Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Super Hero Movies: A Look at Black Widow

I wonder at what point will we no longer have to say, "I wish they'd make an X super hero movie already." When will it be okay to say, "Did you see the new Black Widow movie?!" instead of "When are they making a female super hero movie?!"*

As well, what's wrong with Falcon becoming Captain America? Is it because you don't like his wings? Should Captain America not fly?

Was there this much outrage when Robin became Nightwing, another Robin showed up to become Red Hood, while another Robin showed up; did I miss anything? Oh yeah, there's also Red Robin.

For today's topic, let's focus on the lack of super hero movies. Yes, they have Wonder Woman scheduled, as well as Captain Marvel. I'm wondering what formula is being used to determine who gets a super hero movie and when they feel it will be the best time. Changing the question* we ask about today's super hero movies will only change when someone makes a decision to want to make it and then follow through with it.

Obviously, there are many challenges if many people say "no" to your ideas, but how many people that ask for these movies would eventually get a "yes" because so many actually want to make these said movies?

One "knock" on Scarlett Johannson's Black Widow getting her own movie, "Well, she doesn't have any super powers." I guess I missed the memo that said Batman and Iron Man have super powers. They're really smart, have money, and use a lot of gadgets and tech to get the job done. Yeah, I guess that doesn't sound like Black Widow...

Is it possible that some are waiting because they want to release a perfect super hero movie, such as Black Widow? Sure, it is possible. Is it possible they're waiting for the right time, as in popularity within the comic book world, to create a Black Widow film? No, I don't believe that one. Since when do fans somehow become the reason we're waiting on these things?

Do fans get to choose scripts and why characters get killed in movies? Do fans get to choose what actors play the roles in these films? Granted, my goal isn't to make this only about Black Widow. I'm also thinking about Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Storm, and other potentially awesome big screen hits, but it's easier for me to focus on one at a time.

Yes, fan consideration is a great reason to help determine if profits will be earned by a film, but doesn't a proven character help in earning that trust. Black Widow could have her own movie series independent of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe. There could be an origin story with her learning the ropes from Nick Fury. There could also be a Nick Fury movie showing the ropes for an eager Phil Coulson, but let's stay on track. She could have an entire spy series designated to predate the MCU. Wouldn't that be something worth doing? I really liked the Bourne series (only saw the Matt Damon trio), and think it would be pretty cool to see Marvel's take on such a series with Black Widow.

Here's a full list of other super hero movies (that may or may not be in production) I would like to see:
  • Captain Marvel
  • Black Panther
  • Doctor Strange
  • Wonder Woman
  • Magneto and the Brotherhood of Mutants
  • Spider-Woman
  • Rogue, via Ms. Marvel storyline
  • Gambit
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • WildC.A.T.S.
  • Storm
  • Iron Man 4
  • Inhumans (connected to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
As of right now, we'll be waiting for Wonder Woman (2017) and Captain Marvel (2018). Iron Man 2, with the introduction of Johannson's role as Black Widow, was released in 2010. Under this current model of success with the MCU, it will be seven years since her introduction until we see a solo film and it's not even Black Widow or a Marvel product.

What super hero movies would you like to see?

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