Marvel Says No Black Widow or Hulk Standalone Films in the Works

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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 says there will not be a Black Widow movie nor a Hulk movie anytime soon.  More after the jump.

Neil Marshall Is Interested in Directing a BLACK WIDOW Movie

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People express interest in directing particular projects all the time, but when a guy like Neil Marshall says he’d like to direct a Black Widow movie, you listen.  Marshall’s the guy behind Game of Thrones’ “Blackwater” episode and he also actually just scored an Emmy nomination for directing season 4’s “The Watchers on the Wall,” but the one I hold near and dear is Marshall’s second feature film, the 2005 release, The Descent.

While discussing his work on Game of Thrones in a recent interview, the conversation shifted to the fact that Marshall didn’t get the chance to work with very many of the show’s leading ladies because his episodes primarily focus on male-dominated battles.  From there, the idea of directing a female superhero movie popped up and Marshall went straight for Scarlett Johansson.  Hit the jump to find out what he said about directing a Black Widow movie.

David Hayter Talks DEVIL’S MILE, Creature Movie Magic, A New Sci-Fi Franchise He’s Developing, BLACK WIDOW and More

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With writing credits like X-Men and Watchmen to his name, it can be easy to overlook the fact that David Hayter has also kept quite busy in the acting and voice acting realms as well.  He’s still pushing forward as a writer/director and has his latest directorial endeavor, Wolves, due in the fall, but Hayter also abides by one very important acting rule; if someone asks him to take a part, he’s going to do it, and that’s how Devil’s Mile came up.

Hayter steps in as Toby, a henchman of sorts to an evil crime boss named Mr. Arkadi who orders him and his cohorts, Cally (Maria del Mar) and Jacinta (Casey Hudecki), to kidnap two girls.  They manage to get them, but delivering them becomes the problem due to the rather sinister nature of the route home.  With Devil’s Mile hitting DVD and VOD on August 12th, Hayter got on the phone with Collider to talk about making this movie, a new sci-fi franchise he’s developing, his old Black Widow script and more.  Hit the jump to check it out, but be aware, there are some plot spoilers in this interview. 

Black Widow to Have Larger Role in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON; Marvel Considering Spin-Off Picture

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Black Widow’s (Scarlett Johansson) debut in Iron Man 2 was a bit underwhelming but Joss Whedon made her exciting when she got an increased role in The Avengers.  She’s now one of the leads in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and it looks like the character is going to keep getting bigger as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues.  For The Winter Soldier, co-star Chris Evans tells Total Film, “Black Widow’s whole arc [in The Winter Soldier] is coming to terms with her history – that she’s been a spy, and spies aren’t necessarily trustworthy.” That sounds like a good arc, but it looks like it will only be a starting place for the studio’s plans.

Hit the jump for Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talking about her part in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and where they might take Black Widow from there.

TOP 5: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Casting Rumors, Female Driven Superhero Movies, NEBRASKA Trailer, GRAND THEFT AUTO V Earns a Ton, Cinemath

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Having missed Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring during its theatrical run, I made sure to pick it up on Blu-ray when it hit shelves this past week. As much as I was looking forward to it, though, I have to say I was let down. Aside from a spot-on soundtrack and some solid performances from its young cast (Taissa Farmiga‘s turn stands out to me as particularly strong), the pic often feels as vapid and generally aimless as the events it depicts. The film is ripe for commentary on our societal fascination with all things celebrity. There are also occasional nods, especially during the film’s night club scenes, to the idea that social media is both a means and an end to human connection. That said, Coppola never truly explores either of these ideas and instead elects to present the story in a vérité style that feels content to simply observe. For me, the end result is a picture that has so much to talk about and yet ultimately says very little.

My “Blu-ray Disappointment of the Week” discussion aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the latest Star Wars: Episode VII rumors that put Saoirse Ronan up for a lead role, a look at some of our favorite options for female driven superhero movies, the first trailer for Alexander Payne‘s Nebraska, Grand Theft Auto V‘s unprecedented opening day, and a new Cinemath installment that takes a look at the Emmys by the numbers. As you might expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above resides after the jump.

Female Superhero Movies: Time for Superheroines Like WONDER WOMAN and CAPTAIN MARVEL to Fly Solo

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The movie-going audience has spoken.  Movies with female protagonists are becoming more popular in this day and age.  With recent financial successes, such as Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy’s The Heat, turning studios’ heads, its time to take the plunge and start giving more superheroines a time to shine.  While female comic book protagonists starring in their own movies is hardly new (see Catwoman, Elektra, Supergirl), there’s a wealth of heroines still out there that can hold up a movie just as well as their male counterparts.

Hit the jump for Collider’s best options for female driven comic book films that will get people in the seats.

Scarlett Johansson Returning for IRON MAN 3?

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The Avengers still hasn’t hit theaters, but there’s not a moment to lose when it comes to keeping the Marvel Superhero Machine running.  Iron Man 3 is set for next summer, and it will feature some familiar faces.  In addition to Robert Downey Jr, it’s not too surprising to learn that Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle will be reprising their roles as Pepper Potts and James “Rhodey” Rhodes/War Machine, respectively.  But Latino Review has uncovered [via Feature Film Casting] that Scarlett Johansson will be back as well.  Her character, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, became Tony Stark’s personal assistant in Iron Man 2, but that was just a cover to spy on him for Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) rather than a real occupation.

Hit the jump for my hearty speculation on how she’ll factor into the latest Tony Stark adventure.  Iron Man 3 is being directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang), who is co-writing with Drew Pearce (No Heroics).  The film is set for May 3, 2013.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Talks Future After THE AVENGERS; Confirms THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA Sequels

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Not long ago, once Marvel Studios had proved itself as a major player in the summer tentpole game, a slate was released for all of the upcoming films from the new studio. Fans relished the thought of seeing Thor, Captain America and The Avengers on the big screen. Well, after this summer only one new film on that slate will be left (The Avengers) and audiences are left wondering: what will Marvel do next? Thankfully, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently talked about the future of the studio and what flicks are on the horizon.

In addition to confirming sequels for Thor and Captain America (set in modern-day, no less) he discussed possible spinoffs for Black Widow, Hawkeye and S.H.I.E.L.D as well as the long-talked-about Dr. Strange movie. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Marvel Studios Discussing BLACK WIDOW Spinoff

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In an interview today, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed that they’re discussing plans to give Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) her own movie…but only after they’re done with The Avengers.  Speaking to Superhero Hype, Feige said, “We’ve already started discussions with Scarlett about the idea of a solo movie and have begun putting together concepts, but “The Avengers” comes first.”   Hopefully they’ll be planning to give Johansson a little more screen-time in The Avengers.  Her big action scene in Iron Man 2 drew cheers at the screening I attended and I think audiences want an ass-kicking female superhero.

The Avengers begins filming in February 2011 and will hit theaters on May 4, 2012.  Directed by Joss Whedon, The Avengers also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, and Mark Ruffalo.

Free IRON MAN 2 Mini-Poster of Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow at Wonder Con

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If you’re going to Wonder Con this weekend in San Francisco, you should stop by Booth #242, as they’re giving away free Iron Man 2 mini-posters of Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow while supplies last.  If you’d like to see what the poster looks like, hit the jump.

Also, I’ll be at Wonder Con for the first time this weekend, so expect plenty of interviews from San Francisco on Friday/Saturday/Sunday.  For more info on Wonder Con, click here.

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