Marvel Studios has been hesitant to pull the trigger on a standalone film featuring Scarlett Johansson’s assassin/Avenger Black Widow, despite repeated expressions of interest from actors and fans. Now Captain America himself, Chris Evans, has added his name to the list of people who think it’s time for a Black Widow solo movie.
In an interview with Elle, Evans was asked why Black Widow has yet to receive a standalone film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “That’s a good question,” he replied. “It would really just clean up, wouldn’t it? Scarlett [Johansson] is so good at everything she does. She’s played such a crucial part in the other films. She always makes her presence so felt — even when there are 50 different superheroes running around onscreen. I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens at some point in the future. I’m sure Scarlett would be open to it.”
Evans is hardly the only one that wants to see Black Widow get her own standalone film. A poll conducted last year by Fandango revealed that between Black Widow, The Vision, Falcon, Hawkeye, War Machine and Scarlet Witch, a whopping 48 percent of respondents were in favor of Johansson’s character headlining her own film.
In addition, plenty of key players in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in Johansson’s corner when it comes to a Black Widow movie. Anthony Mackie made it clear he’d love to see — and possibly cameo in — a Black Widow standalone film, while “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” director Joss Whedon has already expressed his desire to direct it, should Marvel Studios approach him.
Although a solo Black Widow film isn’t in the works at this point in time, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has gone on the record stating that when it comes to new standalone movies, “the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow.” If and when that happens, on the other hand, is anyone’s guess.
In the meantime, the MCU will continue to expand upon its massive slate of films with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which cruises into theaters May 5.