Marvel Studios has been successfully launching solo character superhero movies since 2008. There has never been a solo female character as a lead for a single movie. There has been a great deal of speculation about the possibility of launching such a movie and reports are swirling that the Black Widow might get the honor of being the first female character in a solo film.
There are number of possible scenarios that would make an intriguing movie about the assassin turned SHIELD agent. Here are a few of the potential story lines that might work for a potential film.
Foundation Story Line
There are a number of questions that seem to be unanswered about the Black Widow and going back to answer these fundamental issues could make an interesting movie. There are some basics known about the Black Widow such as she was an enemy operative that Nick Fury was able to win over and turn into a SHIELD operative.
Where did the Black Widow start and who was she working for?
How did she get connected with Clint Barton (Hawkeye)?
What made Fury trust her and bring her into SHIELD?
These origin issues could provide a background and a basis for future information in the Avengers series. It seems that each new single character movie delves deeper into their past and provides something additional about their background. Such a movie about the Black Widow could provide answers about her past.
Since the Black Widow is an operative of SHIELD, she could be given a whole new mission to fulfill. There are a multitude of options that could create stories for the Black Widow to handle. A new mission could involve other agents of SHIELD and other characters from the Avengers. The new mission could be totally unconnected with any other story line. There are a number of stories that could use the Widow as a lead.
The newest developments in the Marvel Universe have Hydra virtually destroying the SHIELD organization. There is literally nothing left of the organization. However, we do know that newly appointed Director Coulson will be rebuilding SHIELD. Coulson may need to use the Black Widow in going after the Hydra infiltrators and help rebuild the organization.
The Black Widow has been known to take on missions for personal reasons. There could be a story line that has her off the gird and doing a personal mission for herself. Surely there are individuals from her past that she would have scores to settle. These could be all reasons to create something entirely new for the Black Widow.
The Black Widow is an extremely popular character and could handle a solo movie. The issue is if Marvel wants to go in this direction with a character that is already established or if they might create a new female lead for an entirely new movie to expand the franchise. Perhaps Marvel might be able to make room for the Black Widow to fly solo late in phase three or early in phase four.