Scarlett Johansson is ready to star in a “Black Widow” movie, but according to the actress, a standalone film might be a long time coming.
Johansson recently sat down with Total Film Magazine to talk about the upcoming cyberpunk thriller “Ghost in the Shell,” but eventually ended up touching on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s notable lack of a “Black Widow” film. Marvel Studios currently has a slew of superhero movies planned as far out as mid-2019, but despite vocal fan support for the idea, a standalone film featuring the Russian femme fatale and MCU staple remains nowhere to be found.
“I’ve talked to Kevin Feige about it,” Johansson said. “We’re creatively really compatible. I think we both agree that the character is right for a standalone, it’s just a case of timing at this point for both Marvel and myself.”
Johansson went on to talk about the potential roadblocks to a quality "Black Widow" film, noting that Marvel's hero roster is sizable and that Johansson herself has a number of projects to which she is currently committed or actively pursuing.
“If I did it, I would dedicate myself completely to making it amazing,” she remarked. “It would have to be the best version that movie could possibly be. Otherwise, I would never do it.”
The next film on Marvel’s slate is “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” debuting in theaters May 5. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is a production of Marvel Studios directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan.