IT ACTUALLY MIGHT BE
So here's the deal. We know from interviews that the Feige brothers really love Black Widow. And we know from their movies (particularly Winter Soldier) that they actually know how to write her character without treating her like a sad sexy damsel (thanks again for that Joss Whedon). And this is what Kevin Feige had to say about the upcoming Marvel lineup:
"We’ve announced the next nine movies, ten counting Civil War, through the end of 2019. Where we go beyond that are ongoing discussions that we’ll focus on in the next few years because we have a lot to do before then. Of the characters that you’ve just mentioned I would say certainly the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow."
WHERE DO I GIVE THEM MY MONEY.
It's not set in stone... but dear Santa we have been so good this year.
Feige also had this to say: "We think she’s an amazing character. We think Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of her is amazing. She’s a lead Avenger and has amazing stories in her own right to tell that we think would be fun to turn into a standalone franchise." At this point... I kind of feel like Marvel needs to give the Feige brothers whatever they want. Civil War hit an international total of $291.2 million, and it still hasn't had its domestic box office weekend yet. It's going to make Marvel a shitton of money. And that's not even calculating the merch and future sales they're going to get from this investment. Marvel's not dumb you guys. I have a really good feeling about this.