Marvel and Scarlett Johansson Both Want a Black Widow Movie, Still Don't Do Anything About It

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You know when you and a distant friend both loudly agree that you should see each other more often, but then spend months not making plans to visit because you both assume the other party will make the trip first? This right here is the movie-making version of that.


The idea of a Scarlett Johansson-led Black Widow movie has been floated around pretty much since the character was introduced all the way back in Iron Man 2. Johansson wants it. Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige says he wants it. And now, apparently, the two have met at least once to say directly to each other that they both want it. That’s according to Johansson, at least, who told Total Film about the meeting as part of an interview for the magazine’s Ghost in the Shell cover story:

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.

Baby steps!

It’s all well and good that Johannsson and Feige have at least met over the vague future possibility of a Black Widow movie, but it’s a sentiment we’ve heard for so long, it’s kind of insane that we’ve yet to hear really definitively one way or the other if one of Marvel’s biggest female characters is actually going to get the starring role she deserves. After all, there’s a lot of empty space on Marvel’s calendar after Infinity War ends. The excellent Black Widow ongoing series by Chris Samnee, Mark Waid, and Matt Wilson is right there, prime for adapting. Skip the teasing and just announce something, anything!




I’ll be honest, I’m no longer in any way interested in a Black Widow movie. I was for a while, back around Avengers and early Phase II. But really thinking about it, that had nothing to do with Black Widow as a character or Scarlett Johansson as an actress. The character has been rewritten for every new film, and the actress is boring. I just wanted a BW film because for a long time, it seemed like there wasn’t another woman who could get her own film in the MCU. But there are so many great characters, and Marvel has shown that it’s willing to give a chance to their most unusual characters with no need for a soft introduction in another film! That’s been obvious since Guardians of the Galaxy.

So instead of another take on the Black Widow character in the MCU starring the world’s most boring white lady, give me more Captain Marvel, and stop delaying it. Give me Kamala Khan. Give me Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, if you really wanna get weird. Give me She-Hulk. Give me Wasp, without having her as an afterthought to Ant-Man. Give me the new Thor. Hell, if Portman isn’t up for it, why not just recast and say “Mjolnir did it?”