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04.15.2015

There are over twenty films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, if we count the ones we've yet to see in addition to Marvel's Phase Three installments, but a solo Black Widow film starring Scarlett Johansson is not among them. While her character certainly hasn't been absent from the Marvel films, having appeared in IRON MAN 2, THE AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, and appearances in the upcoming AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, fans have become increasingly vocal over the years about their desire to see Scarlett Johansson headline her own film.

Collider recently spoke with the actress and asked her about the status of a Black Widow film and whether that's something she'd be interested in doing:

I think that there’s room for a standalone movie. The character has a really rich origin story and I’ve been really fortunate to kind of place all these layers on top of one another and kind of build up this character to this point where I think I can now start to peel them away and reveal different sides of her and really focus on—I think I’ve been able to grow with the character, the character’s been able to grow with me.

 

Her dilemma that she faces it’s a deeply personal one, she has this great, huge, epic kind of calling and now is suddenly going, ‘Wait a minute. I have this epic calling, but I wanna make a choice for myself. I feel like I’ve put in the hours, I should be able to make active choices’ and she inevitably chooses the heroic path and kind of puts her own personal desires and needs aside. Those are things that kind of butt up against each other and interesting things happen when you have a character that’s pulled in many different directions and in my mind there’s room for plenty more Black Widow and certainly more—I think I could see her in a standalone film.

Initially Marvel wasn't entirely sure how audiences would react to the character when she was first introduced, but since then she's become an essential member of the Marvel team with the rare ability of being able to pair off well with each character.

My contract has changed. Marvel and myself didn’t really know how the fans were gonna react to Black Widow the first time and how she was gonna be—they couldn’t anticipate how they would want to use her or if they would want to use her. I mean we invested in that character, but the audience had a great reaction to the character, which has been so awesome. For instance, I wasn’t contracted into doing Cap movies, but that storyline worked out so well I kind of branched off and I found myself in that standalone movie. My contract is kind of mutating, I guess [laughs] or morphed to fit the demand of the character.

A standalone Black Widow film could take on so many different forms, which is what makes the idea so appealing; they could go the origin route and fill us in on how Natasha Romanoff first became the Black Widow, or perhaps we could finally find out what happened in Budapest with a Black Widow/Hawkeye team-up film. The point is, whatever form the potential film ends up taking, there are still so many possibilities for the character and I for one would love to see Scarlett get that chance before she moves on from Marvel.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is fast approaching its May 1, 2015 release; are you tired of hearing that yet?

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1:38PM on 04/16/2015
I am a fan of Scarlett, both in and out of the role. I think she is a decent actress and she is damn fine to look at. That being said, a solo Widow film I think would bomb like Elektra. The character is much better as part of a team. Now a team up with Hawkeye where they are fighting side by side and romantically involved would be awesome.
I am a fan of Scarlett, both in and out of the role. I think she is a decent actress and she is damn fine to look at. That being said, a solo Widow film I think would bomb like Elektra. The character is much better as part of a team. Now a team up with Hawkeye where they are fighting side by side and romantically involved would be awesome.
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12:04PM on 04/16/2015
I'd always rather be left wanting more than get tired of a character. She was fantastic in TWS, but I still think she works best as a supporting character. Even if she gets 50% of the screen time or more. I'd rather see her as someone's right-hand man (woman) or a kickass team member. Just think some work better like that, as is the case with Hulk. Even Wolverine- as epic as he is, he's a helluva lot better on a team than in his standalone films.
I'd always rather be left wanting more than get tired of a character. She was fantastic in TWS, but I still think she works best as a supporting character. Even if she gets 50% of the screen time or more. I'd rather see her as someone's right-hand man (woman) or a kickass team member. Just think some work better like that, as is the case with Hulk. Even Wolverine- as epic as he is, he's a helluva lot better on a team than in his standalone films.
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11:30AM on 04/16/2015
I think there is definitely some potential for a Black Widow solo film. Marvel should add it to the Phase 3 line up or at least right at the beginning of Phase 4. I don't think there's any need to go back and tell her origin, it's been explained by the character and others in the movies she's been in so far. There's no need to go back and fill in the exposition with action scenes. I say they make a film taking place at the current time in the MCU continuity, perhaps a team up movie with her
I think there is definitely some potential for a Black Widow solo film. Marvel should add it to the Phase 3 line up or at least right at the beginning of Phase 4. I don't think there's any need to go back and tell her origin, it's been explained by the character and others in the movies she's been in so far. There's no need to go back and fill in the exposition with action scenes. I say they make a film taking place at the current time in the MCU continuity, perhaps a team up movie with her and Hawkeye. I think it would be cool for Phase 4 to deal with Secret Invasion and perhaps have the Black Widow film begin Phase 4 with finding out there are Skrulls in hiding on Earth. The after effects of that revelation can be shown throughout the rest of Phase 4 movies leading up to a final showdown in Avengers 5.
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11:11AM on 04/16/2015
She has red on her ledger.
Is she Natasha Romanoff or Natalie Rushmore?
I find certain things about her character to be compelling. I liked her in CA:WS. And in the Avengers she had some pretty nice scenes. in IM2 she was a talented fighter, but her character was paper thin.
She has red on her ledger.
Is she Natasha Romanoff or Natalie Rushmore?
I find certain things about her character to be compelling. I liked her in CA:WS. And in the Avengers she had some pretty nice scenes. in IM2 she was a talented fighter, but her character was paper thin.
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10:26AM on 04/16/2015
A Black Widow prequel would be really cool. As part of phase 4 or 5, so this would be a decade away still. Have it be about Black Widow on her first mission out of the Red Room and her defecting to SHIELD. It could highlight both her and Hawkeye's past. Recast both with younger actors and this could be really cool. Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner could still be there somehow, but since a movie like this would be so far away, I couldn't see either of them playing teenagers for it.
A Black Widow prequel would be really cool. As part of phase 4 or 5, so this would be a decade away still. Have it be about Black Widow on her first mission out of the Red Room and her defecting to SHIELD. It could highlight both her and Hawkeye's past. Recast both with younger actors and this could be really cool. Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner could still be there somehow, but since a movie like this would be so far away, I couldn't see either of them playing teenagers for it.
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10:12AM on 04/16/2015

Not every character needs their own movie

This feels like the whole should Mystique get her own movie discussion retreaded... just because there's a character doesn't mean that they need their own movie, that'll just lead to over saturation. I think her character works great the way they're using her, as a member of a team
This feels like the whole should Mystique get her own movie discussion retreaded... just because there's a character doesn't mean that they need their own movie, that'll just lead to over saturation. I think her character works great the way they're using her, as a member of a team
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9:14AM on 04/16/2015
I really hope they can get women to write and direct it.
I really hope they can get women to write and direct it.
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8:41AM on 04/16/2015

A Black Widow solo film is a no-brainer

ScarJo proved with LUCY that she can headline a successful action movie, and Marvel needs something to react to the upcoming WONDER WOMAN film.

Here's a premise: Black Widow has to pretend to be a traitor in order to infiltrate AIM, but Hawkeye didn't get the memo. Put Joss Whedon on the case (he has a proven track record with female-led action properties), and you'd have a monster.
ScarJo proved with LUCY that she can headline a successful action movie, and Marvel needs something to react to the upcoming WONDER WOMAN film.

Here's a premise: Black Widow has to pretend to be a traitor in order to infiltrate AIM, but Hawkeye didn't get the memo. Put Joss Whedon on the case (he has a proven track record with female-led action properties), and you'd have a monster.
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10:09AM on 04/16/2015
To be honest, this sounds like every episode of Agents of SHIELD for the past year. It also sounds like the Jennifer Garner TV series Alias. Anyway, Marvel is coming out with Captain Marvel so they don't need Black Widow if only to do a female lead. They do need somebody to replace Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / the Winter Soldier is not going to get asses in seats. There is bound to be a Black Widow movie in Phase 4 (along with a Hulk
To be honest, this sounds like every episode of Agents of SHIELD for the past year. It also sounds like the Jennifer Garner TV series Alias. Anyway, Marvel is coming out with Captain Marvel so they don't need Black Widow if only to do a female lead. They do need somebody to replace Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / the Winter Soldier is not going to get asses in seats. There is bound to be a Black Widow movie in Phase 4 (along with a Hulk stand alone movie) but because she is all over Phase 3 (Civil War and Infinity War) I wouldn't worry about it for now.
12:36PM on 04/16/2015
The difference here is ScarJo, who has more than proved her marquee value. I'd argue she's a bigger, and more bankable, star than Chris Hemsworth or Mark Ruffalo, yet studios and fans are discussing Thor and Hulk solo movies all day long.

She's headlined more successful movies than Benedict Cumberbatch, yet they're talking up his Dr. Strange as the tentpole character for the next phase of Marvel films. I don't like playing the sexism card, but it's hard not to; if any male actor had
The difference here is ScarJo, who has more than proved her marquee value. I'd argue she's a bigger, and more bankable, star than Chris Hemsworth or Mark Ruffalo, yet studios and fans are discussing Thor and Hulk solo movies all day long.

She's headlined more successful movies than Benedict Cumberbatch, yet they're talking up his Dr. Strange as the tentpole character for the next phase of Marvel films. I don't like playing the sexism card, but it's hard not to; if any male actor had Johansson's record, Marvel would be falling ass-over-teakettle to give him a solo film.
8:26AM on 04/16/2015
Not really interested in a Black Widow solo movie - she's a supporting character. I could buy her running a SHIELD special team, sort of an Avengers spin-off with some of their less established or new characters, but having a movie where she's the main focus is just too generic ass-kicking female agent. I guess the right villain would make a difference - have her going up against AIM and MODOK or something, but being in another team of heroes would be the best option for her character.
Not really interested in a Black Widow solo movie - she's a supporting character. I could buy her running a SHIELD special team, sort of an Avengers spin-off with some of their less established or new characters, but having a movie where she's the main focus is just too generic ass-kicking female agent. I guess the right villain would make a difference - have her going up against AIM and MODOK or something, but being in another team of heroes would be the best option for her character.
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5:41AM on 04/16/2015
With Chris Evans, Chris Helmsworth and Downey Junior all coming to the end of their contracts you can bet we will see Black Widow, Hulk and Vision solo movies in the future. In fact, I strongly suspect that Avengers: Infinity War Part I, based on Feige's comments, started as a Black Widow solo movie. He basically said that it was developed as a lead in to Infinity War that then became Infinity War Part I.
With Chris Evans, Chris Helmsworth and Downey Junior all coming to the end of their contracts you can bet we will see Black Widow, Hulk and Vision solo movies in the future. In fact, I strongly suspect that Avengers: Infinity War Part I, based on Feige's comments, started as a Black Widow solo movie. He basically said that it was developed as a lead in to Infinity War that then became Infinity War Part I.
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4:07AM on 04/16/2015
Sorry, but her character is a stereotype of the cool girl with the scary fighting skills. I wouldn't be interested in seeing a standalone movie about her.
Sorry, but her character is a stereotype of the cool girl with the scary fighting skills. I wouldn't be interested in seeing a standalone movie about her.
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3:57AM on 04/16/2015
I would love to see a black widow origins story so long as it then went on to cover the missions both her and Barton did together almost as a flashback film - the problem being I'd prefer it as a direct to Blu Ray film rather than cinema, the only way it would work in cinemas is if you got the big leads to cameos ala Stark, Banner and Rogers
I would love to see a black widow origins story so long as it then went on to cover the missions both her and Barton did together almost as a flashback film - the problem being I'd prefer it as a direct to Blu Ray film rather than cinema, the only way it would work in cinemas is if you got the big leads to cameos ala Stark, Banner and Rogers
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2:27AM on 04/16/2015

LOL

That is comical, if Marvel did this it would be their first bomb at the box office...

But i bet they would give her a solo film with hawked and some shield ppl hoping that if all the weak characters are in one film and they all bring their small followers it will do above average
That is comical, if Marvel did this it would be their first bomb at the box office...

But i bet they would give her a solo film with hawked and some shield ppl hoping that if all the weak characters are in one film and they all bring their small followers it will do above average
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11:01PM on 04/15/2015
If not a solo Black Widow film then add Hawkeye and Fury into the mix and make it a mini Shield film with just Hawkeye and Black Widow being the main characters. Maybe have some flashbacks in it as well to show there relationship before we saw them in Iron Man 2 and Thor.
If not a solo Black Widow film then add Hawkeye and Fury into the mix and make it a mini Shield film with just Hawkeye and Black Widow being the main characters. Maybe have some flashbacks in it as well to show there relationship before we saw them in Iron Man 2 and Thor.
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10:40PM on 04/15/2015
So I guess it's not Black Widow who's going to die in The Avengers 2.
How about waiting until the film is released to talk about future character projects? Whedon's been talking Avengers 2 up saying someone will die.
So I guess it's not Black Widow who's going to die in The Avengers 2.
How about waiting until the film is released to talk about future character projects? Whedon's been talking Avengers 2 up saying someone will die.
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10:20PM on 04/15/2015
I think Johansson is fine in the role. I think the role itself started out very weak in IM2 with her just being a femme fatale, but has progressed into something more over two films.

Still, I always think about what could have been with Emily Blunt.
I think Johansson is fine in the role. I think the role itself started out very weak in IM2 with her just being a femme fatale, but has progressed into something more over two films.

Still, I always think about what could have been with Emily Blunt.
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10:08PM on 04/15/2015
Translation for that contract statement: I was gonna be in one film for $300k plus profit bonuses, but apparently guys really wanna bang me in a tight leather one piece with a zipper for cleavage, so they gave me $3M for Cap 2, $20M for Avengers 2 when Cap 2 blew the hell up and now they really want to give me a solo film but I want $20M, they wanna pay me $5M, so we're negotiating."
Translation for that contract statement: I was gonna be in one film for $300k plus profit bonuses, but apparently guys really wanna bang me in a tight leather one piece with a zipper for cleavage, so they gave me $3M for Cap 2, $20M for Avengers 2 when Cap 2 blew the hell up and now they really want to give me a solo film but I want $20M, they wanna pay me $5M, so we're negotiating."
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9:30PM on 04/15/2015

The less Black Widow the better

She sucks in the part
She sucks in the part
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9:29PM on 04/15/2015
I honestly don't get the knee-jerk negative reactions to this. Did nobody see The Winter Soldier, where Black Widow practically stole the spotlight from Cap? You're telling me you wouldn't want to see an entire espionage movie about that with her in the lead, with perhaps Fury and Hawkeye in supporting roles? I hate to be the bearer of "bad" news, but there's an entire audience out there that's demanding this exact kind of movie, and I sincerely hope Marvel takes notice and it happens sooner
I honestly don't get the knee-jerk negative reactions to this. Did nobody see The Winter Soldier, where Black Widow practically stole the spotlight from Cap? You're telling me you wouldn't want to see an entire espionage movie about that with her in the lead, with perhaps Fury and Hawkeye in supporting roles? I hate to be the bearer of "bad" news, but there's an entire audience out there that's demanding this exact kind of movie, and I sincerely hope Marvel takes notice and it happens sooner rather than later.
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9:31PM on 04/15/2015
And an entire audience not wanting it. Stole the spotlight? No, didn't happen. She sucked in the part and is totally unbelievable as the character,
And an entire audience not wanting it. Stole the spotlight? No, didn't happen. She sucked in the part and is totally unbelievable as the character,
9:42PM on 04/15/2015
Re-watch The Winter Soldier again, but this time without any weird biases against the character and the actress. It's more than arguable that the story was more about her than it was about Cap. Yeah, I'd consider that as borderline stealing the show.

And if you are so against seeing such a movie...then maybe don't see it? A ton of other people are more than willing to shell out money to watch it.
Re-watch The Winter Soldier again, but this time without any weird biases against the character and the actress. It's more than arguable that the story was more about her than it was about Cap. Yeah, I'd consider that as borderline stealing the show.

And if you are so against seeing such a movie...then maybe don't see it? A ton of other people are more than willing to shell out money to watch it.
9:58PM on 04/15/2015
LOL she didn't steal the show it definitely hurts the character that Scarjo is an awful actress.
LOL she didn't steal the show it definitely hurts the character that Scarjo is an awful actress.
10:02PM on 04/15/2015
I thought she was good in Winter Soldier, but in no way, shape or form did she steal the spotlight...
I thought she was good in Winter Soldier, but in no way, shape or form did she steal the spotlight...
10:13PM on 04/15/2015
An awful actress? Have you seen The Prestige? Her? Lucy? Under the Skin? Chef? I mean, come on. She's objectively a great, talented actress. That's really not even up for debate.

And okay, agree to disagree about whether or not she stole the show in The Winter Soldier. I can deal with that. But we don't have to get hung up on that, either. The point is, her performance and her character stood out in that movie. Who cares about the *degree* to which she stood out? Bottom line, she did. It
An awful actress? Have you seen The Prestige? Her? Lucy? Under the Skin? Chef? I mean, come on. She's objectively a great, talented actress. That's really not even up for debate.

And okay, agree to disagree about whether or not she stole the show in The Winter Soldier. I can deal with that. But we don't have to get hung up on that, either. The point is, her performance and her character stood out in that movie. Who cares about the *degree* to which she stood out? Bottom line, she did. It showed that she's a character worth delving into in greater ways in the future.
10:40PM on 04/15/2015
I guess I'm just not a fan I don't think she's a good actress I can't buy her performances they're always kind of jarring in my opinion and take me out of the movie.
I guess I'm just not a fan I don't think she's a good actress I can't buy her performances they're always kind of jarring in my opinion and take me out of the movie.
5:46AM on 04/16/2015
I would rather see a Black Widow movie that continued the Winter Soldier plot with lots of Avengers cameos than a movie that just focused on the Winter Soldier.
I would rather see a Black Widow movie that continued the Winter Soldier plot with lots of Avengers cameos than a movie that just focused on the Winter Soldier.
8:51AM on 04/16/2015
ScarJo an awful actress? ROFLMAO That's the funniest line I've read all day.

As SauronsBANE noted, she's headlined many successful movies, managed to put a POS like LUCY on top of the box office, and many were predicting an Oscar nomination for her work in HER.

The only people not wanting a Black Widow solo film are (a) people who hate comic book films, and (b) socially inept virgins who scream "fake geek girl!" at conventions.
ScarJo an awful actress? ROFLMAO That's the funniest line I've read all day.

As SauronsBANE noted, she's headlined many successful movies, managed to put a POS like LUCY on top of the box office, and many were predicting an Oscar nomination for her work in HER.

The only people not wanting a Black Widow solo film are (a) people who hate comic book films, and (b) socially inept virgins who scream "fake geek girl!" at conventions.
11:57AM on 04/16/2015
I don't get a shit if she's headlined successful movies or not. The point is I don't like her as Black Widow or as an actress. Also, I don't even see where this could go because your idea above sounds terrible. Because I disagree doesn't make me an inept virgin dipshit.
I don't get a shit if she's headlined successful movies or not. The point is I don't like her as Black Widow or as an actress. Also, I don't even see where this could go because your idea above sounds terrible. Because I disagree doesn't make me an inept virgin dipshit.
9:09PM on 04/15/2015
This would be absolutely terrible.
This would be absolutely terrible.
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8:47PM on 04/15/2015
That's a movie I am 100% positive I would never watch. And I love The Avengers.
That's a movie I am 100% positive I would never watch. And I love The Avengers.
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