– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If there’s one character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe who seems perfect for a spinoff film, it’s Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. I know I’m not alone when I say that before the character was first introduced in Iron Man 2, I didn’t think Johansson’s portrayal of the the femme fatale would come across well. Heck, even after Iron Man 2, I wasn’t sure. Sure, the film managed to convince that she could kick some bad guy ass (that much they were able to accomplish), but could I imagine her actually standing up in her own film?

Not just yet.

The Avengers was the first movie where I started to legitimately buy into her take on the character. That’s not to say that she was ever bad. For some reason, I had it in my mind that she wasn’t as great as she could be, and that dumb mentality stuck with me, no matter how wrong it was. Finally, it was her supporting role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier that won me over completely. We got to see many extra layers to her character in this one, and I grew to find her turncoat personality endlessly interesting.

Ever since that film hit, there’s been fan enthusiasm for a spinoff film for her — but nothing has happened yet? In a recent interview with Total Film (via Collider), Johansson talked about the biggest hurdle for Marvel: Time.

“I’ve talked to Kevin Feige about it. 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.

“Marvel has a really huge roster. 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.”

Okay, so what’s the likelihood of all this working out? Johansson doesn’t seem too incredibly optimistic, unfortunately. Though she does know the hunger that fans have for this movie, she seems careful to say that she herself may not quite be up for it at this point.

“[I] don’t know if I have the capacity for it. 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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SOURCE: Total Film (via Collider)

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.