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Jessica Chastain Wonders Why There’s No ‘Black Widow’ Movie Yet

She has yet to appear in a superhero movie, but Jessica Chastain did turn down Iron Man 3 because of scheduling conflicts, saying, “Hopefully there’ll be another Marvel film in my future.”

However, the studio may need to answer a question before the two-time Oscar nominee considers another role.

In an interview with TheWrap, the actress vocalized the same frustration many fans are feeling: With Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow such a prominent figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, why hasn’t she been featured in her own movie?

“Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie? I don’t understand it, why is it taking so long for this?” she asked. “This woman clearly shows that people want to go see her in the movies. Lucy, didn’t it beat Hercules by a lot opening weekend, when it was made for a lot less? She shows that she kicks ass, she’s a great actress. Under the Skin is an incredible film, and why are we still waiting for a go-ahead on a superhero movie starring Scarlett Johansson?”

“To me, it’s a no-brainer,” Chastain continued. “You want to make money, put Scarlett Johansson in a superhero movie!”

She certainly isn’t the only one who wants to see Johansson shoulder her own superhero movie: Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall has expressed interest in helming Black Widow.

“I would love to do a Black Widow movie. That’s perfect, I would love to do that,” he said. “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.”

Whether the recent buzz surrounding Johansson is enough to catapult her into a Marvel film of her own, she’ll at least return again as Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, and again in Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016.


  • Ninjajp

    actually, the ultimate widow was genetically modified.

  • jp

    Is the Black Widow really interesting enough for a stand alone movie?

  • Grant

    There is no Black Widow movie for the same reason that there is no Hawkeye Movie. They both are support characters rather than stand alones at this stage of the game.

  • Oliver Queen

    I agree we need a female superhero franchise but a Black Widow movie would be a step backwards for Marvel. They started with a guy with a metal suit, a guy who turns into a green monster, a guy with a hammer and a guy with a shield (all fighting powers and abilities), then they put them together in the Avengers. The next step was to tell the next chapters of those existing characters and now they are exploring the universe further with Guardians in space as well as introducing in Joss Whedon’s words less “punchy powers” with characters like Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Ant-Man. Then they will explore the mystical side of Marvel. So basically it’s a step back to suddenly bring in a superhero film about a secret spy who is more hero than super. Don’t get me wrong it would’ve been awesome to watch a Widow movie but back in phase 1 along with Iron Man, Thor and Cap solo films, the time has passed now.

  • Ben

    No no no…. Obviously its sexism and THE MAN keeping the female down… I mean, what average movie goer wants to see a beautiful, buxom woman in skin tight leather kicking butt….

  • Kree

    yeah I can’t imagine there being a lot of interesting stories to tell with Black Widow that can’t/havent/aren’t going to be told in a Captain America film or S.H.I.E.L.D tv series. At the end of the day, she’s just your average spy, just a foil for Cap.

  • Farnham Bailey

    Calm down dear sir. there is relief at the brothel.