Marvel 'Committed' to Having a Black Widow Standalone Film

The studio's president Kevin Feige thinks it would be 'fun' to turn 'The Avengers' character into a standalone franchise.

AceShowbiz - A poll conducted by revealed that almost half of "Captain America: Civil War" audience wants Black Widow to have her solo movie. Marvel Studios has just taken a tiny step towards making it happen.

The studio head Kevin Feige said they're "committed" to a standalone Black Widow movie and it's likely that the pic will be part of Phase 4. While talking to Deadline about "Civil War", Feige was asked about the potential of "Avengers" characters such as Falcon, War Machine, Black Widow and Hawkeye getting their own spotlight.

He replied, "We've announced the next nine movies, ten counting 'Civil War', through the end of 2019. Where we go beyond that are ongoing discussions that we'll focus on in the next few years because we have a lot to do before then. Of the characters that you've just mentioned I would say certainly the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow."

Feige added, "We think she's an amazing character. We think Scarlett Johansson's portrayal of her is amazing. She's a lead Avenger and has amazing stories in her own right to tell that we think would be fun to turn into a standalone franchise."

The interest of having a "Black Widow" film has gone way back since she appeared in 2010's "Iron Man 2". Two years later, Johansson said she and Marvel Studios had "spoken a lot" about developing a film that followed the heroine's origin in Russia. "It's just steeped in history and the richness to shoot in Russia, perhaps... I hope that the fans' voice is loud enough and they want to see a Widow origin story, I know Marvel would be happy to entertain that. We've spoken a lot about it," she said at that time.

Feige has indeed been talking about making the Natasha Romanoff-centric film but no formal announcement has ever been made. He said once that the Black Widow movie was planned to go after 2012's "The Avengers" but with all other characters taking over the studio's schedule, it looks like the film will only arrive beyond 2019 along with "Guardians of the Galaxy 3".

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