The Marvel fans are very excited as MCU is knocking it out of the park with over $17 Billion in the kitty. But there is this feeling amongst a section of fans that Marvel has failed to honour a long-standing demand to have a Black Widow solo movie as she has been there since inception, worked her butt off and deserve a full-fledged movie.
The God of Marvel comics cum lifetime artist, Stan Lee recently attended Supernova Comic-Con in Brisbane, Australia and he was bluntly asked about the possibility of a standalone Black Widow movie. He surprised everyone and said ‘funny you should ask that’. He literally announced that it is in the works.
Kevin Feige said,
“We (Marvel) is committed to a Black Widow film”.
He has given clear assurance to the fans that the solo movie will happen in the near future but no official timeline has been decided.
Recently, a rumour was circulating on the internet where a group of fans were discussing Daredevil’s presence in the upcoming Black Widow solo film. According to them, it’s definitely possible as the duo has teamed up several times in multiple comic-book plots based in New York and overseas. On this, Feige said
“There are a lot of potential characters that are among that list. That one I haven’t heard”.
Another news reported by THR recently that Marvel has roped in popular Australian film-maker Cate Shortland to direct Black Widow movie. It is supposed to set during the time when Natasha Romanoff was a super spy and yet to don a costumed outfit i.e before the Battle of New York where she helped overcome the Chittauri invasion.
In this setting, the team up between Natasha and Matt Murdock is impossible as Union Allied Construction secretary said,
“We are overseeing the bulk of the government contracts for the West Side reconstruction and the last two years have transformed the business.”
To this, Matt said “The world watched half of New York get destroyed.” And Murdock donned Daredevil suit only at the end of the season.”
TaikaWaititi recently revealed that if he were given a chance to direct a movie, he would like to do Black Widow comedy flick. 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?”
“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.”
Moreover, Scarlett Johansson is open to the idea and 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.”
“Yes, I would want to in the right context and for the film to fit where I’m at, where I am in my life. I mean I’ve played this character for a long time. It’s been probably like 8 years or more, and so much has happened in my life, my life as a performer and happened in my life personally.”
All of this would have seemed almost impossible but after the massive success of DCEU’s Wonder Woman, Marvel has been under a huge amount of pressure to appeal to the female audience. And Kevin Feige’s recent comments just made that amply clear. Here’s what he said:
“But, as the plan goes forward I think frankly we’ll be … you know, eventually I think we’re going to reach a time where it’s not just … listen, it would be amazing to see all of our female characters the way we have seen … most, never all male, but primarily male. I think we’re getting to the point soon where we have so many great female characters that those are just our heroes as opposed to when are they all female, all male. It’s just the Marvel heroes, more than half of which will be women.”