Iron Man has three films. Captain America has three. Thor is about to get his third, and Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel are all about to get one of their own. At this point, Marvel has its movie slate planned out from now through 2019, but there’s still no word on whether there will ever be a Black Widow movie.
Despite appearing in five Marvel Cinematic Universe films — Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War — Scarlett Johansson’s Russian spy has yet to land a solo film of her own, even as fans increasingly clamor for one. Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo have both expressed interest in a Black Widow solo flick, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said the studio is “creatively and emotionally” committed to pursuing it.
Now, Johansson herself is weighing in.
“I would like for it to happen under the right circumstances,” Johansson told Variety. “I think there’s a lot of opportunity to mine that story line. She’s got a really rich origins story. There’s a lot of places you can go — you can bring it back to Russia. You could explore the Widow program. There’s all kinds of stuff that you could do with it. You could really uncover the identity of who this person is, where she comes from and where she’s part of.”
Johansson added that both she and Marvel are “greatly invested in that character” and that there are multiple formats a Black Widow movie could take, whether that’s an origin story or something tied into the larger Avengers storyline.
“There are so many ways you can go,” she said. “I think it would just have to be very much like its own specific thing. It would have to have its own specific vibe. It would have been totally different than any of the other standalone films. I think if the fans wanted it enough, then it would probably become a reality.”
Read the full Q&A with Johansson at Variety.