Everyone knows that comic conventions are the best place to go if you’re looking for the latest scoops of all things comics. It seems, though, that they may also be the fan’s best outlet for information that they may not supposed to be privy of just yet.
Kevin Conroy famously let slip the production of, the then very secret, Arkham Knight at 2013’s Dallas Comic Con when he confirmed that he would be voicing Batman in the next Arkham installment. And, now, on Friday at Fan Expo Canada, the legendary Stan Lee may have let an even bigger secret slip while speaking to his fans regarding the possibility of a Scarlett Johansson-led Black Widow movie.
“The chances are she will have her own movie because eventually all the superheroes are going to have their own movies. They are already working on Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and the Black Panther, and there are others I am not allowed to talk about.”
Lee actually gave us a couple of nuggets of information in that excerpt. The first being the character in which he was speaking of, Black Widow and the second being a seemingly confirmed Black Panther film.
While he didn’t tell us anything that we didn’t know regarding Doctor Strange, it seems we are being updated daily on Marvel’s search for their Doctor Strange. The latest rumors have Joaquin Phoenix pegged for the role, although it seems the studio may be having trouble closing a deal with the actor.
I have been behind the idea of a Black Widow film since the rumblings began. I think that Marvel paid close attention to Johansson’s Lucy film, which was released earlier this summer. The movie received favorable reviews and proved that Johansson can, indeed, lead a major movie.
The biggest headline, though, is the inclusion of Black Panther. The popular character has not been the topic of many discussions lately and his presence would add a new dynamic to the MCU. There are many Hollywood actors who would jump at the opportunity to play the character, who would star in the first African-led comic book movie.
Marvel has yet to confirm anything regarding the two characters, though, and any information would not be released for quite a while. We also have to wonder how involved Stan Lee really is on these decisions and how much information he would be privy to — I’m willing to bet that he can be considered “in-the-know”.