If there’s one movie that Marvel fans have been clamoring for since as far back as the release of Iron Man 2, it’s a solo outing for Black Widow.
Natasha Romanoff is consistently one of the most popular characters within the MCU to not star in her own headline solo movie, and the tiny glimpses of her past life as a Russian assassin have been just enough to whet our appetites.
While Marvel refuses to comment on whether this movie will ever enter production, Scarlett Johansson has stated in an interview that everyone at the studio is on board with making the film happen – it all comes down to finding the perfect moment in their busy schedule.
“We’re creatively really compatible. I think we both agree that the character is right for a standalone, it’s just a case of timing at this point for both Marvel and myself. If I did it, I would dedicate myself completely to making it amazing. It would have to be the best version that movie could possibly be. Otherwise, I would never do it.”
It's certainly the case that Marvel has been deliberately pushing its Infinity War and Avengers 4 plans recently, with a period of filming that will tie up most of the studio for the majority of this entire year. As such, movies like Captain Marvel appear to be put on hold as Kevin Feige and his team focus on the herculean (or, indeed, Asgardian?) task of filming the pair of movies, plus Black Panther, plus Ant-Man and the Wasp, over the coming months.
Marvel originally announced its lineup of movies, which takes us through the untitled Avengers 4, all the way back in 2014. Since then, we’ve had sporadic new announcements, such as Spider-Man: Homecoming and its sequel, as well as Ant-Man and the Wasp, but otherwise, Marvel have been tight-lipped about future projects.
While it’s too early to tell, there’s a good bet that plans are already underway for a Black Widow movie, once the studio wraps up Phase Three and heads into the future in a post-Infinity War world.