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Apr 04 2019

Black Widow's Support

"Get me the best supporting cast possible!"To be honest we never thought a soloBlack Widowmovie was going to happen but the success ofBlack PantherandCaptain Marvelhas definitely convinced Marvel Studios that the future is with diversity (It took them long enough and will be embarassing forever that they couldn't be bothered to risk a female superhero until after DC proved the 'no-duh' appeal of female leads viaWonder Woman).Regardless of their motivations and sluggishness theBlack Widowstandalone is definitely on the fast-track now with new casting announcements.

So far we've got the always reliable David Harbour (thank god thatStranger Thingswoke people up to his talent!),the fast-rising Florence Pugh (so excellent inLady Macbethtwo years back and currently headliningFighting With My Family),and there are rumors that Rachel Weisz is also coming on board.The cast sounds very promising...

That said we do worry a bit about the movie.It's ideal window was surely 2015 or 2016 (postWinter Soldier) when Black Widow was still a character everyone BUT Marvel wanted more-more-more of.Yet in the past few years or so she's gone from everyone's favourite solo Avenger movie dream to a character people like to grouse about online.What a difference a handful of years,a couple of press blunders for ScarJo,and the fickle cycles of fandom make!Still we hope they pull it off because Scarlett Johansson has been one of the most singular actresses working since the days ofGhost World(2001) and people need to be reminded of why they once loved her so much.Yes,we here at TFE would prefer it if she did that via a series of newUnder the Skin,Lost in Translation,orDon Jonlevel acting-challenge curveballs but she seems happy to play in the big budget mainstream sandboxes for now.

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It might be strange to see the character with a solo movie in Phase Four since the OG Avengers might well feel passé after the dust settles fromAvengers Endgamegiven all the "new"heroes,and especially since the movie will reportedly be set in Natasha's pre-Avengersdays but better late than never!

Marvel is clearly waiting until afterEndgameends Phase Three to get more specific about their postEndgameplans but we know that the following two films are in the casting phase and thus likely to be the next pictures afterSpider-Man: Far From Home.

  • Black Widow(TBA) Scarlett headlining with Cate Shortland (Lore,Somersault) directing
  • The Eternals(TBA) Angelina Jolie in talks to headline with Chloe Zhao (The Rider) directing

The following have been announced but don't have dates

  • Doctor Strange 2
  • Black Panther 2
  • Shang-Chi
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3

Are you still rooting for ScarJo?

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She deserves her own film,but they'll really have to rise to the occasion to pull it off.

April 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterDan H

ehh,she's a key character in the avengers films but her character does not scream for a film about her.

I'd much rather have a standalone drama/thriller about a Soviet Spy with Scarlett Johansson than a Marvel film about black widow tbh.The stakes won't be high and Marvel films willonly go so dark.

April 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

I was really hoping for Jena Malone to play the main antagonist as I feel like Scarlett should have an equal to play against.Let's just hope Elizabeth Olsen will return as Scarlet Witch to be Black Widow's right-hand woman and moral compass.

April 4,2019 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

Don't forget about Her :-)

April 4,2019 | Unregistered Commenterhonduran

thevoid99 -- the movie takes place during her KGB years so cameos from Marvel heroes are highly improbable.

April 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I am definitely ready for this.ScarJo is a fantastic,badass action hero.I hope they also give her decent lines bc in most Marvel movies,she just gets to emote.

Glad you've mentioned Florence Pugh several times recently on this site.She is my favorite young actress of late,with a mesmerizing screen presence and formidable range.For those unconvinced or uninformed,watch her up against Michael Shannon in Little Drummer Girl or Anthony Hopkins in King Lear.Can't wait to see her with Saoirse Ronan and company in Little Women.

April 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Where in the timeline was BW in the KGB?That'd be before she showed up in IRON MAN 2 at least,so pre-2010.The 2000s?They could always cram Captain Marvel into that time-frame -- she was around then.Well technically we don't know where Carol was between the end of that movie and the credits scene where she shows up answering SLJ's page -- they'd have to address Natasha and Carol knowing each other immediately though,since the last we've seen is the two of them face to face.ANYWAY point being I think technically there is one "Avenger"who could show up in that time-line to boost its connection to the MCU if they wanted to.Unless somebody can prove me wrong,which wouldn't surprise me -- I just wrote a lot for not considering myself an expert!

April 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterJason

So an Oscar nomination does make you visible to casting directors,Wiesz is always game for fun.

April 4,2019 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

I'm so bored with these movies!I couldn't care less if they're attracting top talent.Look how much good that did for Annette Bening fans: "Rachel Weisz might have tiny role in a movie I'll never see...but we'll get to fawn over her character poster for a hot minute."

Yes,the diversity improvements are good.But neither Wonder Woman nor Black Panther lifted the franchises out of their tired,played-out,garish,shallow genre conventions.The difference is now Marvel/DC can trick critics/Twitter into treating their movies like "prestige fare."

April 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

Also,Scarlett Johansson hasn't had a good role in 5-6 years and I blame MCU.

April 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

Jason: Because of his gimmick,they could also,at least theoretically,justify putting Deadpool in there,at least for a scene.Essentially: "Even though his movies are set in the 90s,he's not bound by the fourth wall and knows pop-culture up to now."That's silly and kind of convoluted,but comics are REALLY silly and VERY convoluted.Also: Because the villain is supposedly Taskmaster,pretty easy justification,honestly.Here's my summary for how I'd do the movie: Black Widow gets beat,hard,in Act 1,and keeps asking how to beat this guy.A mole in the KGB actually working with SHIELD (Florence Pugh,Siryn) points her to him sometime in the middle of the physical rehabilitation that forms the first half of Act 2.Deadpool's "Training in Crazy"forms the second half of Act 2.More intimate than normal Act 3 fight,victory,denouement,switch to SHIELD,done.Done well,I'd say you've got a pretty good to great $70-90 million movie there that also sets up some pieces of the angle for "MCU X-Men."

April 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I'm with you.MCU contract made her missing great parts for sure due to productions obligations (she had to play Black Widow as many times as they wish in the number of movies she signed for),but at least IRON MAN 2 and THE AVENGERS put her back under the radar back in 2010 and 2012.Remember her 2007-2009 + 2011 movies?THE NANNY DIARIES,THE SPIRIT,THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL,HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU or WE BOUGHT A ZOO?Awful!She might lost her Oscary role in the last 7 years,but at least she didn't faded as a movie star.Fingers crossed for JOJO RABBIT and NOAH BAUMBACH UNTITLED PROJECT

April 5,2019 | Unregistered CommenterEd

I find it sad that this is now considered the peak of success for a woman - starring in a cartoon.

April 5,2019 | Unregistered CommenterFaye

I love Black Widow and she 100% deserves her own movie,shes been my favourite person in the MCU ever since her first appearence and Im so happy that shes finally getting a standal0one film.Ive been rooting for this ever since 2010.

May 23,2019 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

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July 13,2019 | Unregistered Commentergomaxtv

Black Widow's Powers and Abilities: Master in the covert arts of espionage,infiltration & subterfuge.Expert martial artist,with exceptional agility & athletic ability.Utilizes advanced weaponry including custom stun batons & "Widow's Bite"bracelets capable of stunning enemies with electrical discharges.

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