Marvel Studios is riding high after the initial success of Black Panther this weekend, which will certainly continue for weeks to come. Furthermore, it proves that diverse superhero movies are good ideas not just from a financial standpoint, but from a cultural one as well. The importance and triumph of the studio's 18th movie is a good sign for the in-production Captain Marvel and the reportedly in-development Black Widow film.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight: Canada, Captain America actor Chris Evans spoke about his confidence in Marvel Studios, seeming to confirm the company will have no trouble in getting a Natasha Romanoff spinoff to the masses when the studio finally decides to put it in front of a camera.
"There's nothing [Marvel Studios] can't do," he said. "I'm sure it's gonna have the exact same effect when Captain Marvel comes out and then the Black Widow movie comes out. Marvel just has the winning recipe, and they're kind of one step ahead of everyone else ... Marvel knows what they're doing."
Last reported, the project had hired Jac Schaeffer as its screenwriter, while Joe Russo (half the directing team behind Infinity War) voiced his support for the character to get her cinematic due. After so many hits, there's really no excuse not to make the movie, and Evans acknowledged as much when he said:
"Luckily, Marvel has made pressure kinda nonexistent ... They can't miss."
In any case, Natasha (played by Scarlett Johansson) returns to kick butt with a new blonde hairdo in Avengers: Infinity War on May 4.