While Black Widow is playing a bigger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she has yet to get her own standalone feature film.
Ever since Scarlett Johansson first played the role in 2010's Iron Man 2, Natasha Romanoff's importance in the MCU has been steadily increasing. She had a number of pivotal character moments in The Avengers and was pretty much a co-lead in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
She has an equally important impact in Avengers: Age of Ultron and will no doubt loom large in next year's Captain America: Civil War. But will Marvel ever get around to giving her a movie of her own? In an interview with Collider, Johansson said she'd like to see it happen:
“I think that there’s room for a standalone movie. The character has a really rich origin story and I’ve been really fortunate to kind of place all these layers on top of one another and kind of build up this character to this point where I think I can now start to peel them away and reveal different sides of her and really focus on -- I think I’ve been able to grow with the character, the character’s been able to grow with me."
Johansson added that she has spoken with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige about the possibility of not just one Black Widow film, but a series:
"Of course we’ve had that conversation before, and I think Kevin would also like to see a standalone film. I think I can speak for him and say that. That’s all, really. Right now I think this character is used well in this part of the universe, but I think that Kevin -- I mean, we’ve talked about it and we both share (a) similar vision for what could be a standalone series."
Johansson also revealed that she has the character's powerful appearance in The Avengers to thank for Black Widow showing up in the Cap movies as well:
"My contract has changed. Marvel and myself didn’t really know how the fans were gonna react to Black Widow the first time and how she was gonna be -- they couldn’t anticipate how they would want to use her or if they would want to use her. I mean we invested in that character, but the audience had a great reaction to the character, which has been so awesome. For instance, I wasn’t contracted into doing Cap movies, but that storyline worked out so well I kind of branched off and I found myself in that standalone movie. My contract is kind of mutating, I guess [laughs] or morphed to fit the demand of the character.”
Johansson concluded by indicating that she intends to stick around the MCU for a while, solo movie or not, and that she's "always happy to put the cat suit back on, for sure."
Now, some characters -- like, arguably, the Hulk -- work better as part of a team. Do you think that's the case with Natasha? Or would you like to see the Widow get her own set of movies in which to kick butt?