Marvel’s fan-favorite Russian super-spy has been in the news quite a bit lately, which is very great news for those fans. Following the recent reports that Marvel Studios is finally moving forward with a script for a solo Black Widow film, a new report seems to indicate that film is not that far away from the big screen.
According to The Daily Mail, Marvel Studios is looking to try and have the Scarlett Johannson starring film in theaters sometime in 2020. Recently James Gunn revealed that the third Guardians of the Galaxy film, the end of his planned trilogy & possible beginning of a Marvel Cosmic wave of films, will also be part of a 2020 slate of Marvel films.
Currently, the studio has the dates of May 1, August 7 and November 6 secured in 2020 for their films.
Alongside the report of a possible date for this Black Widow film, came the news that Johannson will be commanding a pretty hefty paycheck reportedly if this film actually moves forward. According to The Daily Mail’s sources, Johannson will be making $25 million for the film which will push her to the highest paid actress & if the film makes more than $900 million at the box office she’ll be reportedly gaining a $6 million bonus check.
Along with the money reportedly Johnannson is seeking a producer credit on the film as well.
This is all report and rumor currently as Disney/Marvel have not confirmed anything, but it seems pretty likely that this will all go forward. Fans have been clamoring for a film since Johannson first played the role all the way back in 2010’s Iron Man 2.
Since then various other male characters have gone on to have two or three films with them as the leads but Johannson has just been a supporting cast member or a member of an ensemble in the Avengers films.
After this summers Avengers: Infinity War and next summers Avengers 4 all of the big main actor’s contracts for Marvel films will be up so Marvel Studios will have to begin the process of picking and choosing who will be getting new contracts, who will be moved on from character wise and more. That is a process that there is little doubt that Kevin Feige and company started quite a long time ago as they have proven to be on top of these sorts of things before with contract extensions for various projects that were not part of the original plans.
Banking on Johannson in Phase 4 as a female hero lead would be a smart move for the studio as it would allow them to have two or more franchises led by women if 2019’s Captain Marvel does well enough to gain a sequel.
Johannson will appear next as Black Widow in May’s Avengers: Infinity War.