News broke yesterday that after 5 appearances on the big screen since 2010, Marvel Studios is finally planning to give Black Widow her own solo movie. This of course will mean far more screen-time for the lovely Scarlett Johansson, which is something that, for the record, we here at Reservoir Geeks have always been in favor of.
After holding her own for the better part of a decade next to a giant green guy, a talking goatee, my wife’s free pass ([shaking fist at the sky] “Damn you, Chris Evans!!”), and everyone else’s wife’s free pass (Australian Fabio), Widow’s turn is well deserved. Of the movie’s original six Avengers, Hawkeye (who you probably didn’t even realize I omitted above) has been the only other hero who hasn’t had their own movie.
Not only is the first lady of the Marvel Cinematic Universe past due for getting her time in the spotlight, the current cultural climate is unquestionably primed for it. Female empowerment is experiencing a groundswell in the wake of exploitation scandals in Hollywood, Politics, and pretty much everything else ever. I know I’m not alone in wanting to see more superheroines kicking the asses of scumbags on the big screen.
I think they should go as far as to use Mole-Man as a villain in this movie just so we can see Harvey Weinstein’s Identical Twin get what’s coming to him. (Sure, Mole-Man is usually a foe of the Fantastic Four, but I really wanted to photoshop this into existence->)
The formula is proven, last Year’s Wonder Woman movie was both universally praised and also a box office hit; a singular accomplishment in DC’s sloppy movieverse. Given the established strength of the Marvel’s Film Universe, Black Widow could do the same for them without the name recognition. Seeing as they so recently hired screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to pen the film, there’s plenty of time to speculate on the details. Like where will the picture fit into Marvel’s carefully planned movie timeline? What new characters will show up? And most importantly, since Fox and Disney are merging, will Deadpool pop-in and break the fourth wall to try and collect an alimony check from real life his Ex-Wife?!
Sign me up!!