The release of Avengers: Age of Ultron is less than 12 hours away from opening, and the question that’s been on my mind is, when are we going to see a Black Widow movie? From my relentless tweeting of #BlackWidowMovie, I have yet to see one person that would pass up the opportunity to watch a film about Natasha Romanoff. It’s not like there isn’t support for a solo Black Widow film, it’s actually quite the contrary. But just to stick it to the man, so to speak, I’ve scoured the internet (to be honest I didn’t have to look very hard) for support of the Russian Avenger.
Now, the argument I’ve heard is that Marvel/Disney/etc. think there isn’t enough support for her. Not that they’ve verbalize this, but that’s the current public view. That argument only worked for Iron Man 2. There wasn’t enough of Black Widow in that film to say, without a doubt, that a Black Widow film would be successful. In Marvel’s defense the character could have fell flat on-screen. Thought we now know that wasn’t the case. “Myself and Marvel didn’t really know how the fans were gonna react to Black Widow the first time and how she was gonna be—they couldn’t anticipate how they would want to user her or if they would want to use her. I mean we invest in that character, but the audience had a great reaction to the character, which has been so awesome. For instance, I wasn’t contracted into doing Cap movies, but that storyline worked out so well I kind of branched off and I found myself in that standalone movie. My contract is kind of mutating, I guess [Laughs] or morphed to fit the demand of the character,” said Scarlett Johansson. So what that tells us is that Marvel knows not only that the character is vital to the MCU, but that the public had a positive response.
Recently, at a European press conference for Avengers: Age of Ultron, one reporter asked Scarlett Johansson whether she’s “angry” that a Black Widow film isn’t already in the works, to which she responded “yes.”
If that’s not enough, how about these folks…
Robert Downey Jr. recently said ‘it just seems like whatever Scarlett does people want to go see it…The funny thing is honestly at this point everyone deserves a franchise.”
“Solo? Anybody solo?” Joss Whedon said, thinking. “Well, you know… Ultimately, I think the Widow is due.”
Mark Ruffalo even chimed in…
And let’s here from the public themselves…
Black Widow has already been confirmed for Captain America 3 as well as the Infinity War films. That puts Black Widow in a total of seven Marvel films. Seven!?!! That’s more than some of the other Avengers who have had their own movies! So basically she’s not going away anytime soon.
Besides the lack of a solo film, there’s the issue of lack of representation in the Avengers merchandise. Let’s look at the statistics…
My proposed solution to this problem is that Black Widow needs more social presence to show the big wigs that there is a demand for the Russian Avenger. By that I mean we need to start emailing, tweeting, facebooking, etc., to Marvel and Disney. You can help petition Marvel and Disney to include female heroes in all toy and merchandise lines by signing this. Include the below hashtags in any of your Avengers/Marvel related posts/tweets/etc.
….and let’s remember, Natasha would not give up!
Your Friend, Elle