Thor Ragnarok is the upcoming Marvel movie inspired from Jack Kirby’s Ragnarok comic wherein Asgard is burned to the ground and rebuilt from the ashes. The plot revolves around Thor’s struggle to stop goddess of death from destroying his home planet. The critics have heaped massive praise on Taika Waititi direction style and the fun elements introduced in the movie. The first reactions from the audiences are very positive and everything from visual effects to storytelling is just impeccable. The movie is sitting on 99% on Rotten Tomatoes at present.
Taika Waititi revealed that if he were given a chance to direct a movie, he would like to do Black Widow comedy flick. Here’s what he said:
“In all honesty, I reckon I could probably bring something pretty unique to any of the franchises. So, I’d love to see Black Widow. I’d like to see Black Widow as something crazy and a bit funnier than we expect it to be. Because we know her story and it’s very sullen and very dark and her history is very dark. But! What’s the funny version of that? What’s the more entertaining version of that?”
There are two ways to look at these comments – Firstly, the idea of Black Widow solo movie is old and will get Marvel fans hugely excited. Secondly, the idea of a comedy seems out of place with Black Widow in it, one would imagine a Bourne Ultimatum kinda movie for her. But Taika is this master film-maker who got elements of comedy work extremely well in Ragnarok as well. He doubled down on his previous comments and said:
“I really go for the underdog. And I think there’s a way in with any of the characters. You just have to find it and find what honors what’s already there with the source material but also brings it into a more entertaining form for the audience.”
In the DCEU, we saw the movie based on the Amazonian goddess Wonder Woman, it was smashing hit and has now launched an Oscar campaign. This put pressure on MCU to do a female superhero movie and they announced Captain Marvel instead of Black Widow who has been part of “The Avengers” from day one. Infact, the poll done by an entertainment agency Fandango at the behest of USA Today revealed that Marvel fans overwhelmingly are in favor of an independent Black widow solo movie (48%), followed by Vision (15%), Falcon (12%), Hawkeye (10%), War Machine (8%) and Scarlett witch (7%).
Moreover, Scarlett Johansson who play the character is totally game to work on a solo movie based on Black Widow. She earlier said this in an interview with Michigan Avenue:
“I really like playing Natasha, playing the Black Widow in The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War. It’s been an interesting journey, to take a character and grow it over these years, and peel the layers back and be able to, as you do in life, grow with this person. It’s a character that’s really enigmatic and has an amazing origins story, so there’s a lot for me to play off of.”
She added that fans love her character as it’s “part of the fun of the Marvel franchise,” they discover “little references that they knew from the comics and stuff” when they piece all these movies together.
Recently, Scarlett Johansson was again asked about possible Black Widow movie and she is open to doing it if it’s done in a right way. She said:
“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. It’d have to be done the right way, though. It’d really have to be its own standalone and its own style and its own story. But there’s a lot of great stuff that you could do with it. It could just be awesome.”
But till now the closest we have come to a Black Widow solo movie is an assurance by Kevin Feige that “We (Marvel) is committed to a Black Widow film”. He said that the movie will happen someday but no official plans have been made. The actor Chris Evans a.k.a Captain America has come out openly in support of a movie based on Black Widow and believes it could be a great addition to the roster of movies. According to him, she has played a critical role in different Marvel films and deserves her own movie.
It will be really shocking if still, it doesn’t happen given the popularity of the character and a big missed opportunity for Marvel.
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