Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow may have died in a sad but noble act of sacrifice, but that wasn’t the last we’re going to see of her. No, she’s not going to be magically resurrected, but next year the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be treating us to a Black Widow prequel film. Very little is known of the film. If you attended San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year, you might’ve gotten the broad strokes of the film, as they aired a for-comic-con-attendees-only trailer. But apart from that, the movie is still a big mystery.
However, in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Scarlett Johansson, the actress who plays Black Widow in the MCU offered some insights into the film. And it sure sounds pretty intriguing.
We just wrapped Black Widow like two weeks ago or something like that so it’s very fresh in my mind and I don’t have the total perspective on it yet.
It’s a film about self-forgiveness and it’s a film about family. I think in life we sort of come of age many times and you have these kind of moments where you’re in a transitional phase and then you move sort of beyond it and I think in the Black Widow standalone film I think the character is at, when we find her, a moment of real crisis, and throughout the film, by facing herself in a lot of ways and a lot of things that make her, her, she actually kind of comes through that crisis on the other side and we start to be able to reset where she’s a more grounded, self-possessed person. So that’s her journey, well, I hope anyway.
This certainly feels like the right direction the film should head in. Black Widow is a layered character with a dark past, filled with pain, suffering and trauma. It would be great to see this aspect of the character explored in-depth in a psychological drama-action that pushes the boundaries of the PG-13 rating.