After years of waiting, fans were finally greeted with the report that Marvel Studios was moving forward with developing a script for a Black Widow film. That script by Black List writer Jac Schaeffer doesn’t mean a film is actually happening, as there are many more steps after a script is completed, but it’s the closest that we’ve come to getting Scarlett Johansson a solo superhero film.
Soon afterward there were rumors flying around the internet about the chance that this film could turn out to be the all-female team of heroes that many Marvel Studios actresses & fans have called for.
That would be a mistake.
An all-female team definitely needs to happen, but overtaking the Black Widow solo to do that would not be the right move. Having Natasha be their leader would be a great move and totally should happen though.
Scarlett Johansson’s version of Natasha Romanoff first made her MCU debut in 2010’s Iron Man 2 and has appeared in four more Marvel Studios films since then with a fifth on the way in the form of Avengers: Infinity War. Based on that debut alone she’s been part of the MCU longer than Captain America, Thor, the Guardians and others that have all gotten not only one film of their own but multiple films of their own over the years.
Natasha was the first female superhero of the MCU yet she won’t be the first to get their own solo film. That designation goes to Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel who hasn’t even debut in any film quite yet. As far as we know her solo film in 2019 will be the first time Brie Larson will appear as the hero. There have been rumors about appearances in Avengers: Infinity War, perhaps an after-credit scene, but those are just rumors.
Johansson has deserved a film this entire time, further cementing that with her performances in Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War since that first film.
There is no reason that her first lone film outing should be overtaken with a bunch of other characters. Captain America and Thor got at least two films of their own before other heroes were fully brought in to share the spotlight. Also, there is no reason to limit the number of female hero films in the universe. Just because we’re finally getting a female-led film with Captain Marvel should not mean that we only get one at a time going forward.
There is plenty of room to give Natasha her own film and then also run a female hero team film alongside it.
There are too many great angles in Widow’s past to just only focus on her being part of or leading a team. There are so many possibilities from diving into her Red Room past to various acts she undertook for them that put red in her ledger to how she came to be part of S.H.I.E.L.D. alongside Nick Fury and Hawkeye.
Someone from her past comes back to haunt her in the future, allowing for flashbacks and current day adventures. High spy action bouncing around the world as Natasha kicks ass. She could even let Hawkeye tag along as support sort of in the role that she provided to Captain America during The Winter Soldier.
Now that the Marvel Universe is opening the door to more than films about white guys, it’s time to make sure the door is fully open. Don’t limit the possibilities and just let all the films happen.
More heroes of color, more female heroes, some LGTBQ heroes, and everyone else. Limiting ourselves to just one film at a time while the usual heroes continue to get multiple films is not only a waste but it’s detrimental to the comic book line overall.
There will come a point when the superhero movie bubble bursts, it could be years from now or decades from now, and when it does wouldn’t you rather look back and have had all the diverse led films possible? I know I would.