A lot has been made lately about “Hey, where are all the female superheroes?” Both DC and Marvel have declared interest in answering that question, with DC firing the first- and most prominent shot- by casting Gal Gadot and saying she’ll appear as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as her own standalone film. Meanwhile at Marvel, all we’ve ever gotten is some “We’ll see” lip service, regarding Scarlett Johannson getting a spinoff Black Widow film.
With her stock at an all-time high, since her Lucy sent Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules home with his lion head hung low, the question of why Marvel has been so gun shy about a solo film for her has never been more pressing. One person who happens to be on the Black Widow bandwagon is Marvel’s reigning marquee star, Robert Downey Jr.
In a chat with USA Today, Downey Jr had this to say:
“Look, I think that the interesting thing particularly after Guardians with Zoe (Saldana), (or) even from the first Iron Man where Pepper was kind of this really â€“ to me the Iron Man franchise would never have taken off without (Gwyneth) Paltrow. Thereâ€™s something about her that grounded the story. Sheâ€™s not your typical lady in a superhero movie, and then by Iron Man 3 sheâ€™s swallowing serums and putting on suits and kicking (butt) and all that stuff.“
But switching gears and focusing more on Johannson and her butt-kicking character, Downey Jr adds:
“It would be kind of more appropriate for a character that already was like a Black Widow (to lead a movie). It just seems like whatever Scarlett does people want to go see it.”
So the soon-to-be father of a baby girl is very much onboard with a female driven Marvel film. But what about the other heroes in the group? Without even being asked, the actor volunteers that he thinks his other solo film-less brethren are ready for the spotlight:
“The funny thing is, honestly, at this point everyone deserves a franchise. I think Jeremy Renner is â€” when folks see the Avengers: Age of Ultron heâ€™s just a rockstar, a badaâ€“-. And Ruffalo is pumped. He does great (work). Iâ€™d like to hear them talk even more seriously about a Hulk franchise, because thatâ€™s been one of the toughest ones to get right. But Iâ€™m sure that my parent company is feeling expansive and and bold after the summer theyâ€™ve had.”
Expansive? Sure. But Marvel strikes me as wanting to continue to explore new ground, bringing new characters into the fold. That’s why I would consider a Hawkeyefilm unlikely. I feel like his character would be better suited for a Netflix series like the ones Marvel is creating for Daredevil and Luke Cage. Heck, even Hulk strikes me as more a TV series- updating the formula that made the 1970s Bill Bixby series such a fan-favorite.
What do you think of RDJ’s comments? Would a solo Black Widow float your boat? Or would you rather see them get series about Captain Marvel and continue to present us with new faces?
SOURCE: USA Today