The worldwide success of Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy is responsible for pushing the talks for a solo Black Widow movie to the forefront of the Marvel and Hollywood “Next big movie” discussion. In North America, Lucy has already reached the $113.8 million mark, and now is at over $200 million globally, with 22 markets overseas still left to open.
So with Scarlett Johansson’s star brightly shining, now would be the time for Marvel to strike, and right the wrongs of the Elektra movies, finally giving a female solo hero movie the spotlight it deserves.
And, not like Black Widow is a super-hero in the strictest sense of the word, but she is a badass, global-crime fighting, super spy, member of SHIELD, who just happens to have stood next to Thor, Hulk, Captain America, and Iron Man, when the world needed avenging…so she fits the prerequisites for a female hero, in my book.
Now is the time that Marvel needs to take advantage of an overwhelming public outcry for a strong female lead, in a comic book hero movie, and according Game of Thrones director, Niel Marshall, he’s just the guy to do it. During an interview with Vanity Fair, the director who has been responsible for some of Game of Thrones’ biggest battle scenes, like Blackwater and Watchers on the Wall, had some very cool things to say about female leads and Scarlett Johansson/Black Widow in particular.
I think I’d like to do a big movie with a strong female lead, whether or not she would be a superhero. I’m more interested in characters like Scarlett Johansson in Lucy. I’m less interested in people with superpowers because I can’t identify with them. Very rarely do they get killed off, and when they do get killed off, chances are they’re going to be back . . . somehow. Yes, I’d love to do a big splashy movie with a great female lead, but it has to be someone I can believe in.
Then he was asked specifically about Black Widow.
I would love to do a Black Widow movie. That’s perfect, I would love to do that. That character is really interesting, she doesn’t have any superpowers, she just has extraordinary skills, and the world that she comes from, being this ex-K.G.B. assassin, I find that really fascinating, yeah.
For now, there has been no official word from Marvel, regarding Niel Marshall or a stand-alone Black Widow movie, but if a major Game of Thrones director who has been responsible for some of the series’ best episodes, comes calling, then it’s time to take note.
What do you think, is Black Widow primed to be the next big female-lead hero movie from Marvel? Do you think it will right the wrongs from Elektra, to give a female-lead hero movie the respect it deserves? Let us know your thoughts, in the comments below.