Black Widow Solo Movie Closer to Reality
written by Brian Flinchbaugh
After years of fans calling for a Black Widow movie in the MCU, it appears that Marvel Studios may be giving us just that.
Kevin Feige has hired Blacklist writer Jac Schaeffer to pen a script.
This is the first official step the studio has taken to making this movie a reality. It’s now considered to be in very early development.
The studio has also met with Scarlett Johansson about the project. She’s already starred in five MCU movies as Black Widow including Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. She has two more appearances on the way inAvengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4.
There is so much in Black Widow’s history that could be explored. Will this be an origin story about how she came to work for S.H.I.E.L.D? Will it take us back to whatever happened in Budapest? Or will this develop the character further in the present day after Avengers 4? Marvel may know, but they won’t reveal any plot details until after Avengers 4.
Those possibilities mean we cannot answer the burgeoning question: Does this mean Natasha Romanoff survives the battle with Thanos? Not necessarily, of course, for it could be a prequel. But my money has been on the character being one of the most likely original Avengers to make it to phase 4 alive, and this news does nothing to change my mind.
It’s currently described as a standalone film. Could it become a trilogy?
These are all questions Marvel will leave unanswered until after Avengers 4.
Black Widow has some very dark parts of her history, but I don’t think the MCU will explore those; the character is too popular. For example, in the comics, she kills Hawkeye’s entire family. We’re not going there. (For the record, I think Hawkeye’s family may be in serious MCU jeopardy, but not from Natasha).
I can see this being a spy thriller along the lines of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Black Widow is a super-spy after all, so that’s the direction the film should take.
It should come as no great surprise that the studio may be adding Black Widow to phase 4. Kevin Feige has expressed a desire in the past for the character to have a solo film or series of films. Johansson has recently sounded like she’s done with the MCU after Avengers 4, but these things are always flexible. If Marvel wanted to keep her around, a solo film would likely do it.
Given that it’s so early in development and the MCU slate is full through 2019, this won’t happen until at least 2020. But there are two open slots for MCU films that year to go along with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. There’s a good chance Black Widow will take one of those slots.
Brian is the lead writer for Geek Vibes Nation. Follow him on Twitter @brflinchbaugh.