Despite Black Widow being one of Marvel's most prominent characters and an essential part of its cinematic universe, the studio has never given much thought to planning a solo film for her character. While many of the male superheroes have been gifted with solo film trilogies, in addition to their roles in the superhero extravaganzas that are the Avengers films, Scarlett Johansson's immensely popular Black Widow has yet to be given her own feature film. Now, a new statement from #Marvel maestro Stan Lee may indicate that we will finally get a solo Black Widow movie. Or Stan Lee could be blowing smoke up our asses.
Hope For Black Widow Fans
During a convention in Australia, Stan Lee gave fans hope that Black Widow would be given her own movie by saying:
"One day there will be a Black Widow movie."
Of course it should be noted that Lee hasn't stated when exactly the film will happen, so this could just be a distant dream from the comic creator, who, like many fans, merely hopes that one day Black Widow will get her own movie.
Ever since Natasha Romanoff was brought to the big screen, Marvel fans and casual audiences alike have been demanding a solo movie for the superhero. However, despite the clear market, not to mention Johansson's own desire for a solo movie, Marvel has not seen fit to grant the character the film she deserves.
And it's not like there haven't been directors interested in giving Black Widow the spotlight. Everyone from Joss Whedon to the Russo brothers have expressed desire in directing a Black Widow film, and most recently, Thor: Ragnarok visionary Taika Waititi threw his hat into the ring, telling i09:
"[I'd like to see] Black Widow as something crazy and a bit funnier than we expect it to be. Because we know her story and it's very sullen and very dark and her history is very dark. But! What's the funny version of that? What's the more entertaining version?"
Although it would be much better to have a female director helming the film, Waititi is just the latest in a long line of directors volunteering to make a movie fans so desperately want. Furthermore, the recent success of Wonder Woman has definitively proven that if handled correctly, a superhero movie with a female lead can be transcendent — while making big bucks at the box office. So why hasn't the Black Widow movie been made yet?
Why Marvel Hasn't Made 'Black Widow' Yet
Well, the obvious answer is sexism. Disheartened by the failures of poorly made films like Elektra and Catwoman that failed to respect their own leads, Marvel decided not to put a Black Widow solo movie on their upcoming slate. Of course, why the studio isn't quickly planning a #BlackWidow movie in the wake of Wonder Woman's thunderous success is a mystery, but it may have to do with other factors like Johansson's pay and busy schedule.
Scarlett Johansson is one of the highest paid female actors in Hollywood, so finding time in her schedule and getting the right deal with her could be two factors #Marvel has a problem with. It's possible, though, that the events of Infinity War will set a Black Widow arc in motion that could be carried on to Phase 4. Speaking to Total Film earlier this year, the actress explained that she was waiting for the right material for the film:
"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. 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."
A James Bond-esque Natasha Romanoff movie would be simply phenomenal if done right — but at this point we'd be perfectly okay with Taika Waititi's humorous take on the Russian spy's story if it means that we could finally see Black Widow in the limelight. Of course, only time will tell if Stan Lee's remarks actually do have some value. Until then, let's hope that "one day" Marvel will finally do right by Black Widow.
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