Just yesterday I’ve picked up the third volume of Edmondson & Noto Black Widow comic book, and this morning got the information about Marvel commiting to making the Black Widow movie. Is this the real life?
It goes without saying that fans have asked for this since day one, and still didn’t change their minds. With every single MCU movie Scarlett Johansson’s character gets more and more backstory, personality and fans. (Except for Age of Ultron; don’t ever let Joss Whedon anywhere near female characters you love.) True, she doesn’t have superpowers or high-tech suits, and all the plot is ultimately down to Iron Man and Captain America, but…
Guys. James Bond doesn’t have superpowers. Batman doesn’t. Jason Bourne doesn’t. There’s no rational reason to not make a movie about someone who’s just exceptionally well trained, multi-lingual, intelligent, cunning, great at martial arts, and an accomplished spy. We could get an amazing espionage story, either with Red Room training, or with Hawkeye recruiting Natasha for the Avengers, or maybe some action with Winter Soldier – possibilites are endless!
But, as much as I’m happy to see the Marvel Studios president’s announcement, it still leaves me kind of unsatisfied. Here’s what Kevin Feige said:
..the one [solo movie] creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow.
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 stand-alone franchise.
So, creatively and emotionally commited Marvel’s president says the movie would be fun to make. But it’s not a straightforward We’ll make the Black Widow movie, you just wait. I understand that they couldn’t say that without discussing things with Scarlett Johannson (mostly her salary, as she already said she’d be more than happy to star in a stand-alone Black Widow movie). If you’ll check the date of the linked article, she already discussed the matter with Kevin Feige a year ago. But, we didn’t hear anything of real importance since then. Also with recent changes to the Marvel movie premieres’ dates, it’s hard to say if and when they’ll find some space for Black Widow movie. Maybe instead of Inhumans? Maybe in place of Captain Marvel, pushed from July 2018 to March 2019? Maybe after all of that? Or, how we say it in Poland, on St. Never’s Day?
I’ll be waiting. Mostly because Natasha Romanova is my favourite comic book character, and I’m more than creatively and emotionally commited to her. I’ve even written fanfiction!
Meanwhile, I finished reading the Edmondson & Noto Black Widow comic book, and if you haven’t read it, you may as well go and do this now. It’s the most beautiful, artistic Marvel comic book, skillfully painted, well-written and very in-character. We even get a glimpse into Natasha’s past in KGB; Raven, Punisher, and Winter Soldier cameos; Liho the cat (Liho is a kind of demon/devil in Slavic mythology); and great story archs.
And, if you’re sick of MCU movies showing Black Widow like this:
you’ll be happy to see her as an action hero, not an eye-candy: