Of all the heroes we know about that exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we know very little bout Black Widow’s history. In the five films that we have seen her in, her backstory was given in vague and sparse details. That sort of mystery would be enough for the character to get her own movie. In fact, in 2014, Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige said a Black Widow movie was in development. But as we get closer to Avengers: Infinity War and Scarlett Johansson‘s contract is near expiration, it’s becoming more likely that a Black Widow film will not happen.
However, Johansson hasn’t given up hope. While she knows there is enough material for a standalone film to happen, she isn’t oblivious to the fact that she doesn’t know how much longer she will play the character. Check out what kind of ideas she has for a Black Widow film below.
The actress spoke to Variety about the possibility of a Black Widow film. During the interview she wasn’t afraid to admit that even though there is enough material there, it would need to happen under the right circumstances:
“I would like for it to happen under the right circumstances. I think there’s a lot of opportunities to mine that story line. 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.”
Of all the members of the Avengers that we know, Black Widow’s history remains under tight wraps. In The Avengers, she bantered with Hawkeye about a mission they went on together in Budapest. She was less giving about who she was in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But we got fleeting glimpses of her past as a young Soviet spy in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Johansson is fully aware that her time playing Black Widow will eventually run out, but she does have a few ideas on how a standalone film could work and how it could be unlike any of the Marvel superhero standalone films:
“There’s plenty of back story. Or not. 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 from any of the other standalone films. I think if the fans wanted it enough, then it would probably become a reality. I talked to them [Marvel] about it often. It would have to fit in the idea of where they want to go. I’m invested in that character. Marvel is greatly invested in that character. If I did it, I’d have to do it while I still actually wanted to wear a skin-tight catsuit. I don’t know how much longer that’s going to be.”
One idea that has been floating around is a film centered on Black Widow and Hawkeye’s mission in Budapest. Of course, since Black Widow is well known in the world of espionage, it makes much more sense that her film takes a cue from the spy genre. Given how each of the standalone films has their own subgenre, we have yet to see the Marvel tackle the world of spies and what better way to do that than give Black Widow her own film.
Marvel currently has three untitled films set for release in 2020 – May 1, July 10, and November 6, respectively – which leaves some hope that Black Widow will take one of those slots.