Good news, everybody! A Black Widow movie may actually be in the works at Marvel. Well, “in the works” might be a stretch but Marvel’s movie czar Kevin Feige recently told Deadline that they are committed to doing the film.
“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.”
This doesn’t exactly mean that the ink is dry on the contracts and Feige was clear they still have 9 more films to work on over the next three years, but it’s closer than we’ve ever felt to a Natasha Romanoff solo film. But what would it be about? For as long as people have been clamoring for a Black Widow movie there have been folks who wondered what that might actually look like. Well, we’ve got a couple of ideas we think might just work on screen and we’re throwing them at you right now:
WIDOW VS. WIDOW
Based on the Black Widow’s solo series under the Marvel Knights imprint in 1999, this film would be an all out battle between Black Widow and… Black Widow. Well, the next Black Widow. Updating the story for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the current Russian government restarts their super spy program (called the “Red Room”) and creates its first “top of her class” graduate, Yelena Belova. Perhaps pushed over the edge by her training, or simply just to prove she is the best, Yelena decides to target Natasha and take the Black Widow title for herself. As they share what Natasha considers a tragic past, their early conflicts could see Nat pulling her punches and trying to help Yelena realize there is something beyond the spy game. But, in the end there can only be one Black Widow, right?
Fun Fact: In a later arc of the comics, and this is true, Natasha and Yelena surgically switch faces. It’s like she takes her face… off.
THE SPIDER AND THE DEVIL
Black Widow has been at one time or another romantically or professionally involved with more than a few of Marvel’s heroes (including Hawkeye, who is married in the MCU), but she’s been around since the 60’s, so she’s had time to play the field. One of her most iconic relationships has been with Daredevil and the two characters shared a masthead in the 70’s (Issues 92 through 107 for you collectors). If you want to read one of the best of these story lines check out “Daredevil Vol. 10: The Widow.”
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this could take a lot of forms including Natasha spending time in Hell’s Kitchen helping Daredevil, but it would probably be best if Daredevil took a trip across the world with Nat to play spy in a far away land. This is her movie after all. Perhaps Black Widow has a mission in the former Eastern Block that requires a special set of skills… skills that she knows the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen possesses. Maybe this is their first outing together as he tries to play in the big leagues and she tries not to push him too far. It would certainly be a big play for Marvel to take one of their Netflix characters on screen in this way, and it’s something they’ve previously seemed hesitant to do, but hey both characters wear red and black, if that’s not synergy I don’t know what is.
NATASHA ROMANOFF: THE LEADER
Black Widow is not the only Russian superhero in Marvel comics. We actually talked a little about The Winter Guard before. How about we see Nat get an offer she can’t refuse. In a post Avengers world, the Russian government has developed its own group of superheroes (the aforementioned Winter Guard) and now they want the most famous Russian superhero of them all to lead the team. Of course, this is not what Natasha wants to be doing with her life right now, but without her guidance who knows what sort of mischief they could get up to. Perhaps initially, the team resents her and sees her as a defector–but after a while they have to respect she’s the best at what she does. It’s about time we saw Natasha as the leader she’s clearly ready to be in the Avengers films. Plus there is absolutely no way that a misunderstanding could cause The Winter Guard and the Avengers to fight. No way at all. Never. Pass the popcorn.
Taking its cue from a four-issue crossover between the Black Widow’s solo title and the Hawkeye and Mockingbird team-up book, this story has all of the Marvel Universe super spy characters coming together to uncover the mysterious forces killing spies and stirring up conflicts between nations. This story would need some heavy reworking to fit into the MCU, but having Hawkeye and Black Widow on screen together is always going to deliver. Plus the MCU Mockingbird, fresh from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is fantastic on screen. I guess she can bring along Lance Hunter too (that character has joined her in the comics at this point). Finally, Dominic Fortune, a Marvel comics spy character classic, was in this arc and would be fantastic to see on screen. If you imagine a team of spies all taking on some evil mysterious force you have to expect this movie could have the flavor of the latest Mission Impossible films, and that’s a good thing. Jeremy Renner should feel right at home.
THE FINELY WOVEN THREAD
This is the first collection of the current Black Widow comics storyline and a real candidate to be Marvel’s choice for a Black Widow movie plot. I’ll give you the description straight from the back of the book and you tell me if it doesn’t sound like the perfect choice already: “You’ve seen Black Widow as an Avenger and even an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. But on her own time she searches for atonement for her past as a KGB assassin – in ways of which those teams just wouldn’t approve.”
Yep, Nat is going to clear the Red off her ledger, so to speak, but that means doing things outside the law and without telling her friends. We’ve seen some hints of this in the movies with Widow’s flashbacks and we’ve already visited the Red Room in the Agent Carter TV series. This would be the most solo of Black Widow solo movies suggested here, with maybe the smallest of cameos. Perhaps Hawkeye or Nick Fury can help relate the tale of how Black Widow was recruited. Perhaps we can flash back to when she went on a mission with a mind controlled Winter Soldier. As this mission is off the grid, I like the idea of Natasha using the limited resources of what she’s hidden in old caches around the world. Maybe we could have cool moment where she has to use some of her old cold war gear. 90´s grey suit Black Widow anyone?
So that’s just a few ideas for a Black Widow film, but more than anything, we just want the film to actually happen. We have you on the record, Kevin Feige, and now you have to give it to us. Regardless, the movie is still a long way out and with a heap of Marvel films in between. Maybe it’s too early to toss around plots. After all, lots can change for Marvel characters in just the span of a movie. Maybe she’ll end up with a robot arm before it’s all over, that seems to be going around.
Let us know what you’d want to see in the upcoming Black Widow film. Because its happening. It’s so happening. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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