Avengers: Age of Ultron
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Black Widow is a popular character played by a popular actress in a popular series of films that prides itself for establishing the cinematic universe model of development. Giving the character her own movie should be a no-brainer, right? Instead, it’s newsworthy when anyone from Marvel Studios acknowledges the obviousness.

The most recent example of this is an interview Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, gave while doing international press (via Comics Alliance) for the upcoming film. The Russos expressed their interest in seeing a movie that follows Natasha on her own adventure, adding that she in one of the most complex characters in the MCU currently.

“We find that the character is one of the richest, if not the richest, character in the Marvel universe,” Joe Russo said. “She’s a very complex character. She’s haunted by demons and her understanding of the world is fascinating. I think there is a lot that can be done with that character.”

While the compliments are undoubtedly appreciated by fans and bode well for Natasha’s role in Civil War, they don’t move the ball much in terms of getting them closer to a Black Widow movie. With word coming that the future Avengers films will focus on newer characters, a solo film is looking less and less likely. And even if the film got the greenlight today, it wouldn’t hit theaters until late 2019 at the earliest.

“I’m happy that people scrutinize the Widow’s storylines and care about it and are invested,” star Scarlett Johansson said to EW last year before the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. “I’d much rather it be like that than have a kind of ‘meh’ reaction. For me to have people say that would be, ouch, you know? Everything that I’ve done with the Widow, to me makes sense. It’s in line with active decisions that I’ve made for the character. I’ve been able to develop this character very closely with Joss and [Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo].

Captain America: Civil War is out in theaters this May. Watch the Russo brothers discuss the film and Black Widow below.

Captain America: Civil War
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