Though Marvel chief Kevin Feige says they keep intending to get around to it, there are no plans yet in place for a solo “Black Widow” film with fans now campaigning heavily for one.
This week, actress Scarlett Johansson weighed in on the possibility saying she’s very open to doing a film about the character and her backstory, so long as it works with Marvel’s plans. She tells Variety:
“I talked to them 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.
I would like for [the movie] to happen under the right circumstances. I think there’s a lot of opportunity 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.”
The obvious storyline would be one in which we see how Natasha became a deadly Russian assassin, along with her first meetings with Hawkeye, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the like. Johansson said whether it’s a prequel or post-‘Civil War’ film she’s ready:
“It [a prequel] is a possibility. 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 than any of the other standalone films. I think if the fans wanted it enough, then it would probably become a reality.”
Johansson is next expected to be seen in “Avengers: Infinity War” in 2018.