There’s a Black Widow Movie Coming, and I Have Some Thoughts…
It was announced a few days ago that Marvel was finally giving us a Black Widow movie. Jac Schaeffer (Nasty Women, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure) will be penning the script, and some reports say she’s already trying to meet with Scarlett Johansson to work on it. As of right now, there’s no word about release dates. My assumption would be some time in Phase 4 after the second Avengers: Infinity War, but that’s just my theory.
My first thought when I saw this news was it’s about time. Johansson has portrayed Widow since 2010 when the character first appeared in Iron Man 2. Ever since, Natasha Romanoff has been a staple in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans have clamored for years to get this film especially in a time where female led movies like Wonder Woman, Star Wars, and Beauty and the Beast are killing it in the box office.
I do have one major concern and a tiny gripe for this project.
My biggest fear for this movie is Bruce Banner. I love the Hulk. I adore Mark Ruffalo in the role. Though still to this day, I’m not sure how I feel about Avengers: Age of Ultron where they introduced romance between Banner and Natasha. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a biased Black Widow/Winter Soldier shipper thanks to Ed Brubaker’s run on Captain America. When Captain America: The Winter Soldier brought in the title character, I hoped beyond all hope that Bucky and Natasha would eventually end up together. It didn’t happen, and now we have Bruce and Natasha. I mostly have a problem with how rushed this couple was presented in Age of Ultron. I felt as a viewer I missed their getting together story. If it had been presented differently, I would probably be more on board for the relationship.
Which brings me to my fear for the Black Widow movie. I don’t want this to be a romance. I need it to be murdering, crazy, spy thriller with Natasha kicking ass for two solid hours while dealing with the mental side of how all of this impacts her character. I would be absolutely ecstatic if we don’t see a single male Avenger pop up, but I also wouldn’t mind if she phoned a friend like Hawkeye for help. As long as she’s the main focus for the majority of the film. In a post Wonder Woman world, we’ve seen that you can balance romance with an action story. The romance wasn’t the forefront of the movie. It was Diana getting out in World War I, discovering this new world, and stopping Ares. Steve Trevor helped her on that journey, and their romance was part of it. But it was still Diana’s story front and center. I could accept a Bruce and Natasha story similar to this tale. But if it’s all romance and Bruce ends up being the key to saving the day, I would be upset. Like Age of Ultron if Bruce was there, the presentation of the story would either make or break the movie for me.
The other gripe I have about this movie is more of a personal preference. I think television is the better format for storytelling. You can only fit so much in a two hour movie. Natasha has such a complex past that it’s going to be hard to tell her entire story in a short time frame. I’ve been saying for many years that I would prefer a 12-22 episode Black Widow show on Netflix. That would give it the space and time needed to really dig into the character. We could see the deadly Red Room, feel the grittiness of her missions, watch Johansson develop those emotional beats episode by episode to fully deliver a complex version of Natasha to make the audience truly understand her. A Widow show on Netflix could easily be the political thriller of Winter Soldier, the violence and mental struggles of Punisher, with the grit of Daredevil. Like I said, that’s more of my personal preferences. I’m still happy we’re finally getting a Widow movie, but I would rather have a show.
It’s still too early to judge too much about the Black Widow movie since we know nothing about the plot. We could make some assumptions. I’m wondering if it’s set in the past, since this will be post Infinity War. A lot of rumors are theorizing that some or all of the original Avengers team won’t make it out alive. I could see the Time Stone come into play putting Natasha backwards in her own origin story to try and change her friends’ fates. That’s only a theory. At this point, we’ll have to wait and see.
Hope set out into the world to be a Pokemon Coordinator. When she realized that Pokemon were not real, she pursued her other passion: writing. Hope was raised in fandoms and saw how they can help save the world from her work with The Harry Potter Alliance. Now, she works to bring that love into writing one article at a time. She's also a diehard Atlanta Braves fan, so don't diss her team.