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Black Widow is undoubtedly at this point Marvel's most high profile female character. Not only was she key to the first Avengers movie, she also played a key part in [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973), and will undoubtedly figure heavily in Avengers 2.

Also, Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall has just announced he would like to direct a Black Widow movie, but will we ever really see a stand alone Black Widow film?

Black Widow: Forever Captain America's Sidekick?

Marvel boss Kevin Feige has spoken about his strategy for the Marvel Phase 2 movies, stressing that one thing he looked for in all of the stories he wanted to tell was variety.

Black Widow: out from Captain America's shadow?
Black Widow: out from Captain America's shadow?

Talking about Captain America 2, one of Black Widow's biggest Marvel roles so far, Feige described what he found so exciting in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

What’s exciting to me about Cap – sort of about Iron Man 3 too if you look at it – is it’s tonally almost like a different genre. Shane Black’s described Iron Man 3 as a Tom Clancy sort of political thriller, which I like a lot. We hired our directors on Cap because they loved our explanation that we really want to make a ’70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie. Just like with the first film – we got Joe Johnston because we said, ‘We want to do a ’40s World War Two movie masquerading as a big superhero movie.’

Given that *both* [Iron Man 3](movie:24391) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier are here described as political thrillers - and that that is surely what the same category Russian Spy Natasha Romanov's movie would fall into - do you think the Marvel Cinematic Universe could take another film so similar to the earlier outings?

Scarlett Johansson's Star Power

One thing working in favor of a Black Widow movie, though, is Scarlett Johansson. She is one of the biggest stars around at the moment, and with her carrying Luc Besson's action movie [Lucy](movie:935973), she has shown that she can draw crowds on her own.

Also, Scarlett Johansson has already come out and said that she would like to do a Black Widow movie. With DC just having announced Wonder Woman, and Sony seemingly about to get in on the act with Black Cat, could this be the right time for Marvel to show that they already have the best of the bunch?

Natasha Romanov: Budapest

Natashe Romanov: The Original Black Widow
Natashe Romanov: The Original Black Widow

There are several references in the first Avengers movie hinting at Black Widow's origins. In particular, there is her determination to save the brainwashed Hawkeye, and the two of them referencing something that happened in Budapest.

Could this make up the substance of the stand alone [Black Widow](movie:1070824) movie?

In the comics, Natasha Romanov is originally a Russian spy, who, after a high profile Soviet scientist converts to the West to work with Tony Stark, is sent to assassinate both the scientist and Iron Man.

The scientist is killed, but Black Widow decides to take a different tack with Stark, romancing him and stealing from his anti-gravity ray, with which she performs several acts of sabotage. When her cover is blown, she brings in the outlaw archer Hawkeye, also using her charm to convince him to help her attack Iron Man.

This may not be the exact story followed in the movie. There is one point in [The Avengers](movie:9040) when Natasha is talking about how Hawkeye was commissioned by SHIELD to take her out, but when it came to it he "made a different call" - is this the story of Budapest, which we could see in the Black Widow movie?

What would you like to see happen in a Black Widow movie, and is there any other female led superhero film you are looking forward to more? Write in with your thoughts below the line!


What storyline would you like to see in a Black Widow movie?


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