Following ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, fan favorite filmmaker Joss Whedon stepped away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a number of different reasons. Although, he hasn’t completely shut the door on returning somewhere down the line after working on a few of his original ideas first. In fact, he has frequently mentioned that he’d love to direct a female-driven movie for the House of Ideas. But at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, he shared what he might try to do with a film starring the Black Widow.
While speaking to IGN about his various Dark Horse Comics projects like season 11 of ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’, the continuation of ‘Serenity’, and the currently-sidelined Victorian era female Batman book ‘Twist’, Whedon was asked about the possibility of helming a movie that put the spotlight on Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff. As you would expect, he said that he’d jump at the opportunity and then went on to explain his take on the hypothetical tale:
“I think that character really is very interesting and very earthbound, so it’s the kind of action that I got to do less of with somebody like Thor or The Vision. When you get into your ‘Superman’ territory it’s harder to maintain the gritty action that the Russo brothers do so brilliantly and she’s got that kind of thing and [you can] really do a spy thriller. Like really do a good, paranoid, ‘John le Carré on crack’ sort of thing. That would be really fun. Also, Scarlett Johansson is just delightful. She works really hard but she just spends most of her time cracking me up, so it would be a fun shoot.”
A Black Widow movie is something that True Believers have been clamoring for since the character’s introduction to the MCU in ‘Iron Man 2’. Marvel Studios management still hasn’t pulled the trigger on it, but maybe after hearing Whedon’s take on it, they’ll finally consider putting it on the schedule for Phase Four. But a lot can happen between now and then, especially with ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ coming up, so who know what the future holds for the mysterious former assassin with red in her ledger? At this point, let’s just hope that she comes out on the other side of the conflict so we can keep speculating about Joss Whedon directing a Black Widow movie.
Would you want to see a Black Widow film written and directed by Joss Whedon? What elements of the character would you want to see explored in that kind of solo adventure? Let us know in the comments.