It looks like Black Widow will be getting her own stand-alone film in the future, as Marvel have hired screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to pen the project.
The assassin-turned S.H.I.E.L.D. operative, played by Scarlet Johansson, has been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since her first appearance in Iron Man 2, all the way back in the long forgotten era of 2010. Since then, she has appeared in 6 Marvel films and is scheduled to appear in Avengers: Infinity War later this year.
Despite her being a rather prominent character in the MCU, Marvel have failed to give her the leading role. Why? Many are quick to point out that she is a bit different in the pants department from the other solo superheroes of the MCU, which is a fair point to make. Film studios have been famously reluctant to greenlight films with a female superhero for years, though with the huge success of Wonder Woman last year it is likely that this particular trend may be subject to change.
However, I think the underlying sexism of Marvel, or rather the presumption of sexism Marvel have on their audience, is only part of the story. After all, later this year we are going to see the release of Captain Marvel, with Allison Brie in the leading role. Why does Captain Marvel get her standalone film released way before Black Widow, who has been with us for years? I think part of it is also down to Black Widow’s lack of superpowers.
Marvel like to make films full of visual spectacle. Their movies are chock full of enormous alien armadas, huge world destroying blue laser-beams, god-like figures battling it out and world altering consequences. What can Black Widow do to stop these threats? Well, she can shoot her gun real good and is fairly good at gymnastics. It’s a shame really, as Captain America: Winter Soldier was a smaller scale (well, compared to most of the MCU) story and is held up by fans as one of the best entries into the universe. I would love to see a Black Widow story focusing on global conspiracies, espionage and character interactions.
Hopefully,that is what we are going to get. The project is in the early development stages currently, so there is no real guarantee that the project will even get made. Still, its a step in the right direction, so lets all keep our manchild fingers crossed.