When Black Widow was introduced in 2010’s Iron Man 2, she instantly became a favorite among fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the time, there was no telling just how large her role would become within the MCU, but many hoped we’d get to see her lead her own film. That, of course, has yet to happen.
As Phase One came to an end, and then Phase Two was announced, many figured we’d see a Black Widow film on the schedule. Again, it didn’t happen. So naturally, when the Phase Three event happened back in October of 2014? Fans, who had begun to become more vocal about their desire for a Black Widow film, surely believed we’d see it happen and that Kevin Feige would reveal a Black Widow logo and release date on the big screen. No such luck. (On a happier note, that’s when Captain Marvel was at least confirmed!)
Fast forward to 2016. Scarlett Johansson has now been playing Black Widow on the big screen for approximately six years, and unlike a majority of her co-stars, she has yet to lead her own film. This isn’t because Johansson isn’t interested – in fact, she’s been ready to for it to happen for awhile now – or because fans don’t want it. According to Feige, it’s simply because she’s an important part of the other films. And sure, that’s understandable as she is important to the other films, but surely that isn’t reason enough not to give the character her own film.
While at the New Orleans Wizard World Comic Con this past weekend, Joe Russo, who was there to promote Captain America: Civil War, said fans need to keep demanding it. He also went on to say that he believes “it’s time” for it to happen.
"Keep pressuring them. I think it's time." -Joe Russo on a Black Widow movie.
— Comicbook.com (@ComicBook) January 10, 2016
Apparently, not only does he believe that it’s time the character led her own film, but he’d also be interested in directing said film alongside his brother, Anthony Russo, should it ever become a reality.
Joe Russo: Hell yeah! We love that character
Anthony Russo: And we love Scarlett.
Joe Russo: We find that the character is one of if not the richest character in the Marvel universe. A very complex character, haunted by demons and her understanding of the world is fascinating. I think there is a lot that can be done with that character.
As it stands, it doesn’t seem like we’ll be seeing a Black Widow film anytime soon, but it’s nice to hear the Russo brothers talk so fondly of the character and the potential that is there for a solo film.
If Marvel were to make a Black Widow film, what would you like to see them do? And who would you want to direct the film? Sound off in the comments below!