Trending News: A Fan-Favorite Marvel Character May Finally Get Her Own Movie
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It’s not yet official, but we may get a heaping helping of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow.
It’s probably about five years late but better late than never, I guess.
Variety reports that one of the biggest recent complaints of Marvel fans is being answered, with the studio looking to push on with a standalone Black Widow film starring Scarlett Johansson. Finally.
Johansson first starred as Black Widow in Iron Man 2 all the way back in 2010. Ever since, fans of the franchise have been calling for her to get her own film. It’s taken the actor to appear in six subsequent releases for the studio to finally move forward with the project.
Variety reports that it’s the imminent end of the latest phase of Marvel films that is encouraging the studio to push the button. But, really, should it have taken this long? At a time when we’re discussing the patriarchy and pay gap that exists in Hollywood almost every other day, a character like Black Widow played by an actor such as Johansson being put on the back burner fees particularly egregious, in some ways. Then again, only Iron Man, Thor, Captain America (and soon, Black Panther) have gotten solo films in this phase of the MCU. Either way, a Black Widow movie would be a welcome addition.
This May 2016 piece from Vanity Fair summed up the frustration at the contortions Marvel boss Kevin Feige seemed to be putting himself through to avoid committing to a Black Widow film.
Fair warning: the film doesn’t technically have a green light. But it does have a writer (Jac Schaeffer signing on to pen the script), and that’s not too far off. The up-and-coming Schaeffer’s career has benefitted from the patronage of Anne Hathaway, who signed her to write Nasty Women, her female-centric take on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Marvel’s focus on its male characters finally ends later this year with Brie Larson starring in Captain Marvel. A Black Widow film likely wouldn’t arrive for at least a couple of years. Still, this is a victory for long suffering fans of the studio.
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The question remains: why so much hesitation over the years about a dedicated Black Widow film?
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Emily Blunt was originally cast as Black Widow for Iron Man 2 but had to drop out after scheduling conflicts with Gulliver’s Travels.