When Marvel Studios first introduced Black Widow in 2010 as a supporting character for Iron Man 2, she became an instant fan favorite. Scarlet Johansson‘s Natasha Romanoff went on to play major roles in two Avengers films, as well as two Captain America sequels.
However, following Captain America: Civil War, the character is in a precarious situation after initially siding with Stark and signing the Sokovia Accords, but later breaking those rules and allowing fugitives Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes to escape. Now a fugitive double agent with a mysterious past, it seems the perfect time for a Black Widow solo movie. Still, despite previous comments from Kevin Feige about the likelihood of a solo movie happening, an offer from Joss Whedon to direct it, and the Russo brothers calling it a no-brainer, we have yet to see any development from Marvel on plans to give Black Widow her own film. So, when Scarlett Johansson sat down with Variety recently, she was asked about her own feelings about whether or not a Black Widow film would ever become a reality.
It’s a possibility. There’s plenty of backstory, or not, It could be something else. Where do the Avengers go? They are underground. What happens then? What happens after it all falls apart? There are so many ways you can go. I think it would just have to be very much like its own specific thing. It would have to have its own specific vibe. It would have been totally different than any of the other standalone films.
If Black Widow does receive her own film, her origin story will definitely need to be addressed. Her history with other characters like The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) has been hinted at in previous films, and Johansson mentioned the other areas that are yet to be explored:
I think there’s a lot of opportunity to mine that story line. She’s got a really rich origins story. There’s a lot of places you can go — you can bring it back to Russia. You could explore the Widow program. There’s all kinds of stuff that you could do with it. You could really uncover the identity of who this person is, where she comes from and where she’s part of.
Johansson also discussed Black Widow’s evolution as a character, both becoming stronger and more vulnerable in each film:
I never had the opportunity to play a character in a franchise before, and to grow this character as I was growing as an actor. And as the character becomes stronger in many ways, I think she also becomes more vulnerable. Her vulnerability is a strength of hers. I think vulnerability is often seen as a weakness.
With so many people at Marvel wanting this movie to happen, what are the chances that Phase 4 will include a solo outing from everyone’s favorite former-KGB, former-S.H.I.E.L.D., former-Avenger? Apparently, Johansson has discussed the possibility with Marvel frequently, and believes that the movie will happen if it’s something fans really want:
I talked to them about it often. It would have to fit in the idea of where they want to go. I’m invested in that character. Marvel is greatly invested in that character. If I did it, I’d have to do it while I still actually wanted to wear a skin-tight catsuit. I don’t know how much longer that’s going to be. [But] I think if the fans wanted it enough, then it would probably become a reality.
Do you want to see a Black Widow standalone film? If so, would you rather it be an origin story prequel, or keep moving the MCU forward? Let us know what you think in the comments below!