Black Widow standalone title now closer than ever, according to report
After years of speculation and fan frustration, it appears that Marvel’s Black Widow character will finally be getting her own standalone movie.
Black Widow, portrayed on screen by Scarlett Johansson, has been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) since Iron Man 2 hit theatres in 2010, and has featured in a total of 6 titles, with another, Avengers: Infinity War, scheduled for release this year.
Despite the calls for action, Marvel has until now seemed reluctant on the idea, and has ended up announcing Captain Marvel as its first female-lead project.
Captain Marvel is slated for release in 2019, and is set to be the first Marvel title with a female lead, a move doubtless inspired by the success of DC’s Wonder Woman. The movie will be fronted by Brie Larson, whose most prominent role to date has been as Mason in Kong: Skull Island.
Although no official announcement from Marvel Studios has been made, Variety’s report is the closest we have come to seeing the project greenlit.
Unlike the rest of her Avengers characters, Black Widow – real name Natalia ‘Natasha’ Romanova – does not have an extensive back catalog of comic books to draw on for a theatrical adaptation. Still, it’s fair to say that the news has been welcomed, with no small number of Twitter users expressing just how excited they are.
However, a more hardcore fan made her concerns known:
as a veteran natasha stan i would like to point out that news about “black widow movie in development” has come out every year since 2012-13 so its probably not happening and anyway we should all let it die cause scarjo is trash and mcu nat is a mess
— 𝔳𝔦𝔠𝔱𝔬𝔯𝔦𝔞 𝔬𝔣 𝔳𝔢𝔫𝔤𝔢𝔯𝔟𝔢𝔯𝔤 (@THEBLACKWlDOW) January 11, 2018
As stated at the top of this, the project is not yet confirmed, but this is the biggest development so far. It remains to be seen if and when a Black Widow movie becomes reality. One thing’s for sure – the demand is certainly there.
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