No Hulk Movie, But are we any Closer to a Black Widow Film?

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

So we know that we’re not getting a new solo Hulk movie any time soon. Anyone who read that article (or any number of my Marvel pieces) knows that I’d be very much behind a Black Widow film if they ever wanted to give it to us.

Well, Scarlett Johansson may have just made me smile a little more today. In an interview with Collider, the actress talked about the possibility of a standalone Black Widow movie.

She said the following:

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.

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.

Johansson does talk about how the character (and her contract) evolved after the studio saw how much of a positive reaction her on-screen efforts garnered. I think it was a combination of her humor and physicality that made her a fan favorite. I think she was one of the best parts of Iron Man 2 and The Avengers.

I would love to see a Scarlett don the catsuit for a solo adventure. It’s just too bad we’ll have to wait until Phase Four and 2020 at the earliest to see that happen.