ByEleanor Tremeer, writer at Creators.co
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Eleanor Tremeer

Don't get me wrong, I would kill a thousand Red Room agents for a solo Black Widow movie. But after years and years of shooting down rumors that seem to be created solely from wishful thinking, my hopes aren't exactly high that the 's arguably most interesting character will finally get her time in the spotlight.

As aggravating as the constant debate is for me, it seems that Scarlett Johansson herself is getting annoyed with the back and forth over whether the movie will actually happen.

Speaking to Total Film, Johansson seemed eager to discuss the potential solo movie — and why it's perpetually on Marvel's backburner, despite many different directors declaring their interest.

"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."

Pointing out Marvel Studios' "huge roster", and how they plan years ahead, also cited her busy schedule. With the actress appearing in Ghost in the Shell as well as having several other projects in the works, it's no secret why she's one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. Johansson stressed that she would want to dedicate herself fully to a Black Widow movie, which is why the timing has to be perfect.

"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. 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."

Natasha takes a stand in 'Captain America: Civil War' [Credit: Marvel]
Natasha takes a stand in 'Captain America: Civil War' [Credit: Marvel]

Johansson is right: A Black Widow movie would be awesome. With a long history and a tangled backstory, Natasha Romanov has always been a fan favorite. And yet, the actress sounded somewhat tentative when discussing just how much fans are asking for the solo movie.

"[I] don’t know if I have the capacity for it. I think the fans were adamant about it, it could be done. It should be done, probably."

seems to have taken a Ben Affleck approach to this, stressing she'll do the movie as long as the script and timing is perfect. And, y'know, if Marvel Studios actually give it the green light. Considering the points Johansson made — Marvel's ironclad schedule, her own projects, the importance of perfection — it seems less and less likely that this movie will happen. But hey, maybe that's a good thing: After all our years of imagining what a Black Widow movie could be, there's no way it could live up to our expectations.

Yeah. That doesn't bring me much comfort either.

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[Source: Total Film]


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