For 7 long years we have bared witness to a special character that graces the MCU - Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow. The assassin in black Scarlett Johansson plays to perfection has been a mainstay since debuting in the Marvel world back in 2010 with Iron Man 2, going on to feature in The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War.
Seeing her male counterparts all receive standalone pictures apart from Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, the studio has been under pressure to deliver a film that explores her backstory in greater depth and establish Widow as one of the big players. Despite a 2019 installment for Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson, many are pondering if Widow will get the recognition and spotlight she deserves.
Ingredients Are There To Make It Happen: Johansson
Sitting down with Collider while the 32-year old is out on the circuit to promote her new science fiction thriller Ghost in the Shell, Johansson outlined where the project currently sits in the greater MCU framework.
“I’ve talked to Kevin Feige (producer) about it," replied the actress. "We’re creatively really compatible. I think we both agree that the character is right for a standalone, it’s just a case of timing at this point for both Marvel and myself.”
Outlining that herself and Marvel have plans ahead for the next few years, she argues that for a Black Widow flick to be possible, the two parties would require to iron out a deal soon as they schedule for an appropriate release date.
“Marvel has a really huge roster," she remarked. "They’re looking four years ahead. I also have a lot of things that I want to do. If I did it, I would dedicate myself completely to making it amazing. It would have to be the best version that movie could possibly be. Otherwise, I would never do it.”
Is There Enough Material, Should It Be A Crossover?
Determined that any installment would purely have to focus on her character alone, Johansson says that the very concept is exciting for her creatively.
“(I) don’t know if I have the capacity for it," admits Johansson. "I think the fans were adamant about it, it could be done. It should be done, probably. It’d have to be done the right way, though. It’d really have to be its own standalone and its own style and its own story. But there’s a lot of great stuff that you could do with it. It could just be awesome.”