Scarlett Johansson's take on elusive Russian superspy Natasha Romanoff may have stolen our hearts back in 2010, but audiences' love for the Marvel character still hasn't earned her her very own standalone film in the MCU.
While we're sure to see her guns blazing alongside the Avengers once again come 2018's Infinity War, it's about time that this long standing—and absolutely stunning—part of the superhero world has time to shine without being towered over by men with hammers or 'roided out green fists.
During a recent interview with Variety, Johansson spoke candidly about her role as Natasha, and about taking the character to new heights—if it all makes sense with Marvel's storylines, at least. "It would have to fit in the idea of where they want to go," she said. "I’m invested in that character. Marvel is greatly invested in that character. If I did it, I’d have to do it while I still actually wanted to wear a skin-tight catsuit. I don’t know how much longer that’s going to be."
Age of Ultron saw a little bit of exposed, never-before-seen backstory (courtesy of Scarlet Witch's crazy mind control), but a solo outing for Ms. Romanoff would give fans a greater look at just how she ended up transitioning from deadly assassin to covert S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
"There’s a lot of places you can go—you can bring it back to Russia," she said. "You could explore the Widow program. There’s all kinds of stuff that you could do with it. You could really uncover the identity of who this person is, where she comes from and where she’s part of."
Johansson believes all it takes is a little bit more petitioning.
"It would have to have its own specific vibe. It would have been totally different than any of the other standalone films. I think if the fans wanted it enough, then it would probably become a reality."
So what are you waiting for?