Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow has been a vital part of the MCU since 2011, however, her character has always taken a back seat; a human among gods, monsters, and billionaires in high-tech suits. Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War are the exceptions here. She has tremendous potential for very intriguing storylines, though; take for example her dream/vision in Age of Ultron. Her past with the KGB, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye and lastly S.H.I.E.L.D. certainly offers countless stories that could be made into a movie, or perhaps even a Netflix series.
Still, nothing like that has happened.. yet. With the ever growing call for more female-led superhero movies, and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman now being established as a core member of the on-screen Justice League, one could expect Marvel to be rushing to develop a Black Widow script. Sorry to disappoint, but this is not happening, at least not for a very long time – but Marvel Studio boss Kevin Feige is not ruling it out. In fact, he has previously stated that Marvel Studios are committed to doing Black Widow. The project has been endorsed by a lot of people affiliated with Marvel films – namely Avengers director Joss Whedon, Anthony Mackie (who plays the Falcon) and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black – and back in May, a Fandango poll showed that Black Widow is the one character fans want to see in a standalone movie the most.
In a recent interview with Variety, Scarlett Johansson was asked about her history with Marvel Studios and how she got involved with them in the first place, as well as about the possibility of a Black Widow movie.
“I knew I wanted to be involved with Marvel and Jon Favreau.
I always like Jon Favreau’s stuff. The superhero genre was never a favorite, not that I didn’t like it. I liked all the Tim Burton ‘Batman’ movies, but I wasn’t a big comic book fan growing up. I loved ‘Iron Man.’ It spoke to me. I thought Robert [Downey Jr.]’s work was groundbreaking. It captured my attention as a person that isn’t normally a fan of that genre. It felt like we were making a big movie in a small way, or a small movie in a big way. It was an interesting challenge to be part of.”
About Black Widow…
“I would like for it to happen under the right circumstances. I think there’s a lot of opportunity to mine that story line. She’s got a really rich origins story. There’s a lot of places you can go — you can bring it back to Russia. You could explore the Widow program. There’s all kinds of stuff that you could do with it. You could really uncover the identity of who this person is, where she comes from and where she’s part of.”
So would it be a prequel?
“It’s a possibility. There’s plenty of backstory. Or not. It could be something else. Where do the Avengers go? They are underground. What happens then? What happens after it all falls apart? There are so many ways you can go. I think it would just have to be very much like its own specific thing. It would have to have its own specific vibe. It would have been totally different than any of the other standalone films. I think if the fans wanted it enough, then it would probably become a reality.”
Personally, I think a Black Widow movie would be best in Marvel’s Phase 4. Infinity War will mark the end of the MCU as we know it, and having some familiarity to guide us as we transition to new characters, settings and themes would surely be helpful. Natasha Romanoff could even, in addition to a solo movie, be taking over the role of Nick Fury and thus become a pivotal key figure that pulls the strings in the background, trying to do good in the world by bringing the right people together. For now, Captain Marvel will give super-heroines in the MCU the spotlight they deserve, with her own solo film hitting theaters March 8, 2019.