When it comes to characters that fans are eager to see lead their own solo flick, Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow has consistently proven to be a top pick by fans. We first met the character back in 2010’s Iron Man 2, a film that was widely viewed as a misstep by Marvel Studios after the wonderfully received first film. Yet, while the film was a bit all over the place, it did succeed with one thing: introducing Black Widow into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character quickly became a fan-favorite, especially after The Avengers was released in 2012, and has since become the third lead of the franchise alongside Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) and Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), although, unlike those two, she has never led her own film. That isn’t for a lack of fans trying, though. Back in 2014, after the character served as a lead in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, conversations regarding why Marvel Studios hadn’t given the character her own film continued to heat up – especially after a potential Black Widow film was left off the Phase Three line-up – leaving Marvel Studios brass Kevin Feige to explain that Widow would go on to play a large role in the MCU going forward. Still, that hasn’t lessened the hopes of fans still eager to see a Black Widow film in the MCU at some point.
During a recent poll held by the folks over at Fandango, Johansson’s Black Widow easily took the top spot against the likes of Vision (Paul Bettany), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and War Machine (Don Cheadle) that asked which character fans would like to see lead their own film.
In a poll of more than 1,000 moviegoers who’ve already bought tickets for Captain America: Civil War (which previews in theaters Thursday night), conducted by ticket site Fandango.com for USA TODAY, 48% said Scarlett Johansson’s secret agent was the Avenger they’d most want to watch in a standalone feature. Paul Bettany’s android Vision received 15% of the vote, followed by Anthony Mackie’s winged Falcon (12%), Jeremy Renner’s ace archer Hawkeye (10%), Don Cheadle’s armored War Machine (8%) and Elizabeth Olsen’s magical heroine Scarlet Witch (7%).
As great as it is to see people still really want to see a Black Widow movie happen, the chances of it becoming a reality anytime soon are slim to none. Marvel’s Phase Three line-up is (mostly) set, and unfortunately, the soonest we’d see a possible Black Widow movie would be in Phase Four. For now, those of us eager to see more Black Widow within the MCU can enjoy her character’s arc in Captain America: Civil War, which will hit movie theaters this Friday.
Source: USA Today.