Many fans have been wondering when Scarlett Johansson's The Black Widow will get her own stand-alone movie, after starring in Iron Man 2, Marvel's The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall even revealed last week that he's interested in directing the movie, but we have no clue how far along Marvel is in developing Black Widow.
The actress' co-star Robert Downey Jr. chimed in with his thoughts on the topic during a recent interview, where he says the actress deserves a break before starting a new movie, especially since she's about to have her first child.
"Doesn't Scarlett deserve a break? Look, I think that the interesting thing particularly after Guardians (of the Galaxy) with Zoe (Saldana), (or) even from the first Iron Man where Pepper was kind of this really - to me the Iron Man franchise would never have taken off without (Gwyneth) Paltrow. There's something about her that grounded the story. She's not your typical lady in a superhero movie, and then by Iron Man 3 she's swallowing serums and putting on suits and kicking (butt) and all that stuff. It would be kind of more appropriate for a character that already was like a Black Widow (to lead a movie). It just seems like whatever Scarlett does people want to go see it."
"The funny thing is honestly at this point everyone deserves a franchise. I think Jeremy Renner is - when folks see the Avengers: Age of Ultron he's just a rockstar, a bada-. And Ruffalo is pumped. He does great (work). I'd like to hear them talk even more seriously about a Hulk franchise, because that's been one of the toughest ones to get right. But I'm sure that my parent company is feeling expansive and and bold after the summer they've had."