In a new interview with Collider, Scarlett Johansson says that we might end up getting a Black Widow movie, after all. Hell, we might get an entire series of Black Widow movies, should we play our cards right.
Here's what she told Collider's Steve Weintraub when asked if a Black Widow movie is still in the cards:
“I think that there’s room for a standalone movie. The character has a really rich origin story and I’ve been really fortunate to kind of place all these layers on top of one another and kind of build up this character to this point where I think I can now start to peel them away and reveal different sides of her and really focus on—I think I’ve been able to grow with the character, the character’s been able to grow with me.
Her dilemma that she faces it’s a deeply personal one, she has this great, huge, epic kind of calling and now is suddenly going, ‘Wait a minute. I have this epic calling, but I wanna make a choice for myself. I feel like I’ve put in the hours, I should be able to make active choices’ and she inevitably chooses the heroic path and kind of puts her own personal desires and needs aside. Those are things that kind of butt up against each other and interesting things happen when you have a character that’s pulled in many different directions and in my mind there’s room for plenty more Black Widow and certainly more—I think I could see her in a standalone film.”
But wait! There's more! Johansson says she's not alone in thinking that Black Widow deserves a film: she's also spoken with Marvel's Kevin Feige about the project, and he agrees that it's worth exploring ... possibly as a standalone series of films.
“I’ve spoken to Kevin about it. I mean, of course, of course we’ve had that conversation before, and I think Kevin would also like to see a standalone film. I think I can speak for him and say that. That’s all, really. Right now I think this character is used well in this part of the universe, but I think that Kevin—I mean, we’ve talked about it and we both share similar vision for what could be a standalone series.”
I agree with everything said above, and would be first in line for a Black Widow movie (or a series of movies!) should Marvel decide to pull the trigger on such a thing. Make 'em dark and mysterious and lean on the character's spycraft origins and you could have something very fun, indeed. And, honestly, the character's established enough that I don't feel like you'd even need to make it a team affair. Maybe bring in Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye for a cameo or something, but let it be Natasha's show!
What do you guys think? Into a Black Widow movie? A bunch of Black Widow movies? Sound off in the comments below.