Nerd Media has been abuzz recently over the possibility of a standalone Black Widow film. Not so much because of the popularity of the character, but because it will be the first time a female Marvel hero stars in her own film, something fans have been waiting for ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it was created.
But despite what Marvel Studios and president Kevin Feige have said in the past about the project–it now seems that they may be considering a new direction regarding the studio’s first superheroine flick:
Feige has previously called a Black Widow movie a “great” idea, and claimed the studio has:
…various outlines and ideas of where to take that.
However, in a more recent conversation with Badass Digest, the Marvel Studios prez seems to be wondering if perhaps she’s better off remaining as a member of an ensemble:
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. I’m very proud of the way the Marvel movies handle the female characters who are in all the movies we are making, as opposed to feeling the pressure of ‘When are you doing a female movie?’ We’re exploring a lot of Widow, and that’s going to continue with Age of Ultron in a big way.
Frankly if we do a Black Widow movie after Age of Ultron, when she’s been central in three or four movies I don’t think we’d get the quote unquote credit for it. People would say ‘She’s already a big giant superhero!’ But if we had a great idea, we’d do it.
You’re saying she’s TOO popular for a standalone movie? What does that even mean?
But I digress–this was supposed to kinda be about a Captain Marvel film, right?
Okay, here’s what Feige had to say about doing a film based around a superheroine–and the idea of making that heroine specifically Captain Marvel:
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…
We’ve talked a lot about [Captain Marvel]. I think that would be very cool.
Great…except I would wager EVERY reporter who has interviewed Feige–especially those that are fans of the genre–has asked him when a movie for their favorite not-yet-filmed Marvel character will be made, and I’ll bet the response is invariably:
We’ve talked a lot about [INSERT CHARACTER ]. I think that would be very cool.
Not to suggest Feige is full of it–just saying that Marvel Studios is assuredly discussing dozens, if not hundreds of potential projects.
If it means anything, unnamed sources have apparently informed Badass Digest that:
…we will see an iteration of Captain Marvel onscreen by 2016 – either at the end of Phase Two or the beginning of Phase Three – in another Marvel movie.
There has also been word that a Captain Marvel script exists. Oh, and it would seem to be the Carol Danvers/Ms. Marvel version–in case you were wondering which of the half dozen or so Captain Marvels we’ve been talking about.