Marvel fans are united in their desire for a Black Widow movie, but no one’s quite sure what it would look like. There are plenty of possibilities, such as the (presumably) bloody Budapest mission mentioned in The Avengers, where she and Hawkeye teamed-up and shot a lot of people. And of course, there’s Widow’s red ledger, which she’d like to erase or suppress.
Black Widow is such a complex and interesting character that Marvel could tell any number of stories with this character and fans would show up. The film could go old school a la Jason Bourne or Mission: Impossible-style espionage or simply dig into the Marvel archives for a pre-existing comic book story. The opportunities are limitless.
Scarlett Johansson spoke with ET (via ComicBook) on the set of Avengers: Infinity War where she offers some thoughts on the topic. Johansson explains how her life shaped the character, and how the character has informed her life:
“I mean I’ve played this character for a long time. It’s been probably like eight years or more, and so much has happened in my life, my life as a performer and happened in my life personally.”
She then expands on what her hopes are for the movie, if it happens (it will):
“I love playing this character, and I think there is definitely an opportunity to explore the Widow as a woman who has kind of come into her own and is making independent and active choices for herself probably for once in her life. You know she hasn’t always had that possibility so if it fit that criteria then yes I would want to do it.”
OK, OK, fans are excited, Johansson is excited, but what the hell is the Black Widow movie going to be about? Avengers: Infinity War director, Joe Russo, provides some insight:
“There’s so much to explore with a character whose history was as a villain, and you know, Scarlett does such a good job of playing that character and people are so used to that character that you forget the character’s history, and so there’s a lot of compelling stories to tell about someone who has a dark past.”
Fine, nobody is going to tell us anything. That’s just fine. Also, Russo’s comments do not imply that he’s going to be involved with the project, but after directing Johansson in four Marvel movies, he certainly knows the character and realizes her potential. There’s clear momentum for a Black Widow movie, but Marvel is keeping a tight lid on just about everything after Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, as the outcomes are likely to massively alter the MCU as we know it.
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