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Why there's still no Black Widow or Hulk movies (Plus a calendar of all upcoming superhero movies)



President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige onstage during Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles.
President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige onstage during Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles.
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There are plenty of Marvel and DC Comics-based movies coming over the next few years — dozens of them already announced — but some movies that have had fans calling for them are still being left unmade. Here's why those movies aren't hitting your local box office.

Black Widow

Perhaps the most persistent calls for a solo movie have been those for Black Widow. Black Widow and Hawkeye are the only two members of the core Avengers team to not receive solo films yet, and it's a particular matter of concern due to the lack of female superhero films.

At Tuesday's Marvel press event, Marvel executives said that the place for Black Widow at this time is in movies with the rest of the Avengers. However, they did promise a big role for Black Widow coming up in one of the other films; she came close to a co-headliner in "Captain America: Winter Soldier," so there could be more backdoor ways of featuring the character while not launching a solo film if they don't feel the character could carry one.

They've also managed to calm some fans seeking a female-led Marvel movie with the upcoming "Captain Marvel," a fan favorite with potential to break out.

Hulk

While the Hulk previously appeared in "Hulk" and "The Incredible Hulk," the latter being part of the current Marvel Studios continuity, there hasn't been a solo film with the Mark Ruffalo version of the character.

Neither solo Hulk movie was the huge smash (no pun intended) of the rest of the current Marvel slate, but Ruffalo's version was a breakout character in the "Avengers" movie, so some may wonder why he's not getting his own film.

Like Black Widow, executives said that the place for Hulk at this point is with the rest of the Avengers, though they said the idea of a solo movie wasn't off the table. Given the Hulk's traditional role as a sometimes villain, there may be other options for giving him a featured role in upcoming Marvel films.

Hawkeye 

The other member of the Avengers not to receive a movie yet, though fans haven't seemed as excited to see him go solo. His character wasn't given much to do in "Avengers," remaining under mind control for most of the film, but "Avengers: Age of Ultron" could give him the kind of breakout moment that will lead to fans wanting more Jeremy Renner Hawkeye.

Green Arrow 

Speaking of archers, the character's given everyone "Arrow," which has been a hit for The CW. Still, fan speculation that DC could also tie their shows in with their movies proved for naught when it was announced at Comic-Con that they wouldn't tie together, and the recent DC movie announcement announced a different actor than the TV universe for Flash.

They could still slip Green Arrow somewhere into a Justice League movie, but it looks like TV is going to be his dominion for the time being, with no solo film on the horizon.

Justice League Dark

This movie has been much talked about by Guillermo del Toro, who's been attached to direct, but there's been no official date announced for the Justice League-plus-the occult movie. It looks like it's still set to happen, but it remains unclear why it wasn't included in the DC movie slate.

One potential reason: Neil Gaiman has noted that, while "Sandman" is still going forward, the reason it wasn't announced with the DC movies is that they're considering a whole different slate for the books, which sprung out of the Vertigo comics line.

Justice League Dark isn't traditionally one of those titles, but the comic has included characters who sprung out of Vertigo, so this could have a place in that world.

Captain America: Serpent Society 

Not one that anyone we've ever heard of has asked for, based on the little known super-villain group, but Marvel did tease it at its press event this week before revealing that the studio is actually doing the Civil War storyline. Still, Marvel noted that this one's on the radar now, so anything can happen.

While those potential movies remain up in the air, here's a calendar of all the superhero movies that have been announced (courtesy of Comics Alliance). Click on the image to open a larger version of the graphic in a new window.