Marvel Cinematic Universe Updates: Black Widow, Sharon Stone, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War and Michael Giacchino

BLACK WIDOW (Scarlett Johansson)

With Captain America: Civil War ripping up box offices around the world, there’s a plethora of news and reports coming out. On the junket trail Marvel über-producer Kevin Feige has confirmed his commitment to a Black Widow film, directors Joe and Anthony Russo have spoken about the change of name of Avengers: Infinity War and the appearance of Captain Marvel, Michael Giacchino scores Doctor Strange, and Sharon Stone reckons she’ll be in a Marvel movie.

Black Widow

Marvel hasn’t exactly been at the forefront of female-led films, and the upcoming co-led Ant Man & Wasp notwithstanding, it will be 21 films into the series before the first fully-fledged solo female film will come in the form of Captain Marvel in 2019.  While not confirming anything beyond Phase 3, Feige told Deadline: “I would say certainly the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow…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 standalone franchise.”

Captain Marvel and Avengers: Infinity War by any other name

During an event at the Smithsonian, Comic Book reports that the Russo Brothers let it slip that Captain Marvel appears in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, so we may not have to wait until 2019 to see her. According to the source, they mention her by name in the talk, but quickly covered with “Um….Captain Barvel. Totally different character” when pushed.

In related news, the Russo have told Uproxx that labelling Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2 is misleading, because they “are two very different movies”, also letting them know that “the intention is we will change it, we just haven’t come up with the titles yet. But, yes, we will change it.”

Michael Giacchino gets Strange

Composer Michael Giacchino has confirmed by Twitter that he will be providing the musical score to this year’s Doctor Strange. “Things are about to get, well…really STRANGE,” he tweeted, adding one of the recently released posters. It’s his first outright superhero film, but he is known for The Incredibles, Sky High and Star Trek (2009), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World, and Inside Out.

Sharon Stone in a Marvel film?

As a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the actress appeared alongside Captain America: Civil War star Sebastian Stan. “I’m just doing a wee part in a Marvel movie, upcoming, and I can’t tell, because you know, you have to sign confidentiality agreements. But I’m going to do a wee part in a Marvel movie now. That’s it,” she told the host. While Stan confessed to have no knowledge of the part, it’s possible she is talking about a Fox Marvel film. Then again, the “wee part” might refer to the diminutive size of ants and wasps, and what better person to play Janet Van Dyne than Michael Douglas’ former Basic Instinct co-star?