Why Doesn’t Scarlett Johansson Get A Standalone Marvel Movie? | Film News
No one can deny that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a thriving franchise, if the huge successes of their 2016 films are anything to go by. Doctor Strange grossed over $673 million worldwide, positive reviews from critics and an Academy Award nomination. Captain America: Civil War was the highest-grossing film of 2016, cementing it a critical and commercial success.
With brand reputation alone, Marvel Cinematic Universe films are pretty much guaranteed box office hits. So why doesn’t MCU take a chance and move forward with a Black Widow standalone film?
Scarlett Johansson, the actress behind Black Widow, told Total Film, “I’ve talked to Kevin Feige about it. 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 Marvel and myself“.
The physical efforts required in MCU films is also a point of concern. “I don’t know if I have the capacity for it,” Johansson admitted.
The actress has also been busy with both MCU and non-Marvel commitments in the film world. Last year, she featured in Hail, Caesar!, The Jungle Book, Sing and Captain America: Civil War. Movies slated for a 2017 release include Rock That Body and Ghost In The Shell, the latter of which is currently generating a lot of hype for its March release.
“Marvel has a really huge roster. They’re looking four years ahead. I also have a lot of things that I want to do,” she said.
Johansson is currently filming for Isle Of Dogs and Avengers: Infinity War, both of which are expected to hit theatres in 2018. It’ll be a while before we next see Black Widow on the big screen, so it’ll be even longer before we hear more concrete news about a Black Widow standalone film.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Oscar-winner, Brie Larson, will be the first female Marvel superhero to get a solo movie with Captain Marvel planned for 2019. Her character, Carol Danvers, will be introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Avengers: Infinity War.
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