It seems like everyone is talking about the possibility of a female superhero movie from Marvel Studios. As the only female Avenger on screen so far and one of only two who hasn’t had a feature film yet, Black Widow is at the top of that list.
Fans talk about it. Reporters ask about it. Executives dance around it. Now one filmmaker has come out and said he’d like to direct it. Neil Marshall, who has genre experience with HBO’s Game of Thrones (which features more than its fair share of strong female characters, to boot) told Vanity Fair, “I would love to do a Black Widow movie.”
The writer and director said the character is “perfect” for what he would like to do. “That character is really interesting, she doesn’t have any superpowers, she just has extraordinary skills, and the world that she comes from, being this ex-K.G.B. assassin, I find that really fascinating, yeah.” He explained that not being able to identify with super powered characters keeps him away from them a bit.
So there’s fan interest, filmmaker interest, plenty of press, and Scarlett Johansson herself proved that a female-led actioner (Lucy) can not just lead at the box office, but take down The Rock in an opening weekend showdown. What’s stopping Marvel Studios at this point? It’s getting harder and harder to identify a problem.