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Marvel Has Plans for Black Widow, Hawkeye & Ant-Man

Black Wido from Comic

Not long after Iron Man 2 hit theaters in 2010, Marvel Studios’ President of Production, Kevin Feige, revealed during a press conference that Marvel was chatting with Scarlett Johansson to develop concepts for a potential Black Widow spin-off film.

Black Widow of course, is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent first introduced in Iron Man 2 who appears in a more prominent role in The Avengers this week. With the character’s profile and popularity increasing as a result, there’s an even greater chance of a Black Widow solo film becoming a reality alongside additional confirmed “appearances.”

It’s not only the sexy Russian spy who has solo film potential, but Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye character (and Black Widow’s partner) as well. Renner of course, is a hot ticket in Hollywood and was highly sought after to not only take over the Mission: Impossible franchise from Tom Cruise, but to continue the Jason Bourne series as a replacement for Matt Damon’s titular character. Hawkeye had a cameo appearance in Thor and plays an important member on The Avengers roster alongside Black Widow – both lack superpowers, both have elite military training, and both characters are being explored by Marvel Studios as potential stars of their own spin-off movies.

Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in The Avengers

Johansson & Renner

In chatting with Movieline during The Avengers press tour, Feige addressed the potential of the studio exploring more of Black Widow’s story and whether or not the character could earn her own solo film among Marvel’s packed slate.

“Well, I think you saw it in Avengers. I think that’s one of the many amazing things Joss Whedon can do. I think people are going to be surprised by how powerful Scarlett is in this movie, and how evolved her role is. We have already planned her next appearances and where to take that character because we believe in it and we believe in her in a big, big way. When will there be a standalone? Both is what we’re heading toward. A lot of it is that we’re only going to make two movies a year, maybe sometimes it’ll be one movie a year like this year, maybe someday it’ll be three movies a year just depending on what comes together. But really, it’s two movies. So there’s kind of a backup on the runway right now in terms of when can something go. We do like when some of the characters appear in other people’s movies.”

Marvel Studios is making each and every film to serve a greater purpose as a device to introduce and expand the franchise or to make bank at the box office. A Black Widow film would need to somehow tie into an Avengers sequel or with the widely talked about SHIELD movie, so it’s more likely that a SHIELD-centric story will be where characters including Black Widow and Hawkeye would get their own adventures and more screentime.

If Black Widow and/or Hawkeye is to have their own stories told, it makes the most sense to push ahead with a SHIELD film that could focus on them, their partnership and histories, and it could work to setup The Avengers sequel. Such a film would fit very well alongside Captain America 2 (and Ant-Man) in 2014.

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2 Responses to Marvel Has Plans for Black Widow, Hawkeye & Ant-Man

  1. Jimmy

    May 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I think they can expand their production too, if the movies are good, they will get a non-movie going crowd. this they did not calculate for. it’s getting easier for them to make good movies. These guys made really good movies. It’s strange, but they have a potency they can draw from, it’s nostalgia and it’s depth. Once they tap the vein, they have good digging.

  2. Jimmy

    May 24, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    For Avengers 2 to be where it needs to be, They need Pym. He ties hawkeye into the mix. Joss did a great job getting the character to have potency. Pym is almost the central cog. He’s the human antithesis. you don’t want “realism” to take the theme. they did the realism. the point is not to be real it’s to be unreal. Pym is comic book. he’s like hawkeye’s buddy. They can go a step into more unreality. It seems they want to go the other way. Once they open pandoras box, they can do anything.. and they have. it’s open. they just have to believe.