Ever since her debut appearance in Iron Man 2, Black Widow has become a more and more popular character in the Marvel Universe. Not only is she the first female Avenger, but she is one of the very few Avengers to not possess any kind of superpower (or a suit that gives her superpowers). Many fans have been craving a solo Black Widow movie, and it seems that this may be on the horizon.
In an interview on May 6th, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, admitted that they were in fact considering the idea of a standalone Black Widow movie. According to Feige, “Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of her is amazing”. The stories surrounding her “would be fun to turn into a standalone franchise”. There’s definitely no doubt that her character is interesting enough and badass enough to merit a solo movie.
Even though there are other popular Marvel characters that have yet to receive their own franchise (Hawkeye, for instance), these have previously been brushed off with the response that they work better in team-up movies. However, this time Feige outwardly agreed that Black Widow could work as a good standalone. In fact, he stated that “the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow.”
Scarlett Johansson herself has even expressed enthusiasm at the idea of a solo movie. In 2015 the beloved actress informed us of her belief that “there’s room for plenty more Black Widow”. Although she states that her character is used well in the Marvel Universe, there’s definitely room in the future for this potential movie.
The only real question that remains is the nature of the film; would it be another “let’s team up and fight” movie, or would they focus more on origins? As Johansson says, “The character has a really rich origin story”. It would seem like a waste if Marvel skipped over that completely and just made another “fight the bad guy” film, especially when Black Widow’s back story is so dramatic and traumatising.
Although none of this is an actual confirmation, and emotionally committing to something is very different than actually committing to it, it definitely gives us hope. We might have to be patient though; with so many things being released in the next few years, a Black Widow movie any time soon is asking a bit much.