Despite her appearances in two (soon to be three) Marvel Studios movies, we really don’t know that much about Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow. We know that she’s an extremely capable S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, but other than hints of a bloody past and a partnership with Hawkeye, not much backstory has been revealed. Well rest assured, fans of the Russian super spy, Avengers: Age of Ultron will delve into more of that backstory upon its release.
In an interview with Total Film, executive producer Kevin Feige talked about Black Widow’s role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and how she’ll “come to terms with her history” as a spy. Afterwards he talked about her role in the Avengers sequel as well as possibly giving her a solo film.
We start filming the next Avengers film at the end of March. [Black] Widow’s part in that is very big. We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that.
It sounds like Marvel is planning on elevating Scarlett Johansson’s role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe even higher. I’m not sure I’d necessarily want a Black Widow solo film prioritized over other properties like a Doctor Strange, Black Panther or Ms. Marvel, but I’d definitely be on board with it if they decide to put one into production. Depending on how the political thriller/spy storyline works in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I may start craving more of that genre.
My concern isn’t with a Black Widow solo film, but with revealing more of her history in Avengers: Age of Ultron. As it stands right now, we have a bigger role for Widow, a bigger role for Hawkeye, the introduction of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch as new Avengers, Rhodey getting a role in the movie and Ultron and Vision being created. That’s not including Captain America, Tony Stark, Thor and Hulk appearing. A lot of people have accused the upcoming Man of Steel sequel being overcrowded, but it’s looking like the Avengers sequel is guiltier of that crime.
The first film had a basic story: alien leads an army to Earth, Avenger beat alien and stop invasion. It was simple and it worked great for an ensemble film. While I’m glad the sequel will have a more intricate story, I’m starting to think there might be too much going on in it. I always like character development, especially in these superhero movies, but I don’t want it to get in the way of the most important factor of this film: the Avengers dishing a brutal beat-down on Ultron!