As we now know, Marvel is having a female-led film by the name of Captain Marvel in 2018 (wrote an article about it earlier, so check it out.)
But long before that, fan-favorite and first female Avenger [Black Widow](movie:1070824), portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, has been wanted to have a solo film.
And now we know, there was official talks.
Courtesy of Collider, we now have this from Black Widow herself
“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.”
Fans know it was always somewhere in the works, and we do not have confirmation that it was even scrapped.
Marvel didn't know what audiences would think of the now popular character, even Avengers director Joss Whedon has said he wrote Wasp into a draft of the film because there was no word on the character's future
Johansson went on to say this:
“For instance, I wasn’t contracted into doing ‘Cap’ movies, but that storyline worked out so well I kind of branched off and I found myself in that standalone movie. My contract is kind of mutating, I guess [laughs] or morphed to fit the demand of the character.”
Unlike several [Marvel](channel:932254) actors, Johansson, as well as Mark Ruffalo, just have a set number of films on their contract, not films that they are obligated to appear in, as evidenced by her comments above.
So what would this potential film contain
This is not based off of a comic, but Marvel films may be headed in that direction, so here we go:
The film could be about The Winter Soldier and Black Widow's Cold War origins, but they might have to do a little fidgeting with age.
Black Widow is first scene (get the pun?) in the Black Widow training camp that we saw in Agent Carter, just completed her training. She is contacted by the Red Room in order to get into the Battle Field
They pair her with a mysterious operative, one we know as Winter Soldier, and put them on a special-ops team.
They carry out several missions, including some for HYDRA and Baron Zemo, Sr. (We can assume Bruhl is Jr because of how young he is, or he could just have Infinity Formula) Zemo is known for his fascination with magical/mythical things, and they are set off to go capture powered beings we now know of as ...
They come into contact with these individuals, capturing them and delivering them to Zemo until finally they converse with one, maybe Skye's mom, Jiayang, and find out what they are doing.
They of course fight against Zemo, but are eventually thwarted by HYDRA's forces. The Winter Soldier, of course, is brainwashed and put into cryo-sleep or whatever they call it in Marvel, but they torture Widow and leave her to die.
Eventually though, she is contacted by SHIELD and brought in, slowly rising through the ranks until...
Budapest happens in the sequel. This can also be used to explain the "red in her ledger" and provide further backstory into the Inhumans, as well as to why Sebastian Stan has such a lengthy contract (Captain America?)
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