So, Marvel went nuclear today in the best of ways. That explosion you heard was their announcement of the Marvel Studio slate of films through 2019. It’s an impressive list that includes two firsts, an African American solo superhero film in Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman and the first female superhero movie with Captain Marvel.
But, what it didn’t include was a Hulk or Black Widow solo movie.
Feige, commenting on that fact, told us that both characters are huge players in the Avengers world and that their focus currently is on introducing the world to new characters, like the ones in Inhumans.
“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,” Feige said.
“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.”
Earlier this year Feige said that a Black Widow movie would be a when, not if. But, now it appears that if may be returning to the table.
“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 big, and further develops and further enhances her character,” Feige said.
“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.”
So, Hulk and Black Widow next in Avengers: Age of Ultron and then Avengers: Infinity War? Until then, watch The Avengers online for your Hulk and Black Widow fix.