‘Black Widow’ Comics Writer Offers the Opening Script Pages for a Hypothetical Solo Film
Although fans were more than happy that Marvel announced a 'Captain Marvel' film as part of its Phase 3 plans at last week's big event, we know we're not alone in saying that we're a little bummed that Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow still isn't getting her own solo film anytime soon. Don't get us wrong! We're grateful for a female superhero movie, but we can't help but imagine how awesome a 'Black Widow' movie might be. Well, thanks to 'Black Widow' comics writer Nathan Edmondson, we don't have to entirely imagine it, since he whipped up the first six pages of what her hypothetical solo adventure on the big screen might be like.
Responding to the social media campaign that saw fans rallying with the hashtag #BlackWidowMovie, Nathan Edmondson -- who's been writing the Black Widow stories in the comics since earlier this year -- took it upon himself to write the first six pages of a hypothetical 'Black Widow' movie script. It's just a little treat for fans of the character who would love to see Johansson's hero get her own solo film. If you're wondering what the plot of a 'Black Widow' movie might be like, here's the first page of Edmondson's script:
INT. BERLIN DOM CATHEDRAL - SANCTUARY - AFTERNOON
A priest leaves the confessional. He folds his stoth as he
crosses the church and disappears. A few tourists in jackets
and scarves shuffle around nave. Their whispers echo
through the space like the fluttering of unseen birds.
An old woman prays with shaking, gloved hands near the front,
a shawl over her shoulders.
The bell rings, sounding the turn of the hour. The old woman
sits back. She grabs a TRASH BAG full of her belongings and
shuffles off toward the ALTAR, making a turn back into a
INT. BACK HALLWAYS TO STAIRS - CONTINOUS
The old woman picks up pace. The bag she carries seems
filled with just blankets, swinging lightly, until she sets
it on the floor with a THUD. It’s heavy. Very heavy.
And she’s not old.
She removes her tattered hair and cap to reveal tight red
locks. The shawl falls off to reveal a WHITE AND GRAY snow
camouflage jacket, tailored to fit. Her “face” comes off
with a pull as a translucent film of spots and wrinkles
crumples away into her hand.
Beneath is NATASHA ROMANOFF. Strong face, deep eyes full of
mystery; she’s beautiful, but all business.
She opens the trash bag to reveal A DUFFEL BAG with straps.
She looks up a small, spiraling stairwell to see a WINDOW.
EXT. BERLIN DOM CATHEDRAL - MOMENTS LATER
Natasha, now in ALL WHITE CAMO, SCALES the cathedral, the
window now thirty feet beneath her. A WHITE BAG is strapped
to her back.
A MOMENT LATER
She’s ON HER STOMACH, the white case open beside her as she
READIES A SNIPER RIFLE.
Natasha goes on to infiltrate the penthouse of a drug smuggler and do her kick-butt Black Widow thing, and there are nods to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can read the rest of the six-page script over at Edmondson's site. We're still thrilled that we're getting a 'Captain Marvel' movie and we get to see Black Widow on the big screen in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' on May 1, 2015, and there's still some hope that Marvel could announce a Black Widow solo film -- you never know.