While promoting "Thor," Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige regarded the possibility of lesser-known characters getting their own movies. Said personalities included Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) who has a bow-wielding extended cameo in Thor and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) who can beat up an awful lot of security guards in last summer’s Iron Man 2.
"We have started talking with Scarlett about what a Widow movie could be," he said. "Internally we've also started thinking what a Hawkeye movie could be, how we could continue to explore SHIELD, which has a pretty big part in 'Thor,' smaller parts in the two 'Iron Man' films and has a giant part in 'The Avengers.' What would a stand-alone SHIELD be like?"
Feige noted that the only way in which lesser-known characters might warrant their own films is if they are introduced in "The Avengers" first.
"I do see 'The Avengers' franchise as something in which other Avenger characters might make their first appearance," he elaborated. "Then maybe if audiences respond to them they could spin-off into their own movies."
Not that next summer’s Marvel Mash up isn’t already overloaded with characters! With Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Loki (Tom Hiddleton), Shield Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), and of course, the seemingly inescapable Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), does Joss Whedon’s The Avengers need any more heroes? As confident as we all are in the abilities of Mr Buffy/ Angel/Firefly, the vast majority of Marvel’s efforts could use a reduction in characters and an increase in focus.
Maybe it’ll get to the stage where each character only receives about 0:43 seconds of screen time apiece. Anyone who was excited at the prospect of Tadanobu Asano playing Hogun in last month’s Thor will know exactly what I’m talking about.
So about 3 people will know exactly what I’m talking about!