Scarlett Johansson could very well be leading her own chapter in the MCU.
First taking on the role of Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man 2, Johansson has since become an important part of the MCU with her portrayal of the former Soviet agent. Black Widow certainly has her fans, and they’ve been crying out for a movie for quite a while now. Well, they’re in luck.
“We’ve announced the next nine movies, ten counting Civil War, through the end of 2019. Where we go beyond that are ongoing discussions that we’ll focus on in the next few years because we have a lot to do before then. Of the characters that you’ve just mentioned I would say certainly the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow,” Feige said.
“We think she’s an amazing character. We think Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of her is amazing. She’s a lead Avenger and has amazing stories in her own right to tell that we think would be fun to turn into a standalone franchise.”
It’s interesting that Marvel is yet to give a heroine her very own movie. Warner Bros., for example, despite being much further behind in the universe-building race, quickly put Wonder Woman into development. The first Diana Prince-focused picture will be hitting the U.S. next year on June 2nd.
Black Widow is in a good position to lead her own picture. After all, the character’s many outings have gathered her a strong following and Johansson has proven herself to be a bankable star. But it’s unlikely Romanoff will have the first female-led Marvel film. Captain Marvel is currently scheduled for U.S. release on March 8, 2019.