Black Widow has been one of the more prominent characters in the Avengers, but has yet to get her own film. She’s been instrumental in the Avengers films, as well as Iron Man 2 and the Captain America sequels.
Despite fans wanting her to get her own film, it has so far seemed to be a bit elusive. Marvel has planned out films to 2019, and nary a Black Widow film in sight — but that doesn’t mean there will never be one.
In an interview with Variety actress Scarlett Johansson discussed the possibility of a standalone film. Here’s what she said:
“I would like for it to happen under the right circumstances. 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.”
Most superhero films start off with an origin story. Johansson says that is a possibility but may not necessarily have to go that way:
There’s plenty of back story. 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.
An origin film would be pretty fascinating since it would probably have to cast Jeremy Renner as the antagonist. Remember that Hawkeye was the one sent to kill Black Widow, but brought her into S.H.I.E.L.D. instead. That would be an interesting story to see — along with the Budapest event that was mentioned in the original Avengers film.
Johansson does point out that a standalone film would have to happen between now and when she decides to hang up the catsuit:
“I think if the fans wanted it enough, then it would probably become a reality. I talked to them [Marvel] 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.”
Joss Whedon has said he would return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to direct a Black Widow film, while Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said previously that he would love to give Black Widow her own movie. Considering he said the same for Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Doctor Strange, and we have those films coming out in the next few years, I would suspect that the outlook for a Black Widow film are very good.