Although the MCU has a confirmed female lead film with 2018’s “Captain Marvel,” many fans had long espoused a desire to see Black Widow get such a treatment; especially after the backstory given to her within “The Avengers.” While a Black Widow solo picture is nowhere to be seen within Marvel’s multi-year production schedule that was revealed in 2014, such an absence is not an indicator that it was never an option.
While drinking her Bulletproof Coffee, Scarlett Johansson recently remarked in an interview that she had discussed the potential for a “Black Widow” film with the head honcho of Marvel Studios. Johansson even commented that both she and Kevin Feige seemed to be of one mind regarding the sort of film that such a project would entail.
One of the reasons behind the absence of a “Black Widow” may hearken as far as her appearance in “Iron Man 2;” Marvel was unsure of the audience’s reception to the character and left her viability fluid for whatever plans they had. Johansson was not initially planned to work on “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” or “Civil War,” but the Widow’s versatility allowed for easy incorporattion of the character into them.
Unlike most of her various co-stars, Johansson has a mutable contract that is not cast in stone. The upside to this treatment is that the Black Widow character can be worked into a picture however a filmmaker may deem necessary.