Marvel in early development stage for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow solo film
With Marvel movies pulling in hundreds of million of dollars a pop, it’s no wonder that the studio is eager to make more. One of the offshoot characters form ‘The Avengers’ franchise is already getting their own film this year, that is Captain America.
This will be Captain America’s second film for the series, one that also stars Johansson as Black Widow. Now Marvel has confirmed that it has taken steps to create a film that would have Scarlett Johansson’s character be the next in line for a film franchise, but nothing is tied down.
Female-led Superhero films are rare, but with movies like Divergent and the Hunger Games proving that female-protagonists can pull in some of the best numbers, Marvel should be ready to get things started on the female front. Studio president Kevin Feige recently told Total Film, that a female-based movie isn’t far fetched and that we could expect one down the road.
The interview was for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” where Feige explained that “Avengers: The Age of Ultron” will start to build up Black Widow’s character story, leading towards what could be a Black Widow movie, a film that would probably be starring Scarlett Johansson.
“We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film,” he said. “The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that.”
So why the sudden urge to have a female lead? Well DC is moving forward with Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the new ‘Man of Steel 2’ movie. We know that Gadot signed on to do three films, and if she becomes a hit, then a female-lead superhero franchise will go to DC not Marvel first. More importantly than that is the current kick for female leads at the moment in Hollywood, it’s a great time to strike while the iron is hot, and Marvel can capitalize on franchise-fans that normally may overlook a Superhero film.
With all of Marvel’s films doing so well, it wouldn’t be unthinkable for the studio to add Johansson to the offshoot plan, but just because Marvel is exploring the idea, doesn’t mean it will happen. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opens in theaters on April 4.