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Marvel Has No Plans to Make a Stand Alone BLACK WIDOW or HULK Film

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Marvel Studios announced a number of new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe earlier today, but it also confirmed a couple of characters that won’t be getting their own movies anytime soon.  The studio has long talked about the possibility of a standlone Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson, but Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was always non-committal about the prospect.  The same can be said for Hulk, who was successfully rebooted in The Avengers thanks to Mark Ruffalo and Joss Whedon.  The character was a standout in the 2012 superhero team-up movie, and fans began asking when we might see a new Hulk movie from Marvel.  Feige made similar comments about that prospect, saying it was a possibility but that nothing was in the works at the moment.

And now, on the cusp of new Marvel films like Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Inhumans, Feige captain-america-the-winter-soldier-scarlett-johansson-600x400says there will not be a Black Widow movie nor a Hulk movie anytime soon.

Speaking at the Marvel event today, Feige was asked about the possibility of a standalone Black Widow movie, which he answered by saying the character is an integral part of the Avengers films (transcript via /Film):

Well, frankly, as I said in the presentation, it’s about bringing new characters to the screen. Black Widow couldn’t be more important as an Avenger, herself. Like Hulk, the Avengers films will be the films where they play a primary role. Her part in Avengers: Age of Ultron is very very big, and further develops and further enhances her character. The plans that we have for her throughout the rest of the Avengers saga is very very big, and lynchpin, in fact, to those films. So instead of taking her out there, or instead of doing a prequel, which we haven’t done yet, continuing the forward momentum and the continuity of the cinematic universe. Of which Widow is a key, key part.

the-avengers-image-hulkFeige had similar things to say about a standalone Hulk movie:

Well, I wouldn’t say he’s absent from the timeline, I’d say Hulk is going to appear in many of those movies, particularly all those Avengers movies leading up to 2019 and Infinity War. Mark Ruffalo is on board for all those films, and we’re excited to bring him to those films. What happens with a standalone Hulk film? I’ll only say what I would have said about Black Panther last week or Captain Marvel the week before that, or Doctor Strange the week before that, or Guardians of the Galaxy two years ago, or Ant-Man ten years ago: we’ll see. We’d love to do it, we’d love to find the place to put it, but right now, Hulk will be appearing, with his friends, in their films.

With the announcement of a female fronted Captain Marvel film, is it still disappointing that Black Widow won’t have her own film? It is nice that she is one of the main pieces that holds the Marvel Cinematic Universe together; having appeared in the Iron Man and Captain America franchises, but I am sure some will be disappointed not to see ScarJo tearing it up for an entire film. As for The Hulk, he was awesome in The Avengers, but I think his character is a “great in small doses type character.”

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