Black Widow might get her own stand-alone movie after all. According to Scarlett Johansson, who plays the female Avenger in the film franchise, still not too late for her to take the lead in a Marvel movie.
“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’s got a really rich origins story,” she tells Variety in the publication’s Power of Women issue. “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.”
“I think it would just have to be very much like its own specific thing,” she continues. “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.”
For Johansson, playing the Russian spy-turned-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent has certainly changed her career. As someone who admittedly has been always seen as the “bombshell,” the actress says the role has gotten her to step out of her comfort zone.
“I think for such a long time, I felt kind of pigeonholed as this ingénue — this kind of girl who is floating between two worlds,” she says. “The Marvel universe has opened up so many opportunities for me to stretch myself in ways that I never thought would be possible.”
“The physical part of it was something I’d never gotten to experience,” she shares. “I never had the opportunity to play a character in a franchise before, and to grow this character as I was growing as an actor. And as the character becomes stronger in many ways, I think she also becomes more vulnerable. Her vulnerability is a strength of hers. I think vulnerability is often seen as a weakness.”
As for her life outside of the silver screen, Johansson is a staunch advocate of women’s rights and protecting them. That’s why when it comes time to vote this November, the mom-of-one is checking off Hillary Clinton on her ballot.
“When weighing who to vote for, you really have to think about the whole spectrum — not just your idea of the American economy, but also climate change and issues like a woman’s right to choose,” she explains, expressing her worry that Donald Trump may cut funding to Planned Parenthood. “Hillary was the right candidate for right now. I think she’s got a lot of integrity. She’s got a lot of stamina. She’s a very clever politician, and that’s actually important to me. Maybe it’s because I have a daughter now.”