Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. #BlackWidow, has been a supporting character in films like Captain America, Iron Man, and all the Avengers movies; those appearances have made the highly-trained spy a fan-favorite to get her own standalone movie for years. While nothing's been concrete regarding the project, people like Kevin Feige and Scarlett Johansson herself have expressed their interest in a Black Widow-centric film from time to time.
Now, Johansson has given us a clearer picture of the state of the Black Widow solo movie and how she feels about it. The actress is currently hard at work promoting her upcoming film, #GhostInTheShell, and she gave an interview to Total Film magazine. As it's become commonplace for actors involved in the superhero genre promoting another project, the subject of a Black Widow movie came up. And she had this to say:
“I’ve talked to Kevin Feige about it. We’re creatively really compatible. I think we both agree that the character is right for a standalone, it’s just a case of timing at this point for both Marvel and myself.”
Though, according to her, both her schedule and that of #Marvel Studios are a bit complicated, so if it were to happen, it would have to be very carefully planned:
“Marvel has a really huge roster. They’re looking four years ahead. I also have a lot of things that I want to do [...] If I did it, I would dedicate myself completely to making it amazing. It would have to be the best version that movie could possibly be. Otherwise, I would never do it.”
Now, this last statement truly worries me, because we heard the same type of comments multiple times from Ben Affleck regarding The Batman and... well, let's just say things haven't been looking bright for the Dark Knight's cinematic future.
That worry was heightened by her (kinda) retracting her stance on the film by saying:
"[I] don’t know if I have the capacity for it. I think if the fans were adamant about it, it could be done. It should be done, probably [...] It’d have to be done the right way, though. It’d really have to be its own standalone and its own style and its own story. But there’s a lot of great stuff that you could do with it. It could just be awesome.”
The question is...
Would A Black Widow Film Work?
Short answer: Yes. Some might see the project as hard to pull off because of having a female lead, but that's not the case at all. The challenge comes with how to make - what I assume would be - a more grounded and contained story in the spirit of Natasha Romanoff relevant when it's set in a universe with flying gods and web-slinging teenagers.
So it's a matter of not making her gritty storyline feel out of place in a larger-than-life universe. Because of that, I'm glad Marvel is taking its time shaping up the story and the course of the film to get things just right.
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However, if something is happening, it better happen soon, as #ScarlettJohansson previously talked about her retirement from the character during an interview with Variety:
"It would have to fit in the idea of where they want to go. I’m invested in that character. Marvel is greatly invested in that character. If I did it, I’d have to do it while I still actually wanted to wear a skin-tight catsuit. I don’t know how much longer that’s going to be."
Fortunately it looks like something is indeed happening. Marvel Studios is definitely interested in a Black Widow film. When Captain America: Civil War was released in May of last year, Kevin Feige was asked which characters from that film were most likely to get their own solo adventures. He stated:
“We’ve announced the next nine movies [...] through the end of 2019. [...] Of the characters that you’ve just mentioned I would say certainly the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow. [...] 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.“
Imagine a movie where Black Widow and Winter Soldier go back to Russia to explore their past. Natasha takes the lead and Bucky is her support, similar to the roles of Steve Rogers and Natasha in Captain America: Winter Soldier, but reversed. As Marvel likes to differentiate its movies by different genres, make it a slick, '60s-era James Bondian spy movie. To give you a taste, check out this fan-made opening credits sequence for a fictional Black Widow movie:
How amazing could a movie like that be? Let's just hope Marvel gets to work on a Black Widow movie soon.