Black Widow, as played by Scarlett Johansson, is one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most popular, strongest characters, but unlike the majority of her male hero counterparts, she hasn’t been given her own standalone film. Now, one actor has added his voice to the chorus of people calling on Marvel to address this oversight.
Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Phil Coulson in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, believes Marvel Studios needs to make a Black Widow movie, and that if they don’t, it would be a “tragic waste of potential.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Gregg argued that “Black Widow has been around from day one of this…and is portrayed with this kind of heavy-hearted ferocity by Scarlett Johansson, who I think is as good as any actor working today.”
“It seems like it would be tragic, it would be a waste, if that character wasn’t given the spotlight in the way that some of the other characters have been. If I know Marvel, they won’t let that happen, because she’s too valuable an asset.”
Gregg was quick to praise Marvel for their representation of women on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and believes that Marvel has a responsibility to make sure its female fanbase is engaged by its entertainment offerings. “Y’know, I have a 13-year-old daughter and one of the things I’m proudest about with our show is that there are very strong, very intelligent women who are just as responsible for SHIELD not being exterminated as Phil Coulson – and that’s not lost on my daughter and her friends.”
While fans will still be able to see Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War this May, there’s a lot of female-driven content coming up on the TV side of things soon. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC on March 8 and the second season of Agent Carter starts up January 19.