Marvel is hot right now, like hot. Not only is Avengers: Infinity War ripping through every theater in the world, but the talk about a Black Widow spinoff movie is getting bigger and bigger. After being officially announced, last week brought news that Marvel has met with a number of different female directors for the project. With the project expected to be part of Marvel’s Phase 4 slate after Avengers 4, it makes sense for the studio to meet with potential directors, but the previous number is much higher than first thought.
Per a tweet from Variety’s Justin Kroll, the juggernaut studio has possibly met with “more than 65 directors” for the expected prequel movie. Kroll’s tweet didn’t offer any other kind of jury details, but with a Black Widow movie being talked about for years, it makes complete sense for the studio to be, as Kroll puts it, “extremely thorough on this one.”
Scarlet Johansson joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe with her debut in Iron Man 2 in 2010, the MCU’s second film. Since then, she’s been a critical part of the universe, appearing in The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War this year. And when I say appear, it isn’t just an “on the team” type role, she’s in the fight and an integral part to each of those stories. That’s because her popularity continued to grow as the universe did, which fueled the fire even more for a solo movie.
Not only have fans wanted this movie, those embedded in the MCU do as well. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has talked about it on a number of different occasions, with him even saying it wouldn’t show up until at least 2020. Back while filming The Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie suggested a team-up movie with his Falcon and Johansson’s Widow, While Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi expressed interested in making a comedy movie for the character. But the biggest one comes from Sebastian Stan, who of course plays the Winter Soldier in the MCU, and last month he teased the possibility of bringing Bucky into the fold of her story, which went along with a report that Marvel was looking to make the movie a prequel, set in the early 2000’s before Iron Man and the entire MCU and that it would include the Winter Soldier. Wouldn’t that be fun?
Whatever may happen with this project, when it’s set or who appears, one thing is clear, it’s not going to arrive until at least 2020. With the extensive schedule Scarlet Johansson had with Avengers 3 and Avengers 4, she’ll no doubt need a bit of breather, but more than likely be ready for whatever a solo movie requires in 2019 as she’s wanted the movie for a long time. If that’s the case, we could be getting more and more updates as the year continues on. What do you think of these Black Widow movie updates? Who do you want to see direct? Which characters to appear? Sound off below!