When it comes to the larger superhero movie “genre,” there has been a continued push for better diversity within the casts – something that we’re seeing with the currently filming Spider-Man: Homecoming – but also the superheroes themselves. As all studios strive to better represent the world at large, part of that need to diversify includes giving female characters larger roles. It’s something that Hollywood itself is finding itself under fire for, not just superhero movies. However, there’s no denying that Marvel hasn’t seen plenty of backlash not only for their lack of female led films set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also the lack of a Black Widow movie – a character that has been in the spotlight of their universe since 2010, serving as one of the key players.
Ever since our first encounter with Natasha, Scarlett Johansson has been portraying the character and has taken the role to new heights, so much so that people have continually been pushing for a Black Widow stand alone movie. This role clearly has changed Johansson’s fame, including making her the highest grossing actress in history. In a recent interview with Michigan Avenue Magazine, Johansson was asked about her career trajectory and when she was asked about her favorite role, Black Widow was ultimately and unsurprisingly the answer.
It’s difficult! I really like playing Natasha; playing the Black Widow [in The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War]. It’s been an interesting journey, to take a character and grow it over these years, and peel the layers back and be able to, as you do in life, grow with this person. It’s a character that’s really enigmatic and has an amazing origins story, so there’s a lot for me to play off of.
It is not just the fact that Black Widow is one of the lone female superheroes currently on screen or that Johansson is arguably the biggest female actress in Hollywood, but also that she has been given a meaningful and prominent role over the last few years in the MCU. Fans and even Marvel writers want a standalone film, which only proves just how well she has been received by viewers. Why is this the case exactly? According to Johansson, people want to learn where the next story leads for her.
People like the puzzle pieces. It’s part of the fun of the Marvel franchise. They like to see these little pieces come together, and [discover] little references that they knew from the comics and stuff, so it’s fun. I like that.
There is little doubt in my mind that by the time Phase 4 comes around that a Black Widow film will finally be on that release calendar, as long as she makes it out of Avengers: Infinity War, that is. Unfortunately, we do not know when we will see her next prior to Infinity War. Unless she has a surprise appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming or Black Panther, we might just have to wait that long. Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Source: Michigan Avenue Magazine.