Scarlett Johansson Explains Why Black Widow Solo Film Wouldn't Work Right After Iron Man 2

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The wait continues for Black Widow but why didn't Marvel Studios decide to release on Natasha Romanoff's solo film a lot sooner, perhaps before COVID-19 became a problem? Scarlett Johansson has just explained why her character's standalone movie wouldn't work too well if it was released right after she was introduced in Iron Man 2.

Johansson was interviewed for Black Widow: The Official Movie Special Book where the Jojo Rabbit actress discussed why the studio decided against giving Nat her own solo movie right after her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut.

"If we had made a Black Widow standalone back then, it would be such a different film to this one," Johansson said. She then stated that "Natasha's sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame" provided the actress with "a totally different perspective on who she is."


"Before, I don't think I would have been able to show people who Natasha really is, what drives her and show her emotional core," Johansson continued. "I don't think we'd be able to cut that deep back then."

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But what would a Black Widow film be like if it was released right after the second Iron Man movie? "It would have probably been much more of a straight-up spy thriller that maybe would have been a lot flashier in a different kind of way and just scratch the surface of what we do in this movie," Johansson said.

Although the idea of a "straight-up spy thriller" is a fun idea, we're quite content with the more emotional plans for Black Widow. Needless to say, we can't wait for this movie to finally be released.

Black Widow is currently scheduled to premiere on May 7, 2021.

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