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Scarlett Johansson: A Standalone Black Widow Movie Needs to be ‘Groundbreaking’ and ‘Incredibly Badass’

Jac Schaeffer was hired by Marvel to pen the script for the film earlier this year.

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

“Avengers: Infinity War” marks the sixth time Scarlett Johansson has played Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow on the big screen, and it won’t be the last if the actress has anything to say about it. During an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Johansson expressed interest in continuing to play the character and addressed the reports that Marvel is finally developing a standalone Black Widow film.

“I think there’s room for it,” Johansson said with excitement. “The only way to do it would be if it were something that we’ve never seen before that was really groundbreaking and incredibly badass. I think if anyone could make that happen my boss Kevin Feige could. He’s a visionary.”

“I think it could be something really special,” she continued. “Theres a lot of room there. The character has a tortured past, she’s had to make a lot of difficult decisions. She has a lot of trauma. She’s got issues. There’s room to work them all out.”

Anticipation for a standalone Black Widow movie has been building over the last several years. Johansson first played the character in 2010’s “Iron Man 2,” making her one of the veteran members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The studio announced in January that Jac Schaeffer is penning the script. Schaeffer is a rising screenwriter best known for her Black List script “The Shower.” Plot details about the film are entirely under wraps, although a rumor reported by ScreenRant suggests the film will be a prequel and could co-star Sebastian Stan’s Bucky/Winter Soldier.

Johansson is listed as a cast member in the untitled fourth “Avengers” sequel, which shot during the same time as “Infinity War” and will be released May 3, 2019. “Infinity War” is her second release of 2018 following a voice role in Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs.” You can watch Johansson’s appearance on “Ellen” below.

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