With Captain America: Civil War‘s upcoming release, fans of the Marvel Universe get another opportunity to see their favorite characters hit the big screen. One of those characters is Natasha Romanoff, dubbed the Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson). DBut despite the popular character being portrayed by a talented and intriguing actress, Black Widow has yet to break out in her own adventurous film. A solo project, which both fans and filmmakers support. Such a notion was the topic of an interview by Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Captain American: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.
According to Joe Russo in an interview by Comics Alliance, he stated, “We find that the character is one of the richest, if not the richest, character in the Marvel universe.” He went on to add, “She’s a very complex character. She’s haunted by demons and her understanding of the world is fascinating. I think there is a lot that can be done with that character.”
While fans may get excited about a potential Black Widow film, word has it that future Avengers films will be focusing on developing new characters, meaning a future film exclusively about the Black Widow is unlikely.
Scarlett Johansson offered this note to EW, last year, about her character.
“I’m happy that people scrutinize the Widow’s storylines and care about it and are invested…I’d much rather it be like that than have a kind of ‘meh’ reaction. For me to have people say that would be, ouch, you know? Everything that I’ve done with the Widow, to me makes sense. It’s in line with active decisions that I’ve made for the character. I’ve been able to develop this character very closely with Joss and [Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo].”
Meanwhile, Joe and Anthony Russo dug into the bare bones of the upcoming blockbuster, comparing Winter Solider and Civil War when speaking in an interview with Collider.“…Winter Solider was a political thriller. We think of Civil War as a psychological thriller,” the directors stated. “It’s a complicated movie. And yes, it divides these people that you’ve known to not only be a team, but Cap and Natasha, in this movie, they’re evolving into a surrogate family for each other.“
They went on to talk about the need to reinvent Spider-man’s character and mold him into Civil War. The age of Civil War’s Spider-man, played by actor Tom Holland, was crucial to the Russos who wanted a younger actor to play the role as compared to Toby Maguire or Andrew Garfield’s respective portrayals of the popular character as young adults.
“I’m a comic book fan and collector, since I was a kid, and he’s my favorite character.” The Russos explained in an interview with Comic Book. “And to get a chance to reinvent that character…For me, I really wanted to see somebody cast who was very close to a high schooler’s age…”
Everything from where and how Spider-man lived in the original comics, to his age and living with his aunt on a single family’s budget, the Russos wanted an authentic feel to the new Spider-man. “The everyman appeal of the character, which is something we’ve always loved,” Anthony Russo described in the same interview with Comic Book.
With so many unique, both old and new, characters being dissected and developed alongside fascinating plots, fans and critics alike have a lot to look forward to in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fortunately, for fans, the wait isn’t long.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to be released on May 6.
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