Black Widow is such an awesome character in The Avengers that many fans are shocked that there's been no Black Widow solo movie yet. Scarlett Johansson is the most bankable actress ever — way ahead of Chris Evans, who's had three rather marvelous spin-off movies of his own — so why the heck have we been denied a Natasha Romanova film?
There's room on the upcoming Marvel roster for a Black Widow movie, with three slots set aside for 'Untitled MCU Movie' in May, July and November 2020. How can this much ass-kicking be ignored?
Much of Black Widow's development in recent years has been down to the almighty Joss Whedon, and he still adores the character, telling IGN:
''Well, if somebody pointed at me and said, 'Do you want to make a Black Widow movie,' the answer would be 'duh' for two reasons.''
Reason 1: Black Widow Is Mortal, And Therefore Awesome
“I think that character is very interesting and very earthbound, so it’s the kind of action that I got to do less of. Somebody like Thor [and] The Vision, when you get into your ‘Superman’ territory, it’s harder to maintain that sort of gritty action... I'd really do a spy thriller. Like really do a good paranoid sort of John Le Carre on crack kind of thing. That would be really fun.''
Gritty... Black Widow... spy thriller... paranoid... these are all cornerstones of a potentially fantastic movie. All of her back story and her harsh upbringing made Black Widow's storyline that much more fascinating in Age of Ultron, so it'd be great to see more of that.
58818 4d649e29-1999-4b70-9f70-92b10537bc8e poll How desperate are you for a Black Widow solo movie? http://images-cdn.moviepilot.com/images/c_fill,h_657,w_1083/t_mp_quality/o9geabfquafw7xhhq3ml/how-desperate-are-you-for-a-black-widow-solo-movie-1071548.png 193592 5b21aa7d-0542-4bed-a072-22371fc492ea 58818 Really, really desperate - she needs more screen time! 193593 16725f6d-32eb-48a7-a446-9bf85793fd47 58818 It'd be nice but there are other Marvel characters I'd like them to prioritize
Reason 2: Scarlett Johansson is the Bomb
''Scarlett Johansson is just delightful. She works really hard, but she just spends most of her time cracking me up.”
Scarlett Johansson is the kind of actress you rarely hear anyone expressing a dislike of. From child star to superstar, Johansson has maintained an interesting career, with the ability to segue from indie drama to big box office bucks making her ultra-valuable.
Scarlett Johansson herself is certainly willing to reprise her iconic Black Widow role again, telling Collider how much potential she feels the character has:
"I think that there’s room for a standalone movie. The character has a really rich origin story and I’ve been really fortunate to kind of place all these layers on top of one another and kind of build up this character to this point where I think I can now start to peel them away and reveal different sides of her."
In addition to Whedon and Johansson's willingness to take on the project, screenwriter Nicole Perlman, who wrote Guardians of the Galaxy, is up for a Black Widow movie, telling Cineplex back in 2014:
''The Black Widow project didn’t get to the script phase, it was just a treatment but it was pretty in depth, and hopefully one day we’ll see it.''
How much would you give to have a look at that treatment? If it was written by the writer behind Guardians of the Galaxy then it's got to be pretty great, right?
The Solo Non-Solo Avenger (Apart From Hawkeye!)
C'mon, it's getting kind of ridiculous now: look at how many movies the other Avengers have had to themselves, and none for Black Widow?
- Iron Man: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3
- Captain America: Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War
- Thor: Thor, Thor 2: The Dark World, Thor 3: Ragnarok
- Hulk: The Incredible Hulk (2008, Ed Norton)
- And none for Hawkeye, bye.
If you want to hear Joss Whedon chatting about how much he wants to do a Black Widow movie, check out the video below. He also talks about a Giles mini-series and a new original screenplay he's working on, but the Black Widow portion of the interview begins around 07:30.