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Another prominent voice has called for Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige to include a Black Widow solo film in its upcoming slate of movies. That voice? Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige.

Feige recently took a break from his ongoing game of chess with himself to talk to Deadline about the direction of the studio, and what fans can expect from a post-Captain America: Civil War world. Among several other topics—including the claim that Marvel did all the heavy creative lifting for Sony on the new Spider-Man movie so that they could be sure the studio would get it right—he talked about what’s next for the Disney-owned studio.

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“We’ve announced the next nine movies, 10 counting Civil War, through the end of 2019.” Feige told Deadline’s Mike Fleming, Jr., referring to the complicated web of interdependent franchises with which he’s effectively bound his own hands. “Where we go beyond that are ongoing discussions that we’ll focus on in the next few years, because we have a lot to do before then… I would say certainly the one, creatively and emotionally, that we are most committed to doing is Black Widow.”

Feige’s sentiments echo those of Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who recently told a Chinese news outlet that they wanted to see more of the character, who plays a prominent role in both Civil War, and the brothers’ earlier The Winter Soldier. When asked what he liked about the character, Feige went on to say, “We think she’s an amazing character. We think Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of her is amazing. She’s a lead Avenger, and has amazing stories in her own right to tell that we think would be fun to turn into a stand-alone franchise.” (For the record, that’s a bit of a turn from statements Feige made during the run up to Winter Soldier, where he expressed concerns about whether the character would work without her interactions with the team.)

Anyway, we can only hope Feige can convince Feige that this is the right course of action, given the overall dearth of women-led superhero movies, and the massive popularity of Johansson’s version of the former Soviet spy.

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