There comes a time when a story needs to be told; when we need to explore a character after having them appear in our favorite fiction for such a long time. After watching Age of Ultron I’m convinced that we need to see a Black Widow project. Although seeing Natasha Romanoff on the big screen in a solo flick isn't in the works, why not grant this amazing character her just due with a SOLO movie!
Darren Franich recently wrote on EW a piece on how Marvel has done such a wonderful job elevating the Black Widow to one of the greatest female superheroes onscreen; yet they don't have a clue on what to do with her. I can't agree more! Here they have this female superhero icon who is far more popular than any other female superhero character other than Wonder Woman.
Taken as a little girl and trained in the arts of espionage and assassination via the KGB, Natasha Romanoff is one of the best non-powered of all time. She can stand toe to toe with any non-powered hero you put in front of her.Natasha Romanoff is one of those characters that have a past full of intriguing storylines; especially her early days. Heck, even director Joss Whedon has suggested a Black Widow solo movie and Scarlett Johansson said YES when asked by ET.
Joss is right! Black Widow deserves her own movie; it's time to get past her being bounced around in cameos on Captain America or Iron Man films outside Avenger movies.
It's time to elaborate further on the life of Natasha Romanoff. Just take a small look into her rich comic publication history.
The Black Widow's first appearances were as a recurring, non-costumed, Russian-spy antagonist in the feature "Iron Man", beginning in Tales of Suspense No. 52 (April 1964). Five issues later, she recruited the besotted costumed archer and later superhero Hawkeye to her cause. Her government later supplied her with her first Black Widow costume and high-tech weaponry, but she eventually defected to the United States after appearing, temporarily brainwashed against the U.S., in the superhero-team series The Avengers No. 29 (July 1966). The Widow later became a recurring ally of the team before officially becoming its sixteenth member many years later.
The Black Widow was visually updated in 1970: The Amazing Spider-Man No. 86 (July 1970) reintroduced her with shoulder-length red hair (instead of her former short black hair), a skintight black costume, and wristbands which fired spider threads. This would become the appearance most commonly associated with the character.
In short order, The Black Widow starred in her own series in Amazing Adventures #1–8 (Aug. 1970–Sept. 1971), sharing that split book with the feature Inhumans. The Black Widow feature was dropped after only eight issues (the Inhumans feature followed soon, ending with issue 10).
Immediately after her initial solo feature ended, the Black Widow co-starred in Daredevil #81–124 (Nov. 1971–Aug. 1975), of which #93-108 were cover titled Daredevil and the Black Widow. Daredevil writer Gerry Conway recounted, "It was my idea to team up Daredevil and the Black Widow, mainly because I was a fan of Natasha, and thought she and Daredevil would have interesting chemistry." Succeeding writers, however, felt that Daredevil worked better as a solo hero, and gradually wrote the Black Widow out of the series. She was immediately recast into the super-team series The Champions as the leader of the titular superhero group, which ran for 17 issues (Oct. 1975–Jan. 1978).
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the Black Widow appeared frequently as both an Avengers member and a freelance agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. She starred in a serialized feature within the omnibus comic-book series Marvel Fanfare #10–13 (Aug. 1983–March 1984), written by George Pérez and Ralph Macchio, with art by penciller Perez. These stories were later collected in the oversized one-shot Black Widow: Web of Intrigue No. 1 (June 1999).
The Widow guest-starred in issues of Solo Avengers, Force Works, Iron Man, Marvel Team-Up, and other comics. She had made frequent guest appearances in Daredevil since the late 1970s.
She starred in a three-issue arc, "The Fire Next Time", by writer Scott Lobdell and penciller Randy Green, in Journey into Mystery #517–519 (Feb.–April 1998).
A new ongoing Black Widow comic title debuted in April 2010. The first story arc was written by Marjorie Liu with art by Daniel Acuna. Beginning with issue No. 6 (Sept. 2010), the title was written by Duane Swierczynski, with artwork by Manuel Garcia and Lorenzo Ruggiero.
Black Widow appeared as a regular character throughout the 2010–2013 Secret Avengers series, from issue #1 (July 2010) through its final issue #37 (March 2013).
Black Widow appears in the 2013 Secret Avengers series by Nick Spencer and Luke Ross.
Black Widow appears in a relaunched ongoing series by writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Phil Noto. The first issue debuted in January 2014.
Mark Ruffalo recently acknowledged how there wasn't any Black Widow action figures for his daughters highlighting another example on how Marvel is fumbling the football when it comes to Natasha Romanoff. Someone needs to recover the ball and do whats right!