Will Scarlett Johansson get her own Black Widow movie? Her costars ‘rally’ for it

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Scarlett Johansson covers the December issue of Marie Claire UK to promote the international release of Don Jon. The interview (of course) focuses primarily on ScarJo’s thoughts on pr0n. She also fangirls Marty Scorsese while talking about her new Dolce & Gabbana “short film,” which I’ve included at the bottom of this post. Scarlett looks very beautiful in this shoot. It’s worth noting that her mouth is not hanging open in any of the photos, which seems to be her default sultry pose in most shoots.

Here’s a quick diversion: Scarlett’s Black Widow character has made her mark not only in the Avengers movie but also in Iron Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. People are starting to wonder whether or not she’ll get her own movie in the franchise. Do you know who is speaking out on ScarJo’s behalf? Chris Hemsworth. He told E! Online that Marvel needs to make it happen: “I’d live to see a Black Widow movie, I think it will [happen]. It has to. We’ll rally for it. We’ll get it started.” Tom Hiddleston chimed in too: “That would be amazing. Scarlett would really bring the thunder on that.” That’s really sweet of these guys to go there for Scarlett. I think fans would turn out for a Black Widow movie, and she needs to be more than a sidekick to the sausage fest.

Now here are the aforementioned Marie Claire excerpts:

On the big P: “I think pr0n, like anything else, can be enjoyed. It can be productive for both men and women.”

Everything in moderation: “If I found out my boyfriend watched that much pr0n I would be totally flabbergasted, for sure.”

Working with Martin Scorsese for D&G: “I had these moments where I’d be on set and and I’d hear him call across the street [here she shifts into an excellent imitation of Scorsese's charmingly halting conversational style], “Scarlett, can you do another one that’s a little more intimate?” I was like, “Holy sh-t. It’s Martin Scorsese!’”

[From Marie Claire UK]

Meh, I’m so tired of hearing about pr0n. Don Jon was an adorable and funny movie, but enough already. It is funny that Scarlett seemed intimidated by Scorsese. I wonder if she wants to count Marty’s skin tags like she does for Woody Allen.

Here’s that D&G “short film. It’s a minute long and co-stars Matthew McConaughey, whom I am aware of as the killer of all conversation on this site. People need to give Matty some love. He’s cheesy, but he’s amazing.

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

Photos courtesy of Marie Claire UK

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  1. Tapioca says:

    Elektra, anyone? Apart from the first Tomb Raider and Salt, which were solid but unspectacular BO hits, female-led action movies have bombed disastrously. And Scarlett is AWFUL as the Black Widow for the few scenes she does get, asking her to carry a whole movie would end the studio…

    • Nya says:

      Congratulations on parroting the most misogynistic excuse ever. Daredevil anyone? Clooney’s Batman anyone? Green Hornet anyone? Green Lantern anyone?

      There have only been like 2 female led superhero movies, and their failure is NOT A REASON to say they should never happen in the future.

      • Mia4S says:

        Thank you Mya! This same ridiculous sexist argument constantly gets trotted out. Those movies didn’t fail because they starred women, they failed because they were AWFUL!!!

        I do think there are more interesting options then Black Widow to be honest.

      • Violeta says:

        IMO it’s about the acting and also indeed the script and direction, thus why Elektra was a disaster, as equally as Daredevil, Green Lantern (Reynolds was plain awful and the script was horrendous). The underlying issue is mostly Hollywood being sexist and doing over and over again male superheroes films rather than giving a chance to the likes of Wonder Woman, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Manhunter etc. to be developed. They ruined Rogue and Storm in the X-Men franchise, whereas they are totally BAMF in the comics, hell even Cyclop they turned him into a whimp all boo-hoo because Jean Grey died… I’m pretty sure there are solid scripts around that can be made but I personally don’t find Scarlett very much compelling as Black Widow character, even though I’m glad there is at least a try for a female co-lead in the Marvel universe on the big screen. Still, I think she may fill seats in theaters because well, it’s Scarlett Johansson eh… and the problem she will have to face are the sexist questions from journalists if it ever happens that the movie is made.

      • KC says:

        Thanks for this. When male driven films bomb nobody drags them up as a reason to never attempt another. Sick of this bs logic. The market for female superheroes exist, see Wonder Woman, Buffy and even Powerpuff Girls which all had large male audiences. Studio execs just seem to believe that females belong on TV not Film.

        The first Comic Franchise to invest in a credible female lead (and Black Widow is credible!) will make a killing. Fact. But neither will make the move until they see their rival heading in that direction. Dumbasses!

      • Tapioca says:

        Call me “sexist” as much as you want, but the fact remains that audiences don’t generally respond as favourably to female-led films. Indeed, Warner Brothers studio publicly stated that they would not green-light any female-led action movies (in the late-noughties) because they pretty much all lost money, then backtracked, made Sucker Punch and their initial decision was proved spectacularly right.

        And of the terrible films you list Daredevil may have been awful but it MADE A LOT OF MONEY. As did – believe it or not – Batman & Robin and The Green Hornet. The only one that was actually a flop was The Green Lantern.

        @Mia4S: The Hunger Games is clearly not an action film – unless you count sitting in trees and crying as “action”!

      • Sarah says:

        Completely agree! I find the Black Widow to be an incredibly interesting character. They teased at the backstory in The Avengers but didn’t quite tell it. I want to know and would see a Black Widow movie.

      • kimmy says:

        agree that women can do an action movie, but I don’t think ScarJo is the pick for the star of one. She’s not really the woman to carry an action movie in many people’s opinion.

    • Mia4S says:

      So the Aliens series and the Hunger Games are not action/genre films? Sure, just your average romantic comedies. If you are going to be sexist, at least be accurate.

    • moon says:

      Audiences don’t react as well to female led action flicks not because we don’t want to see women but because studios have gotten it all wrong – they try to sex up the whole thing so boys will go watch, but boys would rather watch male action heroes with their banging side piece. GIRLS would go watch female action heroes if they weren’t so overly sexed up as to be misogynistic, we want to see gutsy real heroines. That’s why Salt worked. If we had more female led scripts written and filmed that way, audiences would react more favourably.

    • Dommy Dearest says:

      Actually with where Widow is at in the movie universe if they made a movie of Natasha it would be dull and boring. She started out as a villain and THAT is where her story is the most awesome. She wouldn’t be able to do a stand alone movie due to the fact that Black Widow is going to NEED the other Avengers in the movie to make it work. Black Widow in her Avenger timeline is one of the most boring characters. Scarlett is awful as Widow, she can’t even keep a Russian accent going long enough for her few lines in each of the Marvel movies so her credibility as my Widow is not even close to 1% for me.

      If they are going to do a movie with an Avenger character that is female as well they need to go with Ms Marvel. She has story and background that won’t NEED the Avengers to make an appearance in for the first movie.

    • Shoe_Lover says:

      So what was the Alien series then? pretty sure that was an action series led by one of the best female characters Ripley. Sigourney Weaver was the freaking bomb in those films and oh yeah, they made a heap of money. The problem isn’t female led films, the problem is the premise of female led films these days.

    • Bridget says:

      Tere IS a market for them, but unfortunately there is some sort of compulsion to try to sex up the female heros in a way that they don’t do with the men (Halle Berry’s catwoman costume being a prime example). But beyond that, these properties are still treated as ‘second class’ and simply end up being terrible movies. It doesnt matter what audience the movie is intended for if the movie is a piece of crap. Hollywood is a town run almost entirely by men of a certain age, so it’s.not exactly like we’re working with the experts on the female species here.

      And please don’t use either WB or Sucker Punch as an example of anything. That movie was so absurdly misogynistic that to imply its a ‘women’s movie’ is like saying that Baywatch is a women’s show. And WB will say that kind of crap… Until someone puts out a quality product that women flock to, and then they’ll jump on that bandwagon as fast as their little legs will carry them.

      Also, I dare you to make that same statment, but substitute ”black people” for ”women” and see how ridiculous you sound.

  2. Anna says:

    Aww, Chris and Tom, being equal opportunity sweethearts, as they are :)

  3. Frida_K says:

    Matt’s cheesy but his Texas accent makes my heart flutter.

  4. PrairieGirl says:

    OF COURSE they support a Black Widow movie. Then they can have a cameo / supporting role in HER film, which counts against THEIR contracts with Marvel, for a small time commitment on their part. Give it a few months; you’ll hear Chris Evans say the same thing.

  5. Miss M says:

    Well, considering that Marvel writers will have a brand-new Black widow book in 2014, I won’t doubt she will get her movie and I hope she does. I like ScarJo.

  6. Marty says:

    I’m all for a solo female superhero movie, there are so many great ones to choose from.But Scarlett’s version of Black Widow has all the personality of a wet mop.

  7. V4Real says:

    I’m with Miss M on this. I hope she does as well. People get over your dislike of Scarlett, it’s not about her. As Whedon said we need more women superheroes in this male dominated genre of films.

    Also props to Marvel for bringing back Ms. Marvel to the comics. Now I wouldn’t mind Black Widow teaming up with Ms Marvel.

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      @V4real: Sorry, but I’m not willing to sit thru a mediocre (at best) actress who bores the snot out of me simply because she’s female and in her own action movie. Do I want more female focused movies? Heck yeah. But I want the acting to be GOOD, and the films to be GOOD. I’m not going to automatically like it and want to watch it just because the lead has a vagina. Making bad female-centric action films defeats the purpose entirely. ScarJo is cardboard as Black Widow-I can’t imagine an entire film focused on her character.

    • Dommy Dearest says:

      Her timeline in the movie universe wouldn’t make a good movie either. If she was traitor Black Widow then I’d bite. But there is no way she’d be able to support a whole film in the way Iron Man did- THE FIRST MOVIE. But that would also bring in villains such as Baron Von Zemo and a world of other characters. They’re going on the route of Young Avengers so we wouldn’t see the Secret Avengers or anything else that would really allow for Widow to be anything other than a supporting character.

      Plus, Scarlett and her lack of a Russian accent (ability or laziness) makes me dislike Scarlett even more as Black Widow.

  8. eliza says:

    I am frankly bored with superhero movies and have zero interest in seeing a Black Widow franchise start up. Pretty sad when Marvel comic movies are the only thing most people want to see anymore. I long for the day when the superhero movie comes around every 5-10 yrs. Yawn.

    Johansson isn’t even good as BW. I also get irked by this fraternity of actors from The Avengers campaigning for each other to get their own movies. Enough already!

  9. serena says:

    I don’t know if she’d carry on a movie about Black Widow.. I mean, not for her, but the character’s story isn’t too much, she’s really just a supportive character. That said, I’d see it anyway.

  10. Dhavynia says:

    Love me some McConaughey I don’t care if he’s cheesy or not

    And I love Scarlett, I don’t get the hate and i know she’s no Meryl caliber but she’s definately more appealing to watch than Hathaway, Beil or Roberts

  11. Kate says:

    She does look beautiful in those photos. As for the movie … I don’t know. I always think of Cat Woman and Elektra (both dreadful) when I think of films with female superhero characters as main protagonist. Hollywood just doesn’t seem to get them right. The problem isn’t female superheroes at all, so this isn’t about misgyny. It’s about Hollywood having problems writing quality material for bad-ass women. I don’t trust Hollywood, but if they give her a good script I think Scarlett would do fine.

  12. phlyfiremama says:

    Sometimes I think ScarJo is incredibly beautiful and hot, but more often then not she makes me yawn. It’s like she deliberately or unconsciously hides the hot. She has been getting better, I guess those pop tarts and younger actresses coming up hot on her heels have helped her ramp up her vixen look!!

  13. Murphy says:

    Aw man, from the picture I thought this was a story on Kat Dennings.
    Wish it was!

  14. Thiajoka says:

    Let’s get to the real point of this, which is that it’s going to piss Goop off soooo much that ScarJo is offered her own franchise. LOL.

  15. Megan says:

    Black widow was cool, but I don’t know that she was all that interesting for me to see a whole movie about her. She kinda locked personality and I feel like I would be bored.

    However can we PLEASE get a Wonder Woman movie already?!

  16. Whatwhatnot says:

    Hmmm. How about no? ScarJo’s Black Widow was the weakest link in the Avengers and she honestly doesn’t interest me as an actress. She might as well blend in with the scenery. Her character isn’t even really superhuman. How about Wasp? Now she actually has superhuman powers.

    I also think Hollywood ruins some of the greatest female superheros. Like Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix. She is probably one of the fiercest characters, both male and female, in the X-Men comic book franchise and it’s like they didn’t know what the hell to do with her character in the movies. Her character had so much potential and it was disappointing to see what they did with her.

    • Mela says:

      Totally agree. Hollywood just doesn’t know what to do with female superheroes. I just look at that mess of a Catwoman movie too. Such an iconic character and you get that mess.

      I’m not interested in a Black Widow movie either. I think she’s not only the weakest link in the Avengers team, but not even one of the most interesting female characters in the franchise either. If they figured out a way to give Peggy from Captain America her own movie, I would see it in a heart beat.

    • Dommy Dearest says:

      Dark Phoenix is my homegirl. I CANNOT speak enough hate for what they did to her in Last Stand- what they did to her the entire films. Uh hello, Jean should have been in First Class! She’s the most powerful X-Men while the cosmic force is hosted within her and compared to the rest of the Marvel universe she’s one of the most powerful- though there are beings that are more powerful than Jean. People don’t get that some of the X-Men (and MANY other heroes of Marvel) are also apart of the Avengers. The movies would be AMAZING if they actually allowed for crossover like that but won’t due to Sony/Fox owning the rights to some Marvel groups (such as X-Men).

      @Mela: If they were to do anything with Captain’s love interest it would be in the way of Sharon ‘Agent 13′ Carter. She’s Captain’s actual love interest in a lot of the comics and she is pretty bad ass. Her and Widow are actually friends and quite a duo of hot spies that can kick butt quicker than brushing their hair.

      I’m wanting to see Ms Marvel. Wasp would be cool however since they aren’t including Hank Pym in the movies then it’d be kinda pointless to have Wasp in them. They won’t have Invisible Woman, She-Hulk, Storm, Scarlet Witch, Mockingbird, Spiderwoman or Valkyrie in any of the films- some due to Fox owning the rights and others because of the way the timeline has been worked however it would be completely awesome to see them in there. While I love the comics I have a love-hate with the Marvel movieverse for so many reasons. I will say that I’ve lost all faith in Joss though after his announcement for Avengers 2. It further seals Wasp’s NO appearance in the movie with what they are doing, as well as Hank Pym.

  17. Violeta says:

    I’ve watched Man of Steel not mong ago and my god the actress playing Faora was one the best female BAMF on screen ever, acting and fight scenes were on point! I’m all about a Faora UI movie!!! :D

  18. JJ says:

    ScarJo cant act, she is dumb and her faux intellectualism and her constant hanging her mouth open in photo shoots are extremely annoying. Give Hayley Atwell the job, that would be great!

  19. St says:

    Why would they give Black Widow own movie? It’s not like anyone cared about her. She was JUST THERE. Nobody hated her, nobody liked her. She was weak character and Scarlett played her weak. It’s not like Black Widow would get some 150 millions at the box-office. Of course no one will ever do a movie about her.

    Almighty Loki still can’t get his own movie because producers don’t know if his fandom would be enough to get 150 millions. And we all know how many Loki has fans. Black Widow has none.

  20. Erin says:

    Kill Bill is female led. Kill Bill is awesome. Nuff’ said.

  21. miasys says:

    Loki? Yes, please. Pretty please.
    Black Widow? Netflix, baby. I’m not a hater, but her character is not compelling enough to me to carry a movie or a franchise. She’s fine as part of an ensemble, I think she’s gorgeous and I love her voice. Her red lips on the cover reminded me of Rocky Horror. I’m still kinda waiting for them to start singing to me.

  22. TheOriginalWaffle says:

    For me, Scarlett was way overexposed six or seven years ago, but I’m coming around to her because her recent role choices. It was so tiring about her being the thinking man’s bombshell, or whatever she was supposed to be, but now that’s worn off, it’s time to appreciate her voice and timing and action-hero potential. Do this thing.

    She and McC are super cute together.

  23. Andie says:

    YES, PLEASE. I need a Black Widow movie in my life!