Scarlett Johansson Talks Black Widow Role And Possible Standalone Movie

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Scarlett Johansson has spoken about her role as Black Widow, the impact that being part of the Marvel franchise has had on her career, and whether she’d like to star in a solo movie focused on her popular character.

In a wide-ranging interview with Variety, the actress said that playing the superhero secret agent not only enabled her to prove her action skills, it also allowed her to step out of her “bombshell” image.

“The Marvel universe has opened up so many opportunities for me to stretch myself in ways that I never thought would be possible,” she said.

When asked about a standalone Black Widow movie, Johansson seemed positive.

“I would like for it to happen under the right circumstances. I think there’s a lot of opportunity to mine that story line,” she said. “She’s got a really rich origins story. There’s a lot of places you can go — you can bring it back to Russia. You could explore the Widow program. There’s all kinds of stuff that you could do with it. You could really uncover the identity of who this person is, where she comes from and where she’s part of.”

The actress said there was the possibility of a prequel, but that there are plenty of other opportunities.

“There’s plenty of back story. Or not. It could be something else,” she said. “There are so many ways you can go. I think it would just have to be very much like its own specific thing. It would have to have its own specific vibe. It would have been totally different than any of the other standalone films. I think if the fans wanted it enough, then it would probably become a reality.”

We think the fans probably would! In the meantime, Avengers: Infinity War starts filming later this year.