Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige and Scarlett Johansson explained why it took so long to produce a standalone film for Black Widow.
This summer, Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romonaff will take the lead in Marvel Studios Black Widow. Of course, fans have been clamoring for the heroine to receive her own solo movie ever since she debuted in the Marvel Cinematic a decade ago in Iron Man 2.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige addressed the reason it took so long to get a Black Widow film on the company’s slate. As Kevin Feige explained, Black Widow’s storyline in the Infinity Saga took top priority over stepping out for a solo film that was set in the past:
“We had been planning the conclusion for the Infinity Saga for the past five or six years, and Natasha’s journey within those films took the priority. The notion of breaking out for a stand-alone film that takes place in the past, for a character that we already knew and were already following, didn’t feel right.”
Scarlett Johansson added that she was also unsure about whether or not she wanted to do a standalone movie. As the actress explained, she wanted a Black Widow film to be creatively challenging if she was to continue playing the character:
“I was like, I think I’m good. If we [were] going to do this, it had to be creatively fulfilling. I’ve been working for such a long time, and I have to feel like I’m challenged. I don’t want to do the same thing that I’d already done before.”
The outlet notes that Scarlett Johansson changed her mind after a meeting with director Cate Shortland, who said, “We just bonded over stories about trust and about intimacy and about women surviving.”
Here is the official synopsis for Marvel Studios’ Black Widow:
In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
Directed by Cate Shortland from a script written by Eric Pearson based on a story by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, Marvel Studios’ Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, Ray Winstone, Olivier Richters, and Rachel Weisz.
Black Widow will be released in theaters on May 1, 2020.
Source: Entertainment Weekly