Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was recently courted by Deadline, and has revealed a host of interesting information—including the likelihood of a Black Widow solo film. The interview, released on the day of Captain America: Civil War‘s release, touched on hot topics such as the controversial casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange, the importance of inclusion and diversity, and Spider-Man’s introduction to the MCU.
The mention of a Black Widow standalone movie is what piqued our interest most, however. When asked about the characters in Civil War who have yet to receive the solo film treatment (Falcon, War Machine, Black Widow, and Hawkeye were the names referenced), Feige responded:
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.
It’s not much, but it’s certainly an improvement. Feige’s attitude definitely seems to have shifted from simply wanting to make the movie to actively working on making it a reality. (Check out our piece about Feige’s wishy-washy stance on a solo Widow film here.) In this interview, he followed-up by saying:
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.
It’s nice to see Feige acknowledge Widow as a core character deserving of her own story, so we can only hope these are not empty words. As it stands, we have to wait until 2019′s Captain Marvel for a female-fronted film, though directors Anthony and Joe Russo may have just accidentally revealed the character will cameo in 2018′s Avengers: Infinity War Part 1.
For now, we’ll have to wait until Marvel Studios begins work on phase four of its cinematic universe.