With the highly anticipated summer sequel, Iron Man 2, just a few weeks away it seems that Marvel Studios is already considering a spin-off with one of the new characters featured in the film. Actress Scarlett Johansson joins the cast as Natalia Romanova, A.K.A. Black Widow, a super-spy undercover as Tony Stark's assistant but who is secretly working for Nick Fury and the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency.
Created for "Tales Of Suspense" comics in the '60s by Stan Lee, Don Rico and Don Heck, Romanova was a former Soviet-spy who joined S.H.I.E.L.D., worked with Nick Fury and eventually became a member of the super-hero team The Avengers. It only makes sense that the character would be introduced in this movie since Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, was briefly introduced at the end of the first film. Not to mention the fact that Marvel Studios is planning a film version of The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, and featuring characters introduced in the Iron Man series, The Incredible Hulk and it's upcoming films Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger.
So now with the film just a few weeks away it seems that talk has already begun about a possible spin-off featuring the catsuit-clad femme fatale in her own film. While participating in a press conference to promote the upcoming potential blockbuster, President of Production for Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, discussed the chances of Johansson's character getting her own solo film in the near future.
"Yes absolutely, it's definitely a possibility," answered Feige.
Beginning with 2008's Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, Marvel Studios really started to attempt something never before done on film, create one seamless world that several different film franchises would exist in ... essentially creating the "Marvel Film Universe." Favreau explained how Iron Man 2 fits in with the other Marvel Universe films.
"Iron Man 2 takes place before The Incredible Hulk, " he explained. "But if you pay attention towards the end of the film you'll see a little clue that tells you that it's happening before The Incredible Hulk," Kevin Feige revealed. "Kevin, the whole idea of an Easter Egg is that you don't talk about it," joked Favreau.