In an interview with Movieline, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige offered up all sorts of insight on a bunch of upcoming Marvel projects. I'd highly recommend checking out the entire interview, but I'll pull a small sample of choice quotes in case you don't have time to read the whole thing. (There's a super tiny spoiler for The Avengers in here that - trust me - doesn't give anything away regarding the plot. Just wanted to throw that out there for the uber-conservative amongst you.)
On Patty Jenkins and her involvement with Thor 2:
You know, we sort of talked as much as we would. Sometimes it’s just not a right fit. We were very encouraged and excited about working with Patty and I hope to make a movie with her someday. It just wasn’t going to be this movie.
On how long we have to wait until we see Black Widow get her own movie:
Well, I think you saw it in Avengers. I think that’s one of the many amazing things Joss Whedon can do. I think people are going to be surprised by how powerful Scarlett is in this movie, and how evolved her role is. We have already planned her next appearances and where to take that character because we believe in it and we believe in her in a big, big way. When will there be a standalone? Both is what we’re heading toward. A lot of it is that we’re only going to make two movies a year, maybe sometimes it’ll be one movie a year like this year, maybe someday it’ll be three movies a year just depending on what comes together. But really, it’s two movies. So there’s kind of a backup on the runway right now in terms of when can something go. We do like when some of the characters appear in other people’s movies...that’s probably where you’ll see Black Widow next. But my favorite scene in Avengers is when Loki and Widow are having their scene together and Loki’s in a cell, and he’s trying to rile her up by mentioning things like “the hospital fire.” Who knows what those things are? We haven’t seen any of those things in other movies! What were those things, what do they mean? I love that. I’d love to explore that deeper.
Check out Movieline's full interview for more with Feige, including his thoughts on female-driven superhero movies and much more. Do you want to see a Black Widow spin-off movie?