Marvel fans have been clamoring for a stand alone Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) movie since she first hit the big screen in Iron Man 2. While no one can say Marvel isn’t using her character, she played a huge part in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and we can expect more big things from our favorite ex-Russian spy in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but why not feature Black Widow in Marvel’s first stand alone female superhero movie? Now, not only has comic book writer Nathan Edmondson has joined the BW Stand Alone Movie Cause, he’s written a six page script showing what a Black Widow movie opening might look like.It all started with this tweet:
— Nathan Edmondson (@nathanedmondson) November 3, 2014
Edmondson writes for the current Punisher series as well as the ongoing Black Widow series. While it looks like Captain Marvel will be the first female stand alone Marvel superhero movie, there’s still room in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the Black Widow to leave her solo mark.
Here’s Edmondson’s version of how Black Widow’s solo movie might open:
FADE IN.INT. BERLIN DOM CATHEDRAL – SANCTUARY – AFTERNOONA priest leaves the confessional. He folds his stoth as hecrosses the church and disappears. A few tourists in jacketsand scarves shuffle around nave. Their whispers echothrough the space like the fluttering of unseen birds.An old woman prays with shaking, gloved hands near the front,a shawl over her shoulders.The bell rings, sounding the turn of the hour. The old womansits back. She grabs a TRASH BAG full of her belongings andshuffles off toward the ALTAR, making a turn back into arestricted hallway…INT. BACK HALLWAYS TO STAIRS – CONTINUOUSThe old woman picks up pace. The bag she carries seemsfilled with just blankets, swinging lightly, until she setsit on the floor with a THUD. It’s heavy. Very heavy.And she’s not old.She removes her tattered hair and cap to reveal tight redlocks. The shawl falls off to reveal a WHITE AND GRAY snowcamouflage jacket, tailored to fit. Her “face” comes offwith a pull as a translucent film of spots and wrinklescrumples away into her hand.Beneath is NATASHA ROMANOFF. Strong face, deep eyes full ofmystery; she’s beautiful, but all business.She opens the trash bag to reveal A DUFFEL BAG with straps.She looks up a small, spiraling stairwell to see a WINDOW.NATASHAOkay.EXT. BERLIN DOM CATHEDRAL – MOMENTS LATERNatasha, now in ALL WHITE CAMO, SCALES the cathedral, thewindow now thirty feet beneath her. A WHITE BAG is strappedto her back.A MOMENT LATERShe’s ON HER STOMACH, the white case open beside her as sheREADIES A SNIPER RIFLE.
She aims through the scope. She checks her watch.She waits.She exhales.SHE FIRES.EXT. DOWNTOWN BERLIN INTERSECTION – SAMESNAP POP! A JUNCTION BOX at a busy intersection EXPLODES insparks, which goes unnoticed by the cars below as THE TRAFFICLIGHTS go out.Two cars collide.Traffic comes to a standstill. Horns sound over the city aswe’re back to…THE CATHEDRAL…where Natasha is already climbing down.She drops to the ground and looks at the city. She isn’tcarrying the sniper rifle. She heads across KARL LIEBNECHTSTRASSE bridge over the Spree. She yanks off her jacket andreverses it; she now looks commonplace; just any passerby.But she’s jogging toward —BUSY TRAFFICShe looks down a cross street toward a FIVE STAR HOTEL anddouble checks her watch.She eyes the cars. Finds a LIMO…INT. TOWN CAR – A MOMENT LATERA moustached man in a suit — call him KLEIN — mashes withfat thumbs at his smart phone.He yells forward at his driver.KLEIN(in German with Subtitles)Why aren’t we moving?DRIVERI’m sorry, Mr. Klein. Sometraffic. I’ll update you when itappears to clear.Klein grumbles to himself as he returns to his phone.The DOOR BESIDE HIM opens and NATASHA enters. She slidesinto the seat beside Klein.KLEINExcuse me?NATASHA(also in German with subtitles)Explain to your driver to roll upthe window and pay me no mind.Klein glances down at a SIG P226 that’s PRESSED INTO HIS SIDEfrom beneath her jacket. He opens his mouth to protest, butone look at her expression and he can’t but oblige.Confused, the driver nonetheless obliges.KLEINWhat do you want?NATASHAI want to meet Beringer.KLEINI don’t know any Beringer.Natasha holds up a picture of Klein embracing a man at afuneral.NATASHA(in English now)Let me be more clear, Mr. Klein. Iwant to meetthisBeringer. Theone you met with yesterday.KLEINHe won’t allow you in.NATASHAI suspect he will.INT. BERINGER’S PENTHOUSE – NIGHTBeringer from the picture — bearded, prickly man with shrewdeyes and an imposing frame, sits at dinner surrounded byarmed guards who also eat. They watch a FOOTBALL MATCH on TVat the end of the table.There’s a buzz and Beringer turns to look at the door. A manapproaches. The man whispers to Beringer.BERINGERLet him in.KLEIN enters with nondescript NATASHA in HANDCUFFS.BERINGER (CONT’D)What’s this?KLEINShe was — um —He glances at her and clears his throat. We see he has a bitof a BLACK EYE. She doesn’t look up.KLEIN (CONT’D)She was trying to steal from you,Mr. Beringer.BERINGERSteal money? Steal heroin?KLEINI’m — uh — not sure.Beringer approaches her. Yanks her chin up. Inspects her.Pulls off her cap. Her RED HAIR is suddenly visible.BERINGERRed head?Beringer shrugs.BERINGER (CONT’D)I’ll give her to my men to dealwith. Redheads aren’t my thing.He turns around to gestures toward his men–NATASHAAnd these aren’t handcuffs.She PULLS HER WRISTS APART, and the links UNFOLD into a WIRE –– we see the hints of BRASS around her wrist poking out fromunder her jacket sleeves.She WHIPS the wire over Bering’s NECK as she KICKS klein backbehind her.BERINGER’S MEN spring into action, but the first two –SNAP! Fall back as Natasha fires DOUBLE DARTS from her wristsand then TWISTS her wrists to deliver a SHOCK through thewire–BERINGER is down.AS he falls, she pulls up TWO PISTOLS and twists toward theguards who have sprung into action —She shoots on in the knee, one in the shoulder, all non-lethal–One grabs her jacket and she jerks him toward, and DROPS toshoot under his arm at the last one by the table — she FLIPSthe guard above her and he LANDS behind her just as she KICKShim in the head. Out.It all happened impossibly fast.She turns to Klein, who groans.KLEINWho are you really?She unzips her jacket. IT FALLS with her PANTS, and beneaththe white and gray was BLACK — her BLACK WIDOW suit,complete with belt, boots and gauntlets. Her hair hangs now.She reaches down and grabs Beringer with one hand and liftshim off the ground to drag him away.NATASHAI’m for hire.She turns to the back window of his apartment where curtainshang over the windows. The windows behind begin to GLOWbrightly. She STEPS OVER BLOOD as she drags Beringer throughit.She WHIPS the curtain open. A HELICOPTER hovers outside.She SHOOTS the window. Wind and snow FLOOD into thepenthouse. We see BLOOD whipped up off the floor and SUCKEDout the window.EXT. BERLIN STREET – SAMEWe move away from the building as the helicopter banks awayand disappears into the snowstorm.We focus in on a SNOWFLAKE as it collides with a DROP OFBLOOD.The snowflake, now heavy, SPIRALS downward until it hits abank of white snow.
Damn, that sounds incredible. Natasha Romanoff flirting around the world stopping bad guys with style and grace. Forget a stand alone movie, why not get the Black Widow her own Netflix series? I’d tune in for that. In fact, a Black Widow series would do well on regular TV.
What do you think?