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Robert Downey Jr. Endorses a Black Widow Movie


Add Tony Stark’s name to the growing list of people who want to see a Black Widow movie.

“Doesn’t Scarlett deserve a break?” actor Robert Downey Jr. told USA Today with a laugh. “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 – to me the Iron Man franchise would never have taken off without [Gwyneth] Paltrow. There’s something about her that grounded the story. She’s not your typical lady in a superhero movie, and then by Iron Man 3 she’s swallowing serums and putting on suits and kicking [butt] and all that stuff.”

He added, “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.”

Downey went even further, saying his other franchise-less Avengers co-stars deserve cracks at solo opportunities as well.

“The funny thing is honestly at this point everyone deserves a franchise,” he said. “I think Jeremy Renner is — when folks see the Avengers: Age of Ultron he’s just a rock star, a badass. And Ruffalo is pumped. He does great [work]. I’d like to hear them talk even more seriously about a Hulk franchise, because that’s been one of the toughest ones to get right. But I’m sure that my parent company is feeling expansive and and bold after the summer they’ve had.”

Downey will appear as Iron Man alongside Johansson’s Black Widow once again in Avengers: Age of Ultron, opening May 1, 2015.



    I think they should do pair up movies with existing movie characters from here on out. Black Widow/Hawkeye, Hulk/iron man, Capitan America/black panther*. I think it would break the mold of the origin stand alone movie and still be an entertaining way of developing or introducing new characters. Dang maybe some day we will get a Hulk/Wolverine movie. I won’t hold my breath but I would love to watch those two kick the tar out of each other for 2 hours.

    *yes I know, but eventually.

  • TheWolverine

    As long as Marvel continues to hire the same caliber of directors & writers that they have had so far, plus keep both Joss Whedon & James Gunn around to maintain the MCU, I don’t see why they couldn’t make a lot more movies a year. They have a wide ranging roster of characters to explore, and they have proved a winning formula to use with them. I’m still hoping for Damage Control to show up, either on the big screen or introduced in AoS, to add even more from the source comics.

  • John

    We just had Captain America/Black Widow.

  • lewis4510

    I wouldn’t put too much stock into what RDJ has to say on the subject of a Black Widow movie.

    As far as I’m concerned she gets enough exposure in the Avengers and the Captain America films. I don’t know if there’s enough demand for her in a solo film.

  • Brian White

    Scarlett has a proven ability to lead a movie but I think Black Widow might be a better movie with the Winter Soldier as a team up

  • Rob

    I think “a lot more movies a year” as you say would quickly lead to overexposure. The films would have less weight, and the overarching plot of the films would advance too quickly and become muddled. It would be a chore for audiences to try to keep up, and crossover films would also have less impact. No, I think Marvel’s in their sweet spot right about now, and may stay there until close to the end of the decade.

    But nothing lasts forever. Just look at the Pixar film trajectory since the 2000s (hell, before). Hit after hit, but slowly they start to lose that quality that made their films masterpieces instead of average, which is closer to where they are now. Same case here, even Marvel can’t/won’t keep this up forever. But in the meantime, we’re getting a ton of great films at least.

  • Drew

    Musta missed that in the title.

  • John

    Who cares if it was in the title? It was clearly a Black Widow and Captain America team up movie.