Even with Wonder Woman on the near horizon, and Captain Marvel a little further off in the distance, female superhero movies are still a scarcity in the Hollywood blockbuster landscape. When Captain Marvel was announced, some comic book fans were downright livid that Black Widow wasn't getting her own movie first. But over the past couple of years, Marvel big boss Kevin Feige has teased that Natasha Romanov will get her own solo movie eventually. Perhaps in Marvel Phase 4. Today, we get to hear from Black Widow herself, Scarlett Johansson, just what that movie might entail.
And from the sounds of it, we may be getting the Black Widow origin story that has only been teased in movies such as Age of Ultron and Civil War. But as Scarlett Johansson tells it, there are plenty of directions to take Natasha, and she has high hopes for the future. Speaking with Variety, the actress has this to say about what she hopes to see in a Black Widow movie.
"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."
As it stands, Marvel is trying to get away from the origin story. And since we know Natasha Romanov, it might seem to be reductive to go backwards with the character. It's possible that a standalone Black Widow movie could incorporate flashbacks like we've seen before, while letting Natasha's personal story progress.
Many speculate that because Black Widow revolves around espionage, that a standalone adventure could be a low budge affair, and quite profitable for the studio. Some even point to Deadpool as an example of how to properly do a Black Widow movie at this point. About building her arc, and returning Natasha to her past, Scarlett Johansson says this.
"It's a possibility. 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. 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."
We'll leave the agism associated with wearing skin-tight catsuits to the actress in question here. It's not that the Marvel actors are getting too old for their roles, it's that Marvel is looking to keep things fresh heading into the future. And that could see most of the Avengers actors dropping out of the Marvel limelight soon. But not soon enough for Scarlett Johansson to at least get one movie to herself. Kevin Feige seems to think it's a good idea. He previously had this to say about the idea of a Black Widow solo movie.
"We've announced the next nine movies, ten counting Civil War, through the end of 2019. Where we go beyond that are ongoing discussions that we'll focus on in the next few years because we have a lot to do before then. Of the characters that you've just mentioned I would say certainly the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow...We think she's an amazing character. We think Scarlett Johansson's portrayal of her is amazing. She's a lead Avenger and has amazing stories in her own right to tell that we think would be fun to turn into a standalone franchise."
As of now, Captain Marvel is the sole standalone female superhero adventure on Marvel's slate. A Black Widow movie could change that, but it's likely we won't hear these plans announced until much closer to the end of this decade, which is only four years away.
While Captain Marvel will make its way to theaters on March 8, 2019, another female superhero will arrive sooner, though she has to share the bill with her leading man. That's right, Ant-Man and The Wasp almost gets there first when it arrives in July 2018. As far as other sole female superhero characters that might get their own Marvel movie? Only time will tell. But we have a feeling Scarlet Witch will have to share her movie with Vision.