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Scarlett Johansson says Black Widow movie is just a matter of "timing"

02.10.2017

Alright, you nerdy boys and girls, it’s that time again where we get an update on any potential Black Widow movie. The project has been hinting at and craved for years, and seems to be one of the only Marvel movie fans are dying for that is not in active development. But it seems like we are crawling our way there, and Scarlett Johansson is still confident it could happen…maybe.

She sat down to talk GHOST IN THE SHELL with Total Film, and naturally the subject came up. She mentioned how she and Kevin Feige are in the same mindset, but that actually finding time to do it is the biggest concern:

I’ve talked to Kevin Feige about it. We’re creatively really compatible.  I think we both agree that the character is right for a standalone, it’s just a case of timing at this point for both Marvel and myself.

However, another obstacle in the way is Marvel’s ever growing roster:

Marvel has a really huge roster. They’re looking four years ahead. I also have a lot of things that I want to do. If I did it, I would dedicate myself completely to making it amazing. It would have to be the best version that movie could possibly be. Otherwise, I would never do it.

She has said before that it would make sense to do it while she still “wanted to wear a skin-tight catsuit,” but expressed some doubt as to how much longer that would be. Those doubts seem to still be with her, but fan desires are still fueling her:

[I] don’t know if I have the capacity for it. I think the fans were adamant about it, it could be done. It should be done, probably.

We've been hearing about the possibility of this movie for years, but it seems there is just not a whole lot of room for it given the studios crowded slate. That is not only a logistical factor, but a story one as well. Each Marvel movie has some shared means-to-an-end involved (mainly Infinity Stones and expanding realities, so far), and fitting a Black Widow movie into that larger picture would be difficult. Her movie would be like a spy thriller, but the MCU doesn’t play on that small a level, well, ever. It would be awesome no doubt, but we can’t have everything that’s awesome. Thanks, Congress!

GHOST IN THE SHELL arrive March 31.

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6:05PM on 02/12/2017
I'm surprised people are so critical of this. Black Widow, on her own, would be the first Marvel hero without powers or sci fi technology to star in a solo film. You could do a LOT with that. Think James Bond with supervillains. And unlike other non-powered heroes, she has enough skeletons in her closet to justify not calling for the Avengers if she gets in over her head.
I'm surprised people are so critical of this. Black Widow, on her own, would be the first Marvel hero without powers or sci fi technology to star in a solo film. You could do a LOT with that. Think James Bond with supervillains. And unlike other non-powered heroes, she has enough skeletons in her closet to justify not calling for the Avengers if she gets in over her head.
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10:01PM on 02/11/2017
They can wait until Agents of SHIELD is cancelled and have Jed Whedon and his wife executive produce a Black Widow movie with Josh Whedon directing.
They can wait until Agents of SHIELD is cancelled and have Jed Whedon and his wife executive produce a Black Widow movie with Josh Whedon directing.
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7:54AM on 02/11/2017

There's only one problem

Black Widow just isn't an interesting enough character to warrant an entire film. She's a superspy supporting character, nothing more, and like Hawkeye deserves a subplot at most. Age of Ultron was flawed but Hawkeye's story worked.

People keep clamoring for this without actually considering how a Black Widow film would play out. Don't let her become another Bucky, an equally uninteresting character who we've spent two films covering to the point of exhaustion.
Black Widow just isn't an interesting enough character to warrant an entire film. She's a superspy supporting character, nothing more, and like Hawkeye deserves a subplot at most. Age of Ultron was flawed but Hawkeye's story worked.

People keep clamoring for this without actually considering how a Black Widow film would play out. Don't let her become another Bucky, an equally uninteresting character who we've spent two films covering to the point of exhaustion.
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5:58PM on 02/10/2017
Been left too long for people still to care about.
Put it to bed now, it will bomb!
Been left too long for people still to care about.
Put it to bed now, it will bomb!
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4:18PM on 02/10/2017

prequel?

i could see this being a prequel of sorts. Have scarlett Johansson tell the story of how she was trained and became a shield operative and cast a younger actress for younger Natasha. Im not saying this because i think Scarlett Johansson is too old to keep playing action leads, she totally could. But i think this would be the natural direction of the character. In Civil War, Black Widow was being much more of a diplomat and teacher than a spy. It would make sense for her character to be
i could see this being a prequel of sorts. Have scarlett Johansson tell the story of how she was trained and became a shield operative and cast a younger actress for younger Natasha. Im not saying this because i think Scarlett Johansson is too old to keep playing action leads, she totally could. But i think this would be the natural direction of the character. In Civil War, Black Widow was being much more of a diplomat and teacher than a spy. It would make sense for her character to be transitioning out of field work. A Black Widow movie would have parallel plots of both Natasha becoming a secret agent and her retiring. Give Scarlett Johansson an action sequence or two but keep the focus on the past, her growing up. This would also fit into the MCU much easier than giving her a stand alone movie set in the present. With Captain America and Iron Man around, her movie would need to be pretty small to justify not using those characters. Setting it in the past would allow her to go on a much bigger adventure without the interference of super-powered colleagues. Maybe ad Hawkeye in there also. This is the kind of movie i want to see, a new direction from anything theyve previously done.
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2:20PM on 02/10/2017
I don't understand why Marvel is taking so long in making this. It would be successful given how popular Black Widow is with both genders of the audience and how successful and bankable Johansson has grown to be as a leading actress.

Would love to see more of her backstory before Iron Man 2, and have it sort of be in the same vein of a Jason Bourne film with Renner co-starring as Hawkeye. They could even show what happened in Budapest since that was a big reference of both of their
I don't understand why Marvel is taking so long in making this. It would be successful given how popular Black Widow is with both genders of the audience and how successful and bankable Johansson has grown to be as a leading actress.

Would love to see more of her backstory before Iron Man 2, and have it sort of be in the same vein of a Jason Bourne film with Renner co-starring as Hawkeye. They could even show what happened in Budapest since that was a big reference of both of their backstories mentioned in The Avengers.
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2:14PM on 02/10/2017
I have a feeling that these are one of those projects that people chat about from time to time, but by the time they get around to making it, no one cares anymore.
I have a feeling that these are one of those projects that people chat about from time to time, but by the time they get around to making it, no one cares anymore.
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2:14PM on 02/10/2017
I'm sure if GiTS is a hit, Marvel will suddenly find a place in their schedule for this.
I'm sure if GiTS is a hit, Marvel will suddenly find a place in their schedule for this.
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