The clambering for a Scarlet Johansson Black Widow solo film has been echoing in my ear since she shined in the first Avengers film and it makes sense. She is a great character that fans love, who is portrayed one of the hottest actresses out there, and she has a fan base all to her own, why wouldn’t this work? It wouldn’t work because not only is she female, but because she has been in nearly every other Marvel film!
There aren’t exactly a large amount of female led films that aren’t the stereotypical chick-flick or romantic comedy, not to take away from those respective genres, but besides the rare cases of a Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road that we will get a couple times a year, people meaning men and women are not supporting female led action stars and if they are spending money on tickets to see their films, the movies themselves have been poor at best and that’s not the actresses fault (usually).
Case and point:
What Jennifer Lawrence has done in both The Hunger Games and X-Men is be a part of a cohesive story that allows her talents to shine because 1. these two franchises have HUGE followings and 2. they have been given direction that allows them to flourish and when a film flourishes that means more money for the studios, and the studios don’t care about anything except money. If every gay, black, or female actor/actress were drawing in the greenbacks for studios, I guarantee they would jump on the bandwagon of getting, gay, black, or female actors in their films. This is not to say there isn’t sexism in Hollywood, but when the chances have come to break down barriers the audiences haven’t proven to help their own cause.
It’s not like there haven’t been female led action stars in history, quite the contrary. In fact, I made a list of my favorite female characters HERE and half of them were action stars, but they spanned through decades which shows the lack of support as a whole they are getting. Black Widow’s film cameos have all been memorable and fun to watch and she feeds well off her male counterparts as the woman that can take care of herself in most situations, but after seeing Minions (2015) I’m not convinced such beloved supporting characters can always thrive on their own.
Her chemistry in Captain America: Winter Soldier was awesome, just flat out awesome. She was funny, smart, sexy, and made an incredible spy/espionage film and played off Captain America will excellent results, but what else can we see with her we haven’t seen already or will see later in the Marvel Universe? Even if there was more to tell about her, I’m not convinced people are rushing out to see her solo film by any stretch of the imagination. It’s a sad truth that women in Hollywood face, but at least in the near future we will get two of the greatest female superheroes in their own solo films with Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel and their success will determine if we ever see Scar-Jo in her own solo film.
An option I think that should stay open if the fandom screams louder is to put a 13 episode series on Netflix, if anything. Would I want to see it myself? Maybe, but nonetheless I am going to support it because I want other female characters to get their chances on the big screen and if you want them too, not just comic book heroines, but more female led films, then spend your money in seeing female led films, but until then we wait.
Be honest, are you guys going to support your female led films or not? Tell me your thoughts below!