As far as I’m concerned, one of Marvel Studios’ best announcements this year didn’t even come from their Hall H panels, but came several months ago when studio head Kevin Feige revealed that the creative team at the studio were finally working on a Black Widow standalone film. The release window and date for the film is still a mystery, knowing that one of the most long-demanded films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is finally happening, was an exciting announcement nonetheless.
The announcement comes during an exciting time for female representation in the superhero genre as well, following the release of the Wonder Woman trailer this past weekend and the casting of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, it looks like one of the MCU’s strongest and most complex players will finally be getting her due in the coming years. Even if it has taken all of her teammates to get their own multiple standalone movies first.
One of the biggest supporters of that character as well, Joss Whedon, was asked at San Diego Comic-Con by IGN if he’d have any interesting in returning to the MCU to direct the Black Widow film and his response was predictable, but you can’t really blame him for that either:
“If somebody pointed to me and said, ‘You want to make a Black Widow movie?’ the answer would be ‘Duh.’ For two reasons: I think that character really is very interesting and very earthbound and 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 that sort of gritty action that the Russo brothers do so beautifully. And she’s got that kind of thing… and really do a spy thriller, really do a good, paranoid sort of John LeCarré on crack sort of thing. 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.”
Considering how many people had a problem with Whedon’s direction of the character in Age of Ultron, I don’t think there’s that many fans who would want to see him direct this standalone film, if I’m being completely honest, though I still think he did more for the character in the first Avengers movie than most filmmakers might have in that kind of ensemble film.
At this point though, I know that Neil Marshall has expressed interest in directing the film previously, and I look forward to seeing whoever Marvel picks as the director, and the gritty, espionage-heavy spy film it will likely end up being.
The Black Widow movie does not currently have a release date.
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