Black Widow To Share The Lead Role In Captain America: The Winter Soldier?

Over the weekend revealing information for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D was released and now it’s Captain America’s turn to give us the 411. Today in an official synopsis blurb from Marvel Studios, it was revealed what role Black Widow will play in the sequel film, as well as some casting confirmations.  In addition the first official shot from the The Winter Soldier was also revealed! Hit the jump to take a peek.

April has arrived and Marvel Entertainment has started production on the long-awaited sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger,  Captain America: The Winter Soldier and sent out a synopsis and teaser photo to celebrate:

Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ release, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” production on the highly anticipated release, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has commenced in Los Angeles, Calif., with production also including locations in Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington D.C. Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (“Welcome to Collinwood”) from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The First Avenger”). Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is set for release in the U.S. on April 4, 2014.

While most of what was stated was already known by fans, there are a few new tidbits that should get fans even more excited about the upcoming film. For starters, the film will pick-up right where ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ left off, focusing on Steve Rogers struggling to embrace his role in the modern world as he teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

So Black Widow and Cap are sharing the leading role together? Well done Marvel, well done indeed, but there’s more. The summary also confirmed the return of Hayley Atewell as Peggy Carter which has been suggested before but not confirmed. The summary didn’t say in what capacity Carter would be shown in the film. Most likely it might be flashbacks. Marvel also named Emily VanCamp as Agent 13 aka Sharon Carter.

If you’re not familiar with the character that Robert Redford is playing, Agent Alexander Pierce here’s a little bit of info. According to the Marvel Wiki, “Alexander Pierce majored at S.H.I.E.L.D. (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-Enforcement Division) Academy in civilian surveillance and served in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Accounting Department before becoming a “sleeper Agent” of S.H.I.E.L.D. as an expert in decoding Class A dispatches from the subversive organization HYDRA.”

Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be released April 4, 2014. I don’t know about you, but with this new information I’m even more stoked about this film. What about you?

6 thoughts on “Black Widow To Share The Lead Role In Captain America: The Winter Soldier?

  1. Emphasising Black Widow’s role would probably indicate Marvel are going with the Russian link and shared past with Winter Soldier, which would be awesome.

    The rest of the cast list is pretty exciting too, glad to see Atwell is finally confirmed for a return (even if it’s only in flashback). And getting Redford into a film already described as a “70s political thriller” is casting genius!

    1. I’m really excited by the whole thing and seeing the Winter Soldier in it will definitely be an awesome experience. I’m also glad they decided to expand a bit on that conversation between Loki and BW in The Avengers. Seeing some of Natasha’s past come up, especially now with WS in the mix, should make for a good movie.

  2. I think this is definitely good news heading into Captain America: Winter Soldier. I thought Black Widow was well-executed in the Avengers movie and while I don’t particularly want to see her in her own standalone film, giving her a bigger role in other Marvel movies is a wise move. Who knows, maybe Marvel is testing the waters for a Black Widow film. I can’t imagine they aren’t at least toying with the idea.

    1. I’d love to see that, I think Black Widow could definitely hold a movie on her own.
      The only reservation would be that Marvel seem to be very committed to only producing two movies a year, to stop the quality slipping, and I wonder whether they might think that introducing more characters to the MCU might be a higher priority than a Black Widow stand-alone right now. If one of those new characters happens to be Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) I’d take that trade.

      I think Black Widow would be an excellent character to kick off a second-tier budget sequence of films (along with Daredevil) to go along side those two big tent-pole releases a year.
      Or additionally, I wonder how willing Scarlett Johansson would be to occassionally guest on the Agents of SHIELD tv show, she would be kick-ass (and a ratings winner)!

  3. I’ve thought a Black Widow/Hawkeye movie would be cool since I saw how well they played off each other in The Avengers. If Marvel sticks to the Winter Soldier comic story this should be a very exciting fillm.

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