Playing one of the supporting cast of Marvel's superheroes, Scarlett Johansson would debut her Black Widow character for the 2010 title Iron Man 2. Since that time, the 32-year old has taken part in four more MCU features as well as an untitled cameo in Thor: Ragnarok.
As the studio builds towards the 2018 extravaganza that will be Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel comic book creator Stan Lee has weighed into the "will they," "won't they" debate over Black Widow's slated standalone movie. Not only did the veteran reply in the affirmative, but he more or less issued a guarantee that it become a reality in the foreseeable future.
ScarJo Will Be a Standalone Entity Someday: Stan
Before Lee would make this remark, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi outlined that the character is someone he would be eager to explore in this platform.
"(I'd like to see) Black Widow as something crazy and a bit funnier than we expect it to be. Because we know her story and it's very sullen and very dark and her history is very dark. But! What's the funny version of that? What's the more entertaining version of?"
What the Kiwi filmmaker sees is a figure who is somewhat maligned, but has the potential to develop a story completely separate from superhero baggage.
"I really go for the underdog," Waititi remarked. "(And) I think there’s a way in with any of the characters. You just have to find it and find what honors what’s already there with the source material but also brings it into a more entertaining form for the audience."
Then would come Lee and when ComicBook.com quizzed him on a Black Widow movie, he replied:
"One day there will be a Black Widow movie."
The Returning Villain That Almost Happened In Ragnarok
** Thor: Ragnarok SPOILERS AHEAD**
As Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter Eric Pearson spoke with Yahoo this week, he admitted that he originally intended the Destroyer to come back into the fold. That inclusion was meant to showcase Hela's ruthlessness from the get-go.
"I always want the villain to be really ... not-Disney," he said. "I want to give them moments where they're really massacring or crushing people, and she has that great entrance where she takes everybody out. (Originally it was extended,) and they were like, 'This is a bit repetitive, and we don't have the days to shoot it.' There was (also) a scene where she thought they were hiding the sword in the armory, this big fortress. She goes up, and the destroyer armor comes out to take her out, and she just rips that thing apart too, just to call back the destroyer armor. And it just felt like an extra beat that we didn't need. We needed to get Thor pushing back to Asgard as fast as possible."