(PCM) April 16, 2015 In the comic book society girl power is roaring. Marvel has promised the female audience Captain Marvel, but she is not slated for theaters until 2018. In fact there is no actress cast as Carol Danvers A.K.A. Captain Marvel. We do have Black Widow.
Most thought Black Widow would be the first Marvel Studios film with a female protagonist, seems everyone was sort of right. While a Black Widow movie is probable, Marvel most likely won’t insert a Black Widow ahead of their phase 3 schedule.
Still, the following news offers great insight into the question many fan girls (and boys) have been clamoring for. Will we get a Black Widow movie?
Scarlett Johannson revealed in an interview this week with Collider she’s talked to Marvel President Kevin Feige about a feature film of Black Widow. “I’ve spoken to Kevin about it. I mean, of course, of course we’ve had that conversation before, and I think Kevin would also like to see a standalone film,” says Johannson. “I think I can speak for him and say that. That’s all, really. Right now I think this character is used well in this part of the universe, but I think that Kevin — I mean, we’ve talked about it and we both share similar vision for what could be a standalone series.”
It’s a plausible reality as Natalia Romanova A.K.A. Black Widow has a deep backstory and currently enjoys her own title in print. But that is the problem with Black Widow, Marvel likes to introduce characters individually then group them up. Part of that reasoning is out of respect for the characters. It is the partial reason Carol Danvers was not in Age of Ultron. She did in fact have a place in Age of Ultron in an early draft but was ultimately scrapped to keep her origin story a showcase.
One issue Marvel has with Black Widow is the character in the Avengers is a true team player. She’s almost stripped of her Black Widow characteristics and identity as it’s seen in comics. Films don’t need to lift characters exactly out of print but her canon is a bit lost now after homogenizing her over a few Marvel films. This argument against also works as an argument for Black Widow as a feature, why? Leaving so much about Natasha Romanova out of the MCU stories to date allows Marvel to fill in the blanks without conflict. Thankfully Marvel has not shown on film is how Black Widow has dated most of the Avengers, even ones yet to join the team. Having just noted this, Age Of Ultron will reveal more of agent Romanova’s past which is a bit cliché. Background teases don’t replace characteristics that define a character. See the panel below for example. The subtle mannerisms speak volumes.
Marvel has a huge opportunity here to redefine a character that is well known but doesn’t have die-hard fans to challenge them for any changes made to her. Johannson was quite revealing about the character as she sees her — continuing, “I think that there’s room for a standalone movie. The character has a really rich origin story and I’ve been really fortunate to kind of place all these layers on top of one another and kind of build up this character to this point where I think I can now start to peel them away and reveal different sides of her and really focus on,” says Johannson. “I think I’ve been able to grow with the character, the character’s been able to grow with me.”
“Her dilemma that she faces it’s a deeply personal one, she has this great, huge, epic kind of calling and now is suddenly going, ‘Wait a minute. I have this epic calling, but I wanna make a choice for myself. I feel like I’ve put in the hours, I should be able to make active choices’ and she inevitably chooses the heroic path and kind of puts her own personal desires and needs aside. Those are things that kind of butt up against each other and interesting things happen when you have a character that’s pulled in many different directions and in my mind there’s room for plenty more Black Widow and certainly more — I think I could see her in a standalone film.”
If a stand alone Black Widow movie is to come, will Scarlett Johannson finally learn some real Russian to back up the character’s authenticity? How will Marvel address Black Widow’s blind allegiance to the Avengers in contrast to what she really is? There is no doubt Scarlett has made Black Widow a hip and popular character for women (and men) to get excited about, however the character’s flaws and traits are hardly realized in the Avenger’s team up films. Someone in the screen writing department will have one hell of a challenge to fix the mess the Avengers made of Black Widow.
Black Widow has been a great supporting character, yet Marvel has not used Black Widow as Black Widow. Even Scarlett Johannson understands this, “My contract has changed. Marvel and myself didn’t really know how the fans were gonna react to Black Widow the first time and how she was gonna be — they couldn’t anticipate how they would want to use her or if they would want to use her. I mean we invested in that character, but the audience had a great reaction to the character, which has been so awesome. For instance, I wasn’t contracted into doing Cap movies, but that storyline worked out so well I kind of branched off and I found myself in that standalone movie. My contract is kind of mutating, I guess [laughs] or morphed to fit the demand of the character.”
As you can read from Johannson’s own words the character is morphing on screen. Maybe they can morph her into how she operates in canon?
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