Scarlett Johansson received some award the other day, which is great for her but not all that important to the rest of us. However, what came out of that event is a bit more interesting. Kevin Feige was on hand to honor the Black Widow star and in so doing dropped the fact that Scarlett Johansson is working on a “top-secret” Marvel Studios project of some sort as a producer.
“We are already working with Scarlett on another non-Black Widow related top-secret Marvel Studios project with her as a producer,” Feige said while reflecting on Johansson’s many qualities. “Scarlett is one of the most talented, versatile, and beloved actors of our time. It has truly been a pleasure to work with someone of her caliber. From those epic training sessions preparing for the hallway fight in Iron Man 2, to the around-the-world press tour in Avengers: Endgame, to partnering with you as a producer on Black Widow, working with you, Scarlett, has truly been one of the most memorable and rewarding collaborations of my career.”
So Black Widow fans should not get too excited for a return of the now-deceased character as it appears that Johansson will only be producing whatever this next MCU project is. She became the first Marvel actor to produce a Marvel film with Black Widow, but it appears she will be moving away from the character to continue producing in the MCU. Whether that’s a new TV show or film isn’t known and could even be something that is entirely unrelated to Black Widow as a whole, despite Florence Pugh evidently being set up to continue the franchise.
A new top-secret project makes for a dramatic turn for Marvel and Scarlett Johansson after the actress launched a lawsuit against Disney this year over profits from Black Widow, which released day-and-date on Disney+ and in theaters. That lawsuit was settled out of court with both sides obviously happy with the outcome and has been heralded as setting a new precedent for actors’ contracts when it comes to streaming/theatrical profits.