Ah, well, this subject has been going around the fan-o-sphere for a while now. A few fans have been calling for a solo Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson around comic forums and other related sites but how serious have they been?
Well, according to a new poll, movie goers who purchased their tickets in advanced at Fandango participated in a poll that asked the question of which Marvel character they'd like to see most in a stand alone flick. Black Widow won and scored 48% of the votes.
The second was the Vision with 15% of the vote. Now, if that doesn't say something, I don't know what will.
Exposure for Black Widow has built up quite a lot since Iron Man 2. She's definitely in the consciousness of comic fans and non-comic fans at this point.
Female fans have been vocal about the lack of female superheroes in movies and TV shows, and I'm all for more female superheroes in comic related films and TV. Kevin Feige even teased a solo Black Widow film recently, but he's been talking about the possibility for the past two or three years now.
What brings even more confidence to this kind of project is that the Russo Brothers have recently sent out the possibility of this happening even saying, "It's a no-brainer, right?"
It's also no surprise that Scarlett Johansson has been calling for a solo flick for the character as well. That's really "a no-brainer". Like it's any surprise she's lobbying for that to happen.
I'm all for it, but I'd still love to see more female comic characters on the big screen with actual super powers. A good question is what will the movie be about, however?
Could the movie be an origin story of sort and dig further into the Black Widow's past? Will a big part of the story be based on the more detailed Black Widow's origins shown in the volume 2 Black Widow limited comic book series, in which we see her dig up her past and learn about her training to become a super spy in the Red Room?
Could be a good story line to base a solo Black Widow movie, and possibly even shed more light on the relationship she has with Hawkeye. We've gotten hints of it so far, but nothing ever really full scope.
The character in the comics even has a strong connection to Hawkeye. Black Widow is actually present in his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #57 and even recruits the archer to take on Iron Man and Stark Industries.
That issue would have the Widow's third appearance in comics, and the two would eventually join the Avengers. Hawkeye would join much sooner and became part of Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Avengers #16 along with Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
Though Black Widow was an associate for the Avengers team for a long time, she did not officially join the team until Avengers #111.
Perhaps, the Red Guardian, anyone? Could he plucked out of the comics to be the big bad for a Black Widow solo film?
So the fans have spoken loud and clear, and it looks like a solo Black Widow movie may be coming to a theater near you in the future. When that happens is still pretty much in the air, but not to piss on the parade, whether it does well in the box office is a different story. Actually, whether Captain Marvel or even Wonder Woman does well in the box office might just be a deciding factor if Marvel decides to further pursue that project.
After all, they're not going to work on a movie unless they feel it has a good chance of making money. That should be a "no-brainer" as well.
What do you think? Looking forward to a possible Black Widow movie?