Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) debuted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in Iron Man 2 in 2010. Not long after her appearance in Avengers (2012), folks have been talking about a standalone Black Widow movie. There have been rumors and desires expressed, but no solo movie has been confirmed yet.
With this in mind, and with Black Widow's fifth appearance in the MCU coming up this week in Captain America: Civil War, Collider asked Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo of that movie about the Widow:
ANTHONY RUSSO: It's a no-brainer, right?
JOE RUSSO: I don't think [it'll take] much. I think it's just a function of where on the slate it goes. She's a bad-ass.
The directors think it's nearly a done deal, but may be a matter of when. They might be in a good position to know since Civil War is their second MCU film, and they will be directing the capper to Phase 3, with Avengers: Whatever. In the recent past Johansson did say she'd be "around" and "happy to put the cat suit back on". She also said that she talked to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige about and thinks he is onboard and at the same time mentioning a "standalone series".
Well Mr. Feige, there is an Inhuman-sized hole in your schedule now on July 12, 2019. There are also unannounced titles on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020. In addition, it's not like Marvel has never changed their schedule before.
Collider also asked which Marvel character the Russos would like to put into a Marvel movie that are currently with another studio, and they both wanted the same character: Wolverine. When asked about which obscure Marvel characters they like to appear in MCU, Anthony Russo mentioned an Avengers team:
ANTHONY RUSSO: Great Lakes Avengers.
Joe Russo went a little outside the Marvel Universe and picked a character no longer published by Marvel (Epic Comics line):
JOE RUSSO: I'll pick Groo the Wanderer. It was a big character in my childhood.
In a different interview, the screenwriters for Captain America: Civil War (and the upcoming Avengers movies), Steve McFeely named Namor, and Chris Markus said Marvel Zombies.
Hmn. Well this reporter would love to see Mr. Immortal, Big Bertha, Dinah Soar, Doorman, Flatman, and Squirrel Girl on the big screen. A Black Widow solo would be cool too.
Black Widow will next appear in Captain America: Civil War May 6. Johansson be on movie screens again May 31, 2017 as Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell.
In a long interview with Deadline (in which he also comments on the Swinton situation), Feige commented on a solo Black Widow movie. No official announcement yet (they still have 9 more movies in Phase 3), but he thinks both Scarlett and Black are "amazing":
DEADLINE: You’ve got a bunch of characters in this movie from Falcon and War Machine and Black Widow and Hawkeye, who have so far guest starred in movies with another characters title above the fold. Is there one destined to get a solo movie down the line?
FEIGE: We’ve announced the next nine movies, ten counting Civil War, through the end of 2019. Where we go beyond that are ongoing discussions that we’ll focus on in the next few years because we have a lot to do before then. Of the characters that you’ve just mentioned I would say certainly the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is black widow.
FEIGE: We think she’s an amazing character. We think Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of her is amazing. She’s a lead Avenger and has amazing stories in her own right to tell that we think would be fun to turn into a standalone franchise.