means that a 'Black Widow' movie is at least four years away (if it ever happens). His last quote about whether or not they want to pluck her out of the team movies, indicates they may be having second thoughts on how to make her character work.
And, that's OK. While we'd be disappointed, we can understand the difficulties in taking a largely supporting character and trying to adapt that character for a standalone movie. We think it's important for Marvel to continue to diversity and support strong female characters, but maybe it's just not working for Black Widow.
Which leads up to another female superhero: Captain Marvel.
We've heard rumors about a Captain Marvel appearance in 'Avengers 2' and Badass prodded Feige about the character, who said, "We’ve talked a lot about [Captain Marvel]. I think that would be very cool."
Now, just because she appears in 'Avengers 2' does not mean she'll automatically get her own movie, but Feige seems to have sparked to her in a way he didn't with Black Widow. If they're developing Captain Marvel (whether it be the Carol Danvers or Kamala Khan iterations) in 'Avengers 2' it may be because they know she can support her own movie. Black Widow was introduced as a supporting role in 'Iron Man 2' and Marvel may not have had much planned for her when she was introduced. Feige said, "I like the idea if we’re going to do a [female lead] do a new one. Do a wholly new character, do an origin story," which makes us think it's easier for them to plan the origin story instead of dealing with Black Widow, who we know all-too-well at this point.
What do you think? If you had to pick one female Marvel superhero to get her own movie, who would it be? Why?