Downey Comments On A “Black Widow” Film

So when in the world will Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character get her own stand-alone movie? She’s been a big part of at least three released Marvel films and one upcoming one after all.

Now, her co-star Robert Downey Jr. has revealed his thoughts on the topic during a recent interview with USA Today, saying the actress deserves some time off – especially considering she’s about to have her first child:

“Doesn’t Scarlett deserve a break? Look, I think that the interesting thing particularly after Guardians (of the Galaxy) with Zoe (Saldana), (or) even from the first Iron Man where Pepper was kind of this really – to me the Iron Man franchise would never have taken off without (Gwyneth) Paltrow.

There’s something about her that grounded the story. She’s not your typical lady in a superhero movie, and then by Iron Man 3 she’s swallowing serums and putting on suits and kicking (butt) and all that stuff. It would be kind of more appropriate for a character that already was like a Black Widow (to lead a movie). It just seems like whatever Scarlett does people want to go see it.”

He adds that some of his fellow Avengers co-stars deserve their own films:

“The funny thing is honestly at this point everyone deserves a franchise. I think Jeremy Renner is – when folks see the Avengers: Age of Ultron he’s just a rockstar, a bada-. And Ruffalo is pumped. He does great (work). I’d like to hear them talk even more seriously about a Hulk franchise, because that’s been one of the toughest ones to get right. But I’m sure that my parent company is feeling expansive and and bold after the summer they’ve had.”

The comments follow some from “Game of Thrones” key episode director Neil Marshall last week where he expressed interested in directing a “Black Widow” movie.