I Don’t Want a Black Widow Movie
Earlier this week, Heroic Girls reported that Marvel has committed to a Black Widow movie. Kevin Feige, Marvel Studio President, said to Dateline:
We’ve announced the next nine movies, 10 counting Civil War, through the end of 2019. Where we go beyond that are ongoing discussions that we’ll focus on in the next few years because we have a lot to do before then. Of the characters that you’ve just mentioned I would say certainly the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow.
While I think it’s great they’re finally thinking about giving Widow a movie, it’s a bit too late for that. Natasha Romanoff has an incredibly complex background. A two and a half hour movie wouldn’t get her the much needed character development her fellow characters have shared. Captain America has been in six movies (not counting the cameo in Thor 2). Iron Man has been featured in seven movies. Black Widow has been a supporting character in five movies. She’s served on the side in the overarching narrative. In the comics, there’s a grander mythos with her. Natasha would need an entire franchise to catch up to the guys.
So, I would like to make a new proposal. It would both give her a huge amount of time for character development and be nice to my wallet. Because let’s face it, movies are way too overpriced these days.
Why don’t we give Black Widow a twelve episode television show on Netflix?
I know it’s a smaller screen, smaller audience, and not everyone has Netflix. That’s what Blu-Ray disks are for when the seasons come out. Unlike Steve Rogers and Tony Stark who have relatively straight forward origin stories, Natasha Romanoff had many various origins with her spy background. It would be easy to tie it into their already established shows with Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter. Instead of a two to three hour movie, we could have twelve hours of Black Widow ass kicking goodness.
The Marvel Netflix shows have been killing it too! They’re incredibly well made with huge budgets. They’ve been true to the characters of Daredevil, the Punisher, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones. I can only imagine what they would do with a title Avengers character.
It wouldn’t have to stop there either. I would much rather have a Hawkeye television series based on Matt Fraction’s award winning comic. One fan already wrote the perfect opening for it. Clint Barton could bring in Kate Bishop to form Team Hawkeye. We could then move into the Young Avengers. How cool would it be to have Billy Kaplan (Wiccan) and Teddy Altman (Hulkling) as the first canon gay couple in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? You could have Elijah Bradley (Patriot) whose grandfather was the first black Captain America from the racially charged and AMAZING read of Truth: Red, White, and Black. Cassie Lang from Ant-Man could join the fray with the Young Avengers too. Black Widow and Hawkeye shows on Netflix could lead to endless possibilities.
Maybe instead of thinking big, we should think on a smaller screen. There’s the very valid argument that a Black Widow movie would get more exposure. Trust me when I say I know this is important. I have four young nieces. I want them to have a badass super lady to look up to, but I want it to be done well. It’s not just about Widow kicking ass. I want Natasha to be developed with care and time on her side to produce a great narrative. So to the movie exposure argument, I say this:
Let’s have a movie AND a Netflix show.