Scarlett Johansson is to star in a stand-alone Black Widow movie, Marvel president Kevin Feige has all but confirmed.
The 31-year-old New Yorker first appeared as Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow in 2010’s Iron Man 2 and reprised the role for 2012’s The Avengers, 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as last year’s The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Johansson makes her fifth appearance as the catsuit-clad superhero in Captain America: Civil War, which is in cinemas now.
Despite her being a Hollywood A-lister and the character being well established, Marvel have yet to give Johansson a Black Widow-fronted film.
However, fans wishes look likely to be granted soon, with Feige confirming that the studio are “creatively and emotionally” committed to making it happen.
Speaking to Deadline about Marvel’s latest release, Captain America: Civil War, Feige was asked whether there will be individual films for any of the characters in that movie who have not yet had the lead in their own movie.
Offered a list of War Machine, Falcon and Black Widow as superheroes who could potentially front their own film, Feige confirmed that the latter is where Marvel’s priorities lie.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Johansson herself has said she feels “there is room” for a Black Widow film.