– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The idea of a Black Widow film is one that has been a long time coming, and many audiences are thrilled now that Marvel Studios is set to take it seriously. However, if a new report from Daily Mail is true, then actress Scarlett Johansson has upwards of 25 million reasons to be excited as well.

According to the outlet, Disney and Marvel have already signed a deal that will land Johansson a crazy $25 million. This doesn’t include a bonus for the movie’s box office performance. Should the film break $900 million worldwide, Johansson will get another pay boost, making the potential payday for her around $31 million. While $900 million may seem like an overly-steep hurdle, we can’t forget Johansson’s popularity, the character’s popularity, and audience’s hunger for more female superheroes.

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Here’s what a source told the outlet:

“Scarlett will get a huge pay day for the Black Widow film, which Disney believes could eclipse Wonder Woman in terms of a female-led superhero film’s revenue. She has been a lucky charm for the studio in all their films, and brings her A-game during each performance. Scarlett is adored by Disney’s top brass and is a real team player. This stand-alone movie is out there for them, but they feel it can make history. The wages are high, but nothing she doesn’t deserve given her track record as this character.”

Honestly, this is mostly great news. Johansson has been a big part of this universe, and now that she’s getting her own film, it makes sense she’d make some big bucks. However, I do have one concern.

Black Widow — more than any other hero — is one that’s more suited to a midbudget film. All of a sudden, there’s an upfront cost of $25 million, putting the pressure on the film to be big enough in scope to be mainstream. Rather than settle on a potentially-fitting $80 million budget, the pressure is on to throw in more action set pieces that push it up to $130 million, and before we know it, we have another typical superhero film when it could very well have been a more interesting thriller.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.