‘Black Widow’ Solo Movies Have Been Discussed, According to Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson made an impressive, ass-kicking debut in Iron Man 2, but she really solidified herself as more than just a resourceful spy with amazing gymnastic skills in the first Avengers film. Since then, we’ve been dying for Black Widow to get her own solo movie, and as excited as we all are for Marvel to make their female-centric superhero movie debut with Captain Marvel, it’s odd that the studio hasn’t announced a Black Widow film yet. According to Scarlett Johansson, it’s been a topic of conversation.
There’s still hope, guys. In an interview with Collider, Johansson talked about lending more depth to her heroic character during her time in the MCU, and with all the story and character-building they’ve done, there’s definitely enough to go on for a Black Widow movie:
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.
Even though Marvel didn’t reveal plans for a Black Widow solo movie during their Phase Three announcement, Johansson says she’s definitely had conversations with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige about not just one film, but a series of solo adventures:
I’ve spoken to Kevin 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.
Johansson also revealed that she wasn’t initially contracted beyond Iron Man 2, but since the fans had such an overwhelmingly positive response to her character, Marvel asked her to stick around. She went on to essentially become the co-star of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Fans love Black Widow, and it’s because of that affection that she’s become such a crucial part of the Avengers team. Hopefully Feige and Marvel will unveil plans for a Black Widow solo movie soon.
Until then, we’ll see our favorite lady Avenger on the big screen soon when Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1.