Captain Marvel movie

Fans have long wondered when Marvel Studios would get around to giving a female superhero her own standalone film. Black Widow seems like the natural candidate to go first, since the character has already proven popular in The Avengers and has a meaty supporting role in next month’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

But in a recent interview, Marvel’s Kevin Feige suggested that Black Widow may work too well as a part of the ensemble, to the extent that he’s wondering if moving ahead with another superheroine would make more sense. And while he’s not naming names yet, he acknowledged that there have been “a lot” of discussions about a Captain Marvel picture — which would fit with the rumor that the character will appear in the MCU by 2016. Hit the jump for the latest dirt.

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Marvel fans have been clamoring for a Black Widow standalone film for some time now, and at a recent press conference Kevin Feige assured them that the long-gestating project was still in the works. “We’ve got various outlines and ideas of where to take that,” he revealed.

Until those plans solidify, though, Black Widow devotees can take comfort in the fact that the ass-kicking S.H.I.E.L.D. agent has her biggest role yet in the next Marvel release. Hit the jump to watch a new Captain America: The Winter Soldier featurette that’s all about the Black Widow, and to read Feige’s comments on her eventual solo outing.

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Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in Avengers

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a finely tuned machine. Projects and story arcs are mapped out years in advance, and casting choices are made to last. Even so, real life has a way of mucking things up sometimes, and the latest wrench thrown into Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron plans may be Scarlett Johansson‘s pregnancy.

It was revealed yesterday that the 29-year-old is expecting her first child with fiancé Romain Dauriac. And while we wish her and her family all the best, we can’t help wondering how this might affect Black Widow’s future with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now it looks like we have our answer. Hit the jump to learn all about Marvel’s plans.

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‘Black Widow’ Solo Film Still In Development

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For years, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has said Marvel was interested in giving Black Widow her own film. From the character’s first introduction in Iron Man 2, it was obvious Scarlett Johansson‘s portrayal as the master spy was bigger than a cameo. Her role got bigger in The Avengers, will be even bigger in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and will expand again in Avengers: Age of Ultron. But that might not be the end. In a new interview, Feige confirmed development on a Black Widow film is still ongoing. Read More »

Natalie Portman as Jane Foster in Thor The Dark World

It’s not news at this point that there’s been a tragic dearth of female leads in the current glut of superhero movies. What is news, however, is Natalie Portman‘s suggestion that that could change soon.

The Thor: The Dark World actress hinted that a female-led film was in the works at Marvel Studios. Granted, it’ll likely be some time yet before any such movie hits screens, but better late than never, right? Hit the jump to read her comments on the matter — as well as Stan Lee‘s take on the same issue.

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Thanks in a large part to this past weekend’s The Avengers, we’ve got a ton of superhero-related odds and ends for you today. After the jump:

  • Kick-Ass illustrator claims sequel will shoot this summer
  • Scarlett Johansson really wants a Black Widow spinoff
  • Joss Whedon isn’t ready to think about Avengers 2 yet
  • Captain America 2 will be closely linked to Avengers
  • Ben Kingsley is still developing his Iron Man 3 character

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Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures have teamed with Los Angeles’ pop culture art gallery Gallery 1988 to produce an Avengers themed art show (sponsored by Visa).

After the jump you’ll find many photos taken by /Film photographer Alyssa Saucedo at an exclusive preview reception. I have included photos of my ten favorite pieces — I didn’t want to post too much because you’ll want to see a lot of these pieces for yourself when the show officially opens. We also have some shots of the “street” art painted on the gallery walls, a few crowd shots, including some photos of Avengers director Joss Whedon and star Clark Gregg admiring the artwork (see above).

And we also have some photos of the awesome Avengers-themed cupcakes created by The Cake Mamas (the 2012 winners of Cupcake Wars). I took a brief lapse from my diet to have half of the Thor cupcake and it was pure heaven.

There is so much great and unexpected art at this show, a lot of affordable prints and some really really cool originals priced in the hundreds. I almost bought Joebot‘s awesome Avengers record adaptation but one of the Marvel producers got to it first (and by almost bought it, I really mean that I debated about buying the piece before deciding it was more money than I could afford, and after I saw it sell, quickly changed my story to “someone bought it before I could”). One piece which I love is Fernando Reza of Fro Design Co‘s “Avengers Assemble” poster, which almost feels like something Olly Moss would have created — some really clever work connecting the characters through minimalism. Give it a long look or else you might miss many of the details.

I was invited to an early preview, but the show will be open to the public beginning on Thursday, May 3rd from 7-10pm for a grand opening reception, and will run through May 6th, 2012. This is the first show at Gallery 1988′s newest location at 7021 Melrose Ave, just across the street from their original space next to Golden Apple Comics. If you’re in Southern California, I strongly urge you to check it out.

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If you’ve been avoiding spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises, you can come out from under your rock now. Principal photography has been completed so no more set photos will be revealed. One cast member has put up a celebratory photo, though. Who is it? Also, what does Michael Shannon say General Zod won’t look like in Man of Steel? What are five reasons Sony hasn’t been pushing The Amazing Spider-Man yet? Want to know what a Black Widow spin-off movie would have been about and why it didn’t get made? Read about all of this and more in today’s spoiler free Superhero Bits. Read More »

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