The idea of a stand-alone Black Widow movie has been one of the most discussed topics of the MCU. Scarlett Johansson‘s portrayal of the classic comic book character has been prominent throughout the movies, winning the hearts of fans and providing bits and pieces of her backstory. Originally trained as a Russian operative, Natasha Romanoff has become the one member of The Avengers that reliably understands the big picture, coming through whenever she is needed.

And recently, one of Johansson’s fellow Avengers Chris Evans, showed his appreciation for her skill with the character, expressing his certainty that Johansson could carry a stand-alone movie based on her character.

Why hasn’t there been a stand-alone Black Widow movie yet?

That’s a good question. It would really just clean up, wouldn’t it? Scarlett [Johansson] is so good at everything she does. She’s played such a crucial part in the other films. She always makes her presence so felt—even when there are 50 different superheroes running around onscreen. I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens at some point in the future. I’m sure Scarlett would be open to it.

Of course, there is still no official news of a Black Widow movie, but we haven’t yet heard a convincing argument for it not to happen (except my constant insistence that it’s simply too late). Johansson herself recently talked about wanting it to happen.

It’s easy to dismiss all of this discussion of the movie as a chance to talk about the top-grossing actress of 2016 with any person willing to give a sound-bite, but perhaps there is more to all of this chatter. For the past year, we have heard actress after actress discuss their interest in portraying Squirrel Girl, a relatively unknown character from the comics. That chatter culminated with the announcement, last week, that we’ll be getting a live-action version of character in the new New Warriors series on Freeform.

Is all of this talk about a Black Widow stand-alone film leading to a big announcement by Marvel this summer? Are fans still as interested as the reporters who keep bringing up the subject? Let us know what you think, in the comments!

Source: Elle, via Bam Smack Pow