Screenwriter David Hayter, who had a hand in writing 2000’s X-Men and its 2003 sequel X2, wrote what was rumored to be a pretty authentic version of this core Avenger’s origin story back in the early 2000’s. Despite the growing success of female lead super hero flicks like Tomb Raider, the script written by Hayter never made it to silver screen. Although female lead hero movies were breaking ground at the time as worthy contenders at the box office, one in particular didn’t do so well at the box office or in the minds of critics and fans alike.
“Aeon Flux didn’t open well, and three days after it opened, the studio said, ‘We don’t think it’s time to do this movie.’ I accepted their logic in terms of the saturation of the marketplace, but it was pretty painful.” Hayter said in an interview back in 2011.
However, with the recent success of Captain America Civil War in which Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as the Black Widow, fans have only gotten increasingly anxious for a solo Black Widow film. Please note that “solo” is being used in the loosest of terms here because if such a film were to actually be developed anywhere in the near future it would undoubtedly star a few of Scarlett’s costars from previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films (MCU).
Perhaps such a film is not as far off in the near future as we might think. Black Widow recently topped a list of who fans would most like to see in a standalone film. Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo, also have also expressed a new found interest in moving forward with such a project however figuring out just when and where it would fit in on the current slate of movies is a different story. With that said, we’ve already seen Marvel squeeze a certain wall crawler into the mix with overwhelming success.
“I would say certainly the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow. We think she’s an amazing character. We think Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of her is amazing. She’s a lead Avenger and has amazing stories in her own right to tell that we think would be fun to turn into a standalone franchise.” Kevin Feige teased when asked about a potential solo film for Black Widow. He did emphasize that right now they are solely devoted to their next nine films to be released from now and up until 2019, which sadly does not include a Black Widow title.