Elle Magazine recently sat down with Chris Evans and discussed a number of topics. From politics, sports, and dating, the interview covered the gamut of information you would expect. (It also includes a shirtless photo of Mr. Evans with whip cream on his chest. Sometimes there's not enough a person can do to forget an image.) One tidbit of information the interview gave was his comments on a potential Black Widow movie.
"That's a good question. It would really just clean up, wouldn't it? Scarlett [Johansson] is so good at everything she does. She's played such a crucial part in the other films. She always makes her presence so felt—even when there are 50 different superheroes running around onscreen. I wouldn't be surprised if that happens at some point in the future. I'm sure Scarlett would be open to it."
For my money, the fact we haven't seen a Black Widow movie from Marvel is a crime. The character has a rich history they could explore, whether it be her training in the Red Room in Russia to her early adventures with SHIELD. While Marvel is finally making a female led superhero movie with the upcoming Captain Marvel, the fact that they have an actress as talented as Scarlett Johansson and are using her only in supporting roles is just a waste.
The Sony email leaks from a couple years back did have an internal Marvel memo from CEO Ike Perlmutter where he talked about the failures of female led superhero movies. The movies he mentioned in the memo, Catwoman, Electra, and Supergirl, were all notoriously bad movies. Permanently closing the book on female led superhero movies due to the failure of a few movies seems seriously short sighted.
Women are just as important to comic and movie fandom, if not more so. The company that makes a quality female starring superhero movie is set to make some major bank. The only issue those filmmakers would have to address would be quality.
So what do you think? Do you want to see a Black Widow solo movie? Do you want to see women more represented in typically male led genres? Is it short sighted of a company to not make films based on the bad performance of movies that are more than a decade old? Sound off in the comments section below.
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