Marvel fans have been clamoring for a Black Widow solo movie ever since Scarlet Johansson first played the acrobatic, resourceful double agent in 2010’s Iron Man 2, but the studio has yet to commit to any formal plans.
Johansson has been fielding questions about a potential Black Widow spin-off for years now and as she recently told Variety, she is eager to see this film get made … as long as the right idea comes along.
“I would like for it to happen under the right circumstances. I think there’s a lot of opportunity to mine that storyline. She’s got a really rich origins story. There’s a lot of places you can go—you can bring it back to Russia. You could explore the Widow program. There’s all kinds of stuff that you could do with it. You could really uncover the identity of who this person is, where she comes from and where she’s part of.”
Johansson’s interview covers a wide range of topics, including her thoughts on the current presidential race (hint: she’s with her) but the conversation ultimately returns to her time with with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and whether a standalone film could take the form of a prequel:
“It could be something else. Where do the Avengers go? They are underground. What happens then? What happens after it all falls apart? There are so many ways you can go. I think it would just have to be very much like its own specific thing. It would have to have its own specific vibe. It would have been totally different than any of the other standalone films. I think if the fans wanted it enough, then it would probably become a reality.”
The only problem with Johannson’s response is that she doesn’t seem to grasp the fervent demand that is out there for this movie to be made. Perhaps fans need to hound her and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige even harder than they have been for the past half a decade if they want to see Black Widow get her own movie. Not that we’re endorsing that sort of behavior or anything …