Marvel exec reveals 'development work' on new Avengers spinoff film

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Feb 12, 2014, 5:25 PM EST

Since we're on the verge of hitting the trilogy mark with properties like Thor and Captain America, we've been wondering who else might pop up to fill those release slots in Marvel's Phase 3 and beyond. Now we know of at least one more option.

In a recent Total Film print interview, Marvel exec Kevin Feige opened up about Black Widow's (Scarlett Johansson) expanded role in Captain America: Winter Soldier, and revealed she will have even more to do in Avengers: Age of Ultron when it rolls around. But the really cool part? Feige confirmed there has been some recent "development work" on a potential standalone Black Widow spinoff. Yes, please.

Here's the excerpt:

"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. We start filming the next Avengers film at the end of March. [Black] Widow's part in that is very big. We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that."

It’s crazy to think that Black Widow has been kicking around the Marvel Cinematic Universe since all the way back in Iron Man 2, and it's high time she get her own feature film. Marvel has done a great of introducing different genres for different characters, and they look to do even more of that with the political thriller Winter Soldier and deep-space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy. So why not a hard-boiled spy story for Black Widow?

In addition to the Black Widow news, Feige also expanded on how Winter Soldier will introduce some fundamental changed to the Marvel-verse, shaking up the status quo we saw in The Avengers. So, yeah, we'll definitely want to watch this one before Age of Ultron rolls around:

“We wanted to change the dynamic of the cinematic universe with [Winter Soldier]. We wanted Cap and really the entire cinematic universe to be very different at the end of Winter Solider than it is at the beginning. Therefore when we meet the Avengers at the top of Age of Ultron, it's a very different landscape than we left them at the end of the film film. Partially that's because we love the rhythm that the comic books have developed - each of the characters appear in their runs, occasionally they get together for a big event or crossover series, they part again, and then they come back together again.”

What do you think? Is it time for Black Widow to finally get her own movie?

(Via Comic Book Movie)