This week’s announcement that a standalone film featuring Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is reportedly in the works at Marvel Studios is something that’s quite literally been years in the making. As early as 2014, MCU mainstays such as Robert Downey Jr., and even Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, have been vocal about their desire to see the red-headed spy/assassin take center stage, and the character has been at the top of most fans’ “solo-treatment wish list” for practically just as long.
Let’s be honest, though – just because an MCU character is getting a standalone film doesn’t mean it’s going to be a solo film… At least not in the purest sense of the word. To date, there hasn’t been a single Marvel Studios standalone film that hasn’t featured at least one other character with ties to the greater MCU. Some have been minor, such as Nick Fury, Tony Stark and Thor popping up in the mid-credits scenes of Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and Doctor Strange, respectively. But think about the other recent additions to the MCU’s ever-growing slate that featured a single character’s name in the title. Thor: Ragnarok was basically a cosmic buddy-cop outing with Thor and Hulk; Spider-Man: Homecoming heavily featured Iron Man, who served as the web-slinger’s mentor; and as for Captain America: Civil War – well, that was basically just Avengers 2.5.
None of this is to suggest that a Black Widow solo movie will inevitably rob the eponymous heroine of the spotlight she deserves. All it means is that fans should probably expect to see some other familiar faces from the Marvel mythos, be it the comic books or the MCU proper, should Marvel Studios continue to move forward with the project.
With that in mind, here are some characters we’d love to see appear alongside Scarlett Johansson in a Black Widow.