Between Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and X-Men: First Class, the upcoming season is already looking like the summer of Marvel. And between Spider-Man and The Avengers, next summer is looking pretty Marvel-heavy as well. But what of 2013 and beyond? What’s Marvel got planned beyond Iron Man 3?

Marvel Films co-chief Kevin Feige hinted in a recent interview at a few things that might be officially announced later in the summer. The juiciest bit of info? Marvel is seriously considering standalone features for Black Widow and Hawkeye (the characters played by Scarlett Johansson and the suddenly ubiquitous Jeremy Renner in the upcoming The Avengers film). Intriguing! Read more after the jump.

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VOTD: Patrick Boivin’s Black Widow Gone Wild

We’ve featured a bunch of Patrick Boivin’s videos in past editions of Video of the Day, including AT-AT Day Afternoon, a Batman vs. Hellboy movie trailer mash-up, Iron Man vs. Bruce Lee, Bumblebee’s stop-motion animated dance and Boba Fett’s stop-motion Mandalorian Dance. The French Canadian director has just released his newest creation, a stop-motion animated action figure short titled “Black Widow Gone Wild.” The short takes an action figure of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and pits her against some of movies biggest stars, Whiplash, the t1000, Rocky, Michael Jackson, Superman, Batman, Jack Bauer, Predator and Spider-Man. And what if Black Widow was War Machine? Watch the short embedded after the jump.

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Several months back, somebody asked Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige if Iron Man 2 side character and The Avengers team member Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) would be getting her own solo outing, to which he replied that it was “definitely possible”. While more revelatory than a flat “no”, that response doesn’t mean much in the world of Hollywood. When it comes to a potentially bankable property, a studio isn’t likely to outright write off an opportunity to take advantage of it.

In the case of a Black Widow movie though, there may have been more truth to Feige’s words than previously suspected. Read what he had to say after the break. Read More »

Fan Created: Early Look At The Avengers

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With concept art of Thor and Captain America‘s costume having been leaked online this week, /Film reader Randolph decided to put together an updated early preview of what The Avengers might look like. Check it out, after the jump.

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We always love running well crafted fan made movie trailers and posters. The best of the bunch was probably that Green Lantern movie trailer featuring Nathan Fillion from last year. The newest fan edited trailer to hit the web is for Marve’s Thor. But while admiring that trailer, I noticed that the YouTube user, who goes under the name EditNinja, has created quite a lot of trailers for comic properties.

Films include: Thor, Wonder Woman (starring Angelina Jolie), Spider-Man 6 (A Bourne-style take starring Julia Stiles), Spider-Man (A bubblegum pop reboot from Disney), Black Widow (Starring Scarlett Johansson), Marvel 1910 (HBO Television series opening), and The First Avenger: Captain America (starring Chris Pine and Hugo Weaving). Not all of them are amazing, but I thought I’d highlight a few of his trailer edits that I enjoyed watching. Watch them now, after the jump.

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Black Widow Spin-Off “Definitely Possible”

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There wasn’t much news that came out of the Iron Man 2 press conference today regarding the future of the Marvel movie universe. But one of the interesting bits was Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige in response to the question of if Scarlett Johansson‘s character Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow would be getting her own big screen movie spin-off:

“Definitely possible,” said Feige. “Yes, absolutely.”

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Emily Blunt May Be The Black Widow in Iron Man 2

Thus far, the white-hot success of Iron Man has allowed the cast list for Iron Man 2 to shape up into something pretty exciting. We’re now learning, via Variety, that Emily Blunt is a serious contender to play the role of Natasha Romanoff in the sequel. In the comics, Romanoff is a Soviet spy skilled at sniping and martial arts (and that’s just her day job). As the costumed superhero, the Black Widow, Romanoff’s abilities are enhanced by her suit’s advanced weaponry. According to the mythology of the character, at one point the Black Widow tries to seduce Tony Stark for her own purposes, but later ends up allied with the Avengers, so it seems possible that those parts of her history may factor into the plot of the next film. The Variety story indicates that in the film, Black Widow will be one of Iron Man’s nemeses.

Blunt has recently appeared in The Devil Wears Prada, Charlie Wilson’s War, and Sunshine Cleaning. She can also be seen in the forthcoming Wolf Man film with Benicio Del Toro.

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