After Wonder Woman it’s time for Marvel’s Black Widow.
It seems that the overwhelming success of the first female superhero to have her own solo movie (Wonder Woman) has finally convinced Marvel studio to give Black Widow a movie of her own. While the news has already created a huge wave of excitement among the fans of the scarlet-haired badass assassin, speculations about the movie being an excellent opportunity for the Marvel cinematic universe to enter the R-rated territory have also emerged.
The project is reportedly only in its neonatal stage with Jac Schaeffer being hired for writing a script. Schaeffer first found ground with her feature screenwriting debut “TiMER”, which she also directed. She then caught the eye of Anne Hathaway and has since worked on projects such as Nasty Women, a Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake starring Hathaway, with a release date in August 2018. And the Black List script “The Shower”. The Disney short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” is another brainchild of Schaeffer.
NATASHA ROMANOVA, a.k.a. the BLACK WIDOW (played by Scarlett Johansson, first introduced in the film universe in 2010) is one of the world’s greatest spies and master of disguise and a movie on her would be a good way for MCU to venture into r-rated grounds if it wishes to do so.
Since the character first appeared in “Iron Man 2”, her fans have awaited an action-packed film with her in the center, just like her male colleagues have their own. Some could see the notion of it being r-rated as a risky idea, since Johansson’s appearance in six films, (the next one is in this summer’s “Avengers: Infinity War.”) which were all family-friendly MCU tent-poles. However, considering the future of the Deadpool franchise among others the concept of R-rated Marvel Cinematic Universe films is not very farfetched.
The way MCU has dealt with Natasha’s history in “The Red Room” and her being an expert spy and assassin with not a very saintly past; a new approach to the storyline – without being confined by a PG-13 rating – might be the best way to go about that.
Now all that is to do is wait and watch what the Russian spy does on screen.