After numerous appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where the heck is the Black Widow movie?
Well, don’t rule it out quite yet.
Speaking with Collider during the Avengers: Age of Ultron press junket, Johansson was asked about whether or not she felt Black Widow could support a solo film.
I think that there’s room for a standalone movie. The character has a really rich origin story and I’ve been really fortunate to kind of place all these layers on top of one another and kind of build up this character to this point where I think I can now start to peel them away and reveal different sides of her and really focus on—I think I’ve been able to grow with the character, the character’s been able to grow with me.
Her dilemma that she faces it’s a deeply personal one, she has this great, huge, epic kind of calling and now is suddenly going, ‘Wait a minute. I have this epic calling, but I wanna make a choice for myself. I feel like I’ve put in the hours, I should be able to make active choices’ and she inevitably chooses the heroic path and kind of puts her own personal desires and needs aside. Those are things that kind of butt up against each other and interesting things happen when you have a character that’s pulled in many different directions and in my mind there’s room for plenty more Black Widow and certainly more—I think I could see her in a standalone film.
Of course, this begs the question whether or not a solo film has even been discussed. The short answer is, ‘yes.’
I’ve spoken to Kevin [Feige] about it. I mean, of course, of course we’ve had that conversation before, and I think Kevin would also like to see a standalone film. I think I can speak for him and say that. That’s all, really. Right now I think this character is used well in this part of the universe, but I think that Kevin—I mean, we’ve talked about it and we both share similar vision for what could be a standalone series.
With the Marvel schedule having been announced through 2019 already it seems fairly likely a solo film isn’t going to happen. I found this odd as Johansson has proven she can be a draw in action films with Lucy, but at the same time I’m not sure the character needs this. I’ve really enjoyed her time in the film series, but I like her as the constant foil to the ‘boy’s club’ mentality of these films. She’s been the voice of reason several times when they start to get out of line, and while I’m all for a female driven comic film, I just don’t know if the Black Widow in particular needs one.
As for her frequent appearances in the Avengers and Captain America films, keep those coming.