Following the news that Scarlett Johansson will get her own MCU solo movie, the actress reveals exactly what she wants from the upcoming Black Widow.
Since first kicking ass back in 2010's Iron Man 2, Natasha Romanoff has cemented herself as one of the biggest characters in the MCU. From being a key member of the Avengers to helping soothe the Incredible Hulk, Black Widow's role is only set to get bigger in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and beyond. While everyone is currently caught in the hype of the two-movie battle with Josh Brolin's Thanos, Johansson is very much focussed on Romanoff's standalone feature.
Speaking to ET, Johansson gave her own ideas for what ambitions a Black Widow movie should have:
"I love playing this character, and I think there is definitely an opportunity to explore the Widow as a woman who has kind of come into her own and is making independent and active choices for herself probably for once in her life. You know she hasn't always had that possibility so if it fit that criteria then yes I would want to do it."
Quizzed on whether she actually would reprise her role as Romanoff outside of her roles in Civil War and the various Avengers movies, Johansson said it all depends on whether the timing (and presumably the script) is right for her as an actress:
"I think that there is a...(laughs) it's such a loaded question. Yes, I would want to in the right context and for the film to fit where I'm at, where I am in my life. I mean I've played this character for a long time. It's been probably like 8 years or more, and so much has happened in my life, my life as a performer and happened in my life personally."
Kevin Feige and co. seem more than ready to make a move on finally giving Black Widow her time to shine out from the shadows on the MCU's leading men, but a lot would ultimately depend on whether Johansson herself is willing to commit. Sure, you could have a Black Widow movie with anyone playing the part, but it just wouldn't feel right without Johansson.
As a fearsome woman plucked straight from the pages of Marvel Comics, it is no surprise that Johansson is leaning toward a movie that show's Black Widow's deadly side. Also, considering that she started her time in the MCU as something of a rogue agent working outside the law, it is no surprise that she doesn't want the movie to be a team-up. There was talk of Romanoff joining forces with her old pal Hawkeye, but it sounds like Johansson wants to fly this one solo (sorry Jeremy Renner).
Interestingly, Johansson's words also seem to confirm that Romanoff will survive the casting cull of the next two Avengers movies, but who knows, maybe Black Widow could be a prequel movie for the former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent? As for the storyline of the film, it could certainly explore her KGB past, her defecting to S.H.I.E.L.D., and her new life after taking on Thanos with the Avengers. As for the rest, there are plenty of comic book storylines to tackle from Romanoff's 54 years of Marvel service.
In the wake of women-led movies like Wonder Woman, and with talk of an all-women MCU movie somewhere down the line, Black Widow could be an important step in the studio's slate. With the next phase of the MCU promising to be more women-orientated, the likes of Thor: Ragnarok's Valkyrie and Black Panther's Shuri will lead the way. Meanwhile, Johnansson's role as Black Widow will surely help to tie the old and the new as the cornerstone of fiery female presence in the world's highest-grossing movie franchise.