With Captain America: Civil War set to hit movie theaters this Friday, Joe & Anthony Russo, who directed the film, have been making the press rounds. While there is a ton of focus on that movie, and rightfully so, the Russos are just getting started with their Marvel journey. They are currently gearing up for both parts of Avengers: Infinity War (which will be re-titled) to start production late this year and that will keep them busy until 2019. This should be an avenue for Marvel to introduce some new players for Phase 4 as not every character will make it out alive against Thanos.
The Russo brothers recently talked to Collider about what is in store for their future and someone other fun Marvel questions, and when they were asked what obscure characters they would love to introduce to the MCU.
Anthony: Great Lakes Avengers.
Joe: Great Lakes Avengers, yeah. I’ll pick Groo the Wanderer. It was a big character in my childhood.
They both also mentioned the chance of using Wolverine as a dream of theirs, but unless a mega deal with Fox is struck or they go direct a Fox film, that most likely won’t be happening. However, doing something at Fox could be possible once they are finished with Infinity War in 2019, but just because they are not already signed on for more Marvel movies does not mean they are eager to leave.
Joe: It’s so hard to say because we’re working through 2019, which is a long way from now. So it’s very difficult to say what our headspace will be like then and what we’ll be interested in, whether we’ll still be invigorated to keep working on larger stories, or whether we’ll want to do some smaller stories, what the business is going to be … VR is really exciting, it’s just around the corner. There are so many opportunities out there, it’s tough to say. Probably something we could answer in 2019.
Anthony: I will say this: Our experience with Marvel has been amazing and we really do feel like we’re in our creative sweet spot there. So it’s definitely a place that we’ll always think about.
Joe: One of the great things about Marvel is that they like to marry genre, and who knows where it’s going to go from here. You have to keep varying up the storytelling to surprise audiences. I think there are going to be some fun surprises in store over the next few years, so…
Just yesterday, Fandango revealed the results of a recent poll they held, asking which Avenger Marvel fans would like to see lead their own standalone film next. Coming atop of that poll – to very little surprise – was Black Widow. Over the past couple of years, fans have made their desire to see the Avenger lead her own film, only to have their hopes crushed when Kevin Feige revealed back in 2014 that there currently weren’t any plans for the character to see her own solo film yet given her large story arc in coming films. However, could it be possible that the character may actually get her own film after all? When asked about the potential for a Black Widow standalone film, the Russo brothers seemed rather optimistic, indicating that if it were to happen, the only thing standing in the way would be scheduling.
Anthony: It’s a no-brainer, right?
Joe: I don’t think [it’ll take] much. I think it’s just a function of where on the slate it goes. She’s a bad-ass.
Should Marvel Studios – and the Russo brothers? – decide to surprise us by announcing a Black Widow film, I’d totally be on board to see what else they can do with the character. Even though I think it could work better as a Netflix mini-series, putting Scarlett Johansson as a lead in a film should absolutely be in the cards for them. She has already proven her name alone can generate box office results and with the Marvel brand in front, it should do even better. Hopefully they can get it figured out sooner rather than later, and I’ll throw this out there – they are still sitting on the November 2, 2018 date that Captain Marvel originally had. It would be pretty great if Marvel went back-to-back with female led films. Just an idea, use it if you please, Marvel. Let us know if you want to see a Black Widow standalone film in the comments below!
Captain America: Civil War, which was directed by Joe & Anthony Russo, will hit movie theaters this Friday.