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Scarlett Johansson’s return to the big screen as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow is one of the major things fans are looking forward to in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. So far, the two-time ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’ has appeared in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers, and as her contract with Marvel Studios is dwindling, she is set to reprise her role in The Winter Soldier, as well as 2015’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Appearing in 2010’s Iron Man 2, she was introduced as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent working under cover as an assistant for Pepper Potts and Tony Stark. While we weren’t shown much character background for her at that point, we did see her in some pretty cool action scenes and ended up being a very likable character, which definitely set her up for some sort of future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
She was then officially cast to appear in The Avengers in 2012, where we did see quite a bit of character development from Romanoff/Widow. We learned that she has a dark, disturbing past, being a Russian spy and a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent; and she has to cope with those memories on a daily basis. So it would make sense that fans would want to dwell into those stories of her past and see what exactly happened, especially in Budapest.
Now, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige reveals to Total Film in their latest issue (article via Comic Book Movie) that Marvel Studios has big plans for Black Widow in their future film installments. Feige confirms that she will have a “very big” role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and how a standalone film starring the character is in the early stages of development. “We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film,” Feige says about Age of Ultron. “The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that.”
So why is this so significant? Well, one of the key things Marvel Studios has been striving towards in their Cinematic Universe is character development. We’ve seen it with Tony Stark, Thor and Steve Rogers, so why not dwell into the supporting characters now that they have the chance to? Let’s face it, while Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set to be very S.H.I.E.L.D.-oriented, and with the ongoing television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s only natural that we long to see more of Natasha Romanoff getting her time to shine.
Another reason this piece of news may turn heads is the running rumor that Black Widow may be the one to bite the dust in Age of Ultron, a movie which director/writer Joss Whedon says will have a presence of “death”. While nothing has been confirmed, fans have speculated that a supporting character, such as Hawkeye or Black Widow may see the end of their cinematic run in the Avengers sequel next year.
So why is it that I don’t believe either will die just yet?; For one, Whedon has said that he plans to give Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the role he deserved in the first Avengers film; a humorous, sarcastic character, rather than the human puppet he was turned into for a majority of The Avengers. So why use all of this build-up and take the time to make him an even more enjoyable character, then just kill him off? (I mean, he did it with Coulson in The Avengers, but you get my point). As for Widow, just the fact that Marvel is now planning a standalone film for her is enough for me to forget rumors of her getting the kibosh so soon.
Could we see a Black Widow movie in Phase 4 or 5, after Avengers 3? Most likely. Will Scarlett Johansson reprise her role all that way down the road? Well, it depends. She has been on record to say that she may not have interest in returning as the character after her contract expires (which is after Age of Ultron). As much as I’d hate to see her leave, that wouldn’t stop Marvel Studios from re-casting the character to fit their future plans. But I would love to see a Widow movie at one point or another, even co-starring Hawkeye and other minor Marvel characters.
What do you think about Black Widow’s character development and a future solo movie?
Scarlett Johansson is set to reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, due in theaters April 4th, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, set for a May 1st, 2015 release.
Written by Josh Sazin on 2/13/14, with links to Total Film and Comic Book Movie.