It’s about bloody time Marvel.
Marvel’s First Lady – Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) – is finally receiving her own solo adventure after years of playing second fiddle to the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk.
Screenwriter Jac Shaeffer – best known for directing the underrated sci-fi/rom-com Timer – will pen the script.
The project hasn’t officially been greenlit, but so far, it all looks extremely promising. Scarlett Johansson and president of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige have expressed desire for a Black Widow solo outing ever since her first appearance in Iron Man 2 (2010).
In 2016, Johansson told Variety: “I would like for it to happen under the right circumstances. I think there’s a lot of opportunity to mine that story line. She’s got a really rich origins story. There’s a lot of places you can go – you can bring it back to Russia.
“You could explore the Widow program. There’s all kinds of stuff that you could do with it. You could really uncover the identity of who this person is, where she comes from and where she’s part of.”
The Russian spy has so far appeared in five films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016) – and will star in this year’s highly-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, as well as its untitled sequel next year.
News of a solo Black Widow film comes as a massive relief to fans, especially those who – like us at Gay Times – are disappointed with the lack of female representation in the comic book movie genre.
Marvel have released seventeen films thus far – the last one being Thor: Ragnarok – and not one of them have been led by a female character. However, this is soon to change with Captain Marvel (starring Brie Larson in the title role), which is due for release next year.
Wonder Woman experienced enormous success at the box office, and was named the number one superhero movie of all time by Rotten Tomatoes, so it shows women can lead their own comic book adventure.
So c’mon Marvel! Make. This. Happen.
Meanwhile, watch Black Widow kick some a-s-s in the incredible trailer for Avengers: Infinity War.