The will they, won't they saga of a Black Widow standalone movie has been dragging on for the best part of a decade. While Scarlett Johansson's character has been a mainstay in the MCU franchise, it will take the inclusion of Brie Larson and Captain Marvel to give the series a genuine female presence to lead a blockbuster.
Johansson herself has been lukewarm on the reality of the project ever truly coming to fruition in the past, despite being completely behind the idea. Now Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has put his hand up to helm the feature, but it would have to be done with his unique tone to make the film an action comedy.
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There would be no Black Widow movie without the explicit consent of the star herself. Talking about the notion to the press, Johansson was adamant that it had to find its own niche, much like Logan did from the X-Men property, or aptly enough, Thor: Ragnarok within the MCU.
"(I) don't know if I have the capacity for it," she admitted. "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."
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"I'd love to do another Thor film, because I feel like I've established a really great thing with these guys, and friendship. And I don't really like any of the other characters."
Changing outlets to i09, the New Zealander seemed to have a change of heart. He views Johansson and Black Widow as an ideal vehicle to create something special.
"In all honesty, I reckon I could probably bring something pretty unique to any of the franchises. So, I'd love to see Black Widow. (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 that?
"I really go for the underdog. (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."