Captain America: Civil War is all set to kick-off the third phase for Marvel and with this latest installment, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will definitely see a lot of firsts. Protagonists as antagonists and celebrating female superheroes are some of the pivotal agendas for the studio. Featuring Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Emily VanCamp as Agent 13 in the Civil War, Marvel is essentially setting the stage for a generation of female superheroes and their potential standalone movies.
If the majority opinion is to be considered, even fans would love to see their favourite Black Widow fighting off villains and baddies all by herself in a solo movie. At the behest of USA Today, Fandago conducted a poll of 1,000 moviegoers, who had booked their tickets for the third Captain America movie, to learn a simple fact: Which Avenger should get their own solo movie?
As expected, Black Widow topped the survey with 48% voting in favour of her. Next in line was Vision played by Paul Bettany (15%), while Anthony Mackie-played Falcon raked in 12%, Hawkeye garnered 10% and Civil War's another female superhero, Scarlet Witch, followed with 7%.
Despite the immense popularity of the female superheroes, Marvel is yet to cast either of these characters in a standalone movie. It seems Warner Bros might just beat Marvel in the race for female solo superhero features with its Wonder Woman, which releases in 2017.
Considering the popularity of Avengers, it shouldn't be difficult for Marvel to feature these badass ladies in one of their standalone features. In fact, Marvel's first in this aspect — Captain Marvel — is scheduled for a 2019 release after another female superhero, The Wasp, co-shares the headline in Ant-Man and The Wasp movie slated for 2018.
At this point, it's a no-brainer that the bankable Johansson — whose original-concept film Lucy grossed $459m (£ 316m) – would make for a high-grossing Black Widow standalone that fans cannot resist.