With the insane success of Guardians of the Galaxy, and with their pure dominance at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con, Marvel Studios’ popularity is at an all time high. However, something is missing. Enter the burning question of the 2014 hero movie genre: Will we see a female lead have her own movie? According to the rumors, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, may be the answer.
Nicole Perlman, co-writer of Guardians of the Galaxy, who is also a major contributor to the Marvel cinematic universe, really stirred things up this week, when she tweeted this:
Hey folks, before rumors get out of hand: I wrote a treatment for Black Widow in 2010/2011, but I am not actively developing it right now.
— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) August 4, 2014
Well, 2010/2011 does seem an eternity ago, especially when you’re talking about the fast-paced, highly competitive world of the Marvel vs DC/Warner Bros. battle for supremacy. Marvel better jump on Perlman’s script and get it made, before DC makes Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, the first female solo movie.
I guess the real question here is, why hasn’t there been a female solo movie? There are so many fantastic female superheroes, both in the Marvel and DC universe, that quite frankly, it’s a travesty that one of these “super-women” haven’t been given the spotlight.
Which brings me to a second point. Although I would watch the heck out of a Black Widow movie (mainly because of Scarlett Johansson…sorry, not sorry), I don’t think that Black Widow is the right female hero to carry the female lead flag through to a solo movie.
There are far more powerful female characters in comic books, that a second tier heroin, like Black Widow, would benefit more if, let’s say…Jean Grey got the first female movie nod. Don’t forget, if not for the success of Marvel’s phase 1 and 2, Black Widow would only be known to fans of the comic books.
Jean Grey is arguably the most powerful mutant in the Marvel universe. Her powers far exceed those of Professor Xavier, the founder and as some believe, the most powerful mutant alive/dead/alive…wait is he alive or dead right now? I digress.
In my opinion, a movie based on the Dark Phoenix Saga, would absolutely be a far better choice for the first female hero movie, than a Black Widow stand-alone. The Phoenix Saga and Dark Phoenix Saga story-arcs were some of the best written stories in the Marvel universe, to date. A Jean Grey-Dark Phoenix movie would probably be an even better movie than X-Men: Days of Future Past (which is saying A LOT), and would without a doubt, if written correctly, would be the best X-Men movie ever made.
So, is Marvel actually considering a female lead in her own movie? The rumors say yes, but until an actual and official announcement is made, we will have to sit and stew in the soup-pot of speculation.
Which female character would you rather see in her own stand-alone movie? Let me know in the comments below.