Avengers: Infinity War Director Says He Thinks A Black Widow Solo Movie’s Coming

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That Marvel Studios have gone ten years and nineteen films without one starring a female hero is pretty bad. Fortunately, they’re making up for lost time with next year’s Captain Marvel, which will apparently be followed by a long overdue Black Widow solo movie. Or at least, that’s what Avengers: Infinity War co-director Joe Russo thinks will happen.

He and executive producer Trinh Tran were being interviewed by Channel NewsAsia today and were asked about the representation of women in superhero movies. Both sung the praises of the upcoming Captain Marvel and explained that it was important that Disney and Marvel Studios create characters that, as Tran put it, “little girls can look up to.” That question lead into the interviewer asking whether the pair thought a solo Black Widow movie would be made eventually, to which Russo replied, “I think it’s coming!”

We already know that Marvel Studios have started laying the groundwork for the production, with screenwriter Jac Schaeffer meeting with Scarlett Johansson to discuss possible ideas for the character. We can get some idea of what they discussed from how the actress talks of a future solo outing in the role, too, as she’s previously said:

“I think there is definitely an opportunity to explore the Widow as a woman who has kind of come into her own and is making independent and active choices for herself probably for once in her life. You know she hasn’t always had that possibility so if it fit that criteria, then yes, I would want to do it.”

Perhaps more importantly for the near future, all this talk pretty much rules out Black Widow dying in Avengers: Infinity War. For a long time, she was seen as a possible victim of Thanos – the character being somewhat more vulnerable than her super-powered teammates. Fortunately for her fans (me among them), it looks like Johansson has a couple of changes of wig left in her yet.

Then again, I guess we never really know. A Black Widow solo film could always end up being a prequel of some sort, in which case she may indeed meet her end at the hands of the Mad Titan. One way or another though, we’ll find out soon enough, as Infinity War will be here next week.

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