America may be eagerly anticipating this week’s release of Captain America: Civil War,but that doesn’t mean we can’t also be focusing on our Marvel Cinematic Universe wishlist moving forward. In a Fandango-conducted poll of more than 1,000 moviegoers who already have their Civil Wartickets, USA Today discovered that the Civil War character they most want to see with her own standalone film is Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow.
The Black Widow garned 48 percent of the vote in the Fandango poll, far ahead of any of the other options. Other poll choices included, in order of percentage garnered: Vision (15%), Falcon (12%), Hawkeye (10%), War Machine (8%), and Scarlet Witch (7%). Black Widow wiped the floor with her Civil Warco-stars.
Frankly, this isn’t so much of a surprise. Natasha Romanov is probably the Avenger who has gotten the most MCU screen time while still not getting her own standalone film. The Soviet-trained spy first popped up in Iron Man 2as Tony Stark’s “assistant” (read: S.H.I.E.L.D.’s undercover operative), before making great impressions in The Avengersand Captain America: The Winter Soldier.(I am in the camp of people who doesn’t think that any character had a particularly good character arc in Avengers: Age of Ultron.)
It also certainly doesn’t help that, though Civil Warwill be the MCU’s 13th film (and will mark the beginning of its third phase), there has yet to be a MCU film headlined by a woman. #MCUFail Though a Captain Marvelfilm is in the plans for Phase 3, its release has been pushed back until March 2019. (Ant-Man and the Wasp, slated for July 2018,manages to get a female superhero in the title, but, come on, Marvel, we can do better.)
Fans have been calling for a Black Widow film for a while now, but, so far, the closest we’ve gotten is this Saturday Night Live skit.
What are the odds for an actual Black Widow movie? Guys, they’re not looking particularly high right now. Back in 2010, Marvel Studios head Keith Feige said they had started discussions with Johansson about the prospect of a Black Widow film, but, in 2014, Feige backtracked on the possibility of a Black Widow film, saying:
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.
If you’d like to see the full, Black Widow-less plans for Marvel Studios through 2020, check out our Marvel Release Calendar.