Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow has been a vital part of the MCU since 2011, however, her character was never really more than the second fiddel, a human among gods, monsters and billionaires in high-tech suits. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the exception here. She has lots of potential for very interesting storylines, though; just look at her dream/vision in Age of Ultron. Her past with the KGB, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye and lastly S.H.I.E.L.D. certainly offers countless stories that could be made into a movie, or perhaps even a Netflix series.
Still, nothing like that has happened.. yet. With the ever growing call for more female-led superhero movies, and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman now being established as a core member of the on-screen Justice League, one could expect Marvel to be rushing to develop a Black Widow script. Sorry to disappoint, but this is not happening, at least not for a very long time – but Marvel Studio boss Kevin Feige is not completely ruling it out. During the press day for Captain America: Civil War he spoke about the MCU after Avengers: Infinity War and he did tease plans for a Black Widow solo movie:
“Yes, for sure, I think [Black] Widow at some point would be great. But when you start talking about things that are now four/five years away…sometimes we do that. ‘Doctor Strange’ has been talked about for ten years. But we’re focused on the next nine movies, which is a lot, between now and 2019.”
He makes a good point, squeezing a Black Widow film into this already very full schedule just for the sake of it could be too much. Although the project itself would certainly be a step in the right direction for Marvel, it might actually be better off in Phase 4, so after Infinity War. Those last two Avengers movies will mark the end of the MCU as we know it, and having some familiarity to guide us as we transition to new characters, settings and themes would surely be helpful. Natasha Romanoff could even, in addition to a solo movie, be taking over the role of Nick Fury and thus become a pivotal key figure that pulls the strings in the background, trying to do good in the world by bringing the right people together.
What do you guys think? Do you want to see more of the Black Widow, maybe even starting in Infinity War? Let us know in the comments and on social media!