Ever since her introduction in Iron Man 2, Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow has continued to expand her presence and impact in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). One of the few Avengers that doesn’t have powers or superior technology, her superpower is that she’s a badass assassin-spy who can hang with anyone in combat. She’s rated Tony Stark’s effectiveness in Iron Man 2, helped save the world from the Chitauri in The Avengers, and helped expose Hydra’s infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. However every time there is a discussion related to her getting her own solo film, it gets shut down. Fans have been wanting for years for her to get her own film. In a recent poll for Fandango/USA Today asking who should get next solo film, Black Widow won with 48% of the vote. So why hasn’t Black Widow already gotten her own solo film?
In a recent Q&A with Deadline, Kevin Feige was asked about the various characters getting their own solo film. Falcon, Hawkeye, War Machine, and Black Widow were mentioned. Feige responded:
“Of the characters that you’ve just mentioned I would say certainly the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow.”
When asked why, Feige responded:
“We think she’s an amazing character. We think Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of her is amazing. She’s a lead Avenger and has amazing stories in her own right to tell that we think would be fun to turn into a standalone franchise.”
Now if Black Widow is one of the mystery films on the end of Phase 3, or even a Phase 4 movie, that would be great. So much of her character’s backstory hasn’t been explored. After all, she was once “the bad guy” and it would be interesting to see a film with her start as the enemy, get recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D., and then become their best agent. Time will tell for what happens in an upcoming Black Widow film.