The hints and teases are strong with this one. Just about a month back, Kevin Feige said that a Black Widow movie “at some point would be great”. Then, just shortly after that, a Fandango Poll showed that fans of the MCU want to see Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow in a solo movie more than any other Avenger.
It’s taken a while, but super heroines finally seem to be getting the spotlight they deserve. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is getting her own film next year and Captain Marvel will hit theaters in 2019. But Natasha Romanoff? Like I said, the hints are strong; Kevin Feige just dropped another one in an interview with Deadline:
“I would say certainly the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow,” he said. “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.”
This is VERY straight forward. We now know that Marvel and Disney are certainly working on plans to meet the demands of their fans, although it probably won’t happen until Phase 4 of the MCU. Until Infinity War (to be renamed soon) we only have two years left, in which currently four movies are planned. Crammming a Black Widow in there just for the sake of it perhaps wouldn’t be the best move.
I’ve said this before in another article, but I think there are two great arguments for having a Black Widow movie in Phase 4. After Infinity War we will be introduced to an unprecedented number of new characters, as well as new themes. Having a familiar character like Natasha Romanoff in that chaos would be very helpful to guide us through that transition, showing us that it’s still the same MCU we know and love. Secondly, what if she took over the role of Nick Fury? Certainly there will be new threats after Thanos, and someone will need to assemble a team once again to stop those threats, just like Fury did in Phase 1. As Romanoff is very close to Fury, I could very well see this happening.
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