Scarlett Johansson says that she and Marvel discuss a Black Widow-centric flick "all the time."
With the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, superhero fans will be seeing not just the latest chapter in Marvel's ongoing film universe, but also the third appearance of Scarlett Johansson's Natasha "Black Widow" Romanoff. That in mind, one has to wonder why this character, who is clearly an important part of the film universe, hasn't had her own movie yet. According to Johansson herself, it's a question that's also crossed her mind, as well as Marvel's.
"It's something we talk about all the time. Marvel is certainly listening, and working with them for several years now you see they respond to the audience demand for something like that," said Johansson in a recent interview. "There's certainly a lot of material to mine. I could certainly see her fitting into a great espionage story or something like that."
Johansson would go on to express her belief that a starring role for Black Widow could be a great opportunity for female superheroes who haven't been given as much attention from Hollywood as their male counterparts. "I think it would be exciting to be a part of a franchise or a standalone film where the female superhero used those opportunities as more than moments to stop, pause and look sexy, and actually have a lot of a real depth to the story," she said.
Just personally, we'd be inclined to agree. With the Marvel film universe already moving steadily toward a second Avengers film, it's well past time that the studio turned the limelight away from the superheroes and toward a superheroine. Heck, who knows, maybe if Marvel produced a successful Black Widow film, Warner Brothers might hurry along the process of giving Wonder Woman a movie where's not third fiddle to Superman.