If you like female superheroes then this was a good year at San Diego Comic Con for you because on the one hand Warner Bros. gave us the first Wonder Woman trailer, and on the other Marvel Studios introduced us to Captain Marvel Brie Larson. But come on! We know that there’s been one superheroine that’s been kicking butt since the early days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and for years fans have said that she deserves her own movie. Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow getting the solo spotlight she’s earned is still sadly a long way off, but if Marvel is interested, a director with a proven track record in the MCU might be willing to help make it happen.
IGN recently asked Joss Whedon about making a Black Widow solo movie, and though the filmmaker has officially taken his leave of the MCU and is happily working on his own stories, he had a very straight forward reaction to the idea:
If somebody pointed to me and said, ‘You want to make a Black Widow movie?’ the answer would be ‘Duh.’
I think that character really is very interesting and very earthbound and so it’s the kind of action that I got to do less of with somebody like Thor or The Vision. When you get into your Superman territory it’s harder to maintain that sort of gritty action that the Russo brothers do so beautifully. I’d really do a spy thriller, really do a good, paranoid sort of John LeCarré on crack sort of thing. Also, Scarlett Johansson is just delightful. She works really hard, but she just spends most of her time cracking me up, so it would be a fun shoot.
Whedon’s point of view on the project seems to be one a lot of people have. You don’t need to make a $200 million Black Widow movie with lots of special effects and CGI armies. No, in fact you can almost think of a Black Widow flick like a Jason Bourne movie with lots of hand-to-hand combat, car chases, and practical effects. Heck even Lucy was too hi-fi as compared to what you would need to do for a Black Widow movie.
In fact, you can push the Bourne comparison further if you consider where Black Widow left off at the end of Captain America: Civil War, where she walks away from Tony Stark’s team, but presumably doesn’t join up with Cap’s Avengers in exile in Wakanda. Suppose she’s on the run, separated from all her superhero friends, while both American and Russian governments pursue her for some secret she knows from her spy days. It seems almost too simple, which is why it’s difficult to understand why Marvel is sitting on this. The soonest we might get a Black Widow movie is after Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 in 2019, which Black Widow will likely be a part of.
Captain America: Civil War is still in a theater near you.
Source: The Mary Sue