Neil Marshall Is Interested in Directing a BLACK WIDOW Movie

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People express interest in directing particular projects all the time, but when a guy like Neil Marshall says he’d like to direct a Black Widow movie, you listen.  Marshall’s the guy behind Game of Thrones’ “Blackwater” episode and he also actually just scored an Emmy nomination for directing season 4’s “The Watchers on the Wall,” but the one I hold near and dear is Marshall’s second feature film, the 2005 release, The Descent.

While discussing his work on Game of Thrones in a recent interview, the conversation shifted to the fact that Marshall didn’t get the chance to work with very many of the show’s leading ladies because his episodes primarily focus on male-dominated battles.  From there, the idea of directing a female superhero movie popped up and Marshall went straight for Scarlett Johansson.  Hit the jump to find out what he said about directing a Black Widow movie.

lucy-scarlett-johanssonWhen Vanity Fair asked Marshall if he’d like to direct a female-led superhero movie, he replied:

“I think I’d like to do a big movie with a strong female lead, whether or not she would be a superhero.  I’m more interested in characters like Scarlett Johansson in Lucy.  I’m less interested in people with superpowers because I can’t identify with them.  Very rarely do they get killed off, and when they do get killed off, chances are they’re going to be back … somehow.  Yes, I’d love to do a big splashy movie with a great female lead, but it has to be someone I can believe in.”

Even though Marshall isn’t into superpowers, you can’t bring up superhero movies and Scarlett Johansson without discussing the possibility of a Black Widow movie.  Plus, Black Widow happens to fit his requirements.  She doesn’t have superpowers; she’s just a well trained fighter.  When asked if that’s something Marshall would be interested in exploring, he explained:

“I would love to do a Black Widow movie.  That’s perfect, I would love to do that.  That character is really interesting, she doesn’t have any superpowers, she just has extraordinary skills, and the world that she comes from, being this ex-K.G.B. assassin, I find that really fascinating, yeah.”

You know what, Neil?  I would love to see your Black Widow movie!  Even though Marshall didn’t get much time to work with the female stars of Game of Thrones, minus Ygritte, The Descent proves he knows how to bring strong leading ladies to screen.  Tack on his action/big battle accomplishments from the show and we’ve got a pretty promising combination right there.

But of course, before that can happen, we need Marvel to get serious about that Black Widow movie.  We know the character is getting more screen time in Avengers: Age of Ultron and that Kevin Feige has expressed interest in giving her a solo movie, but that’s really it.  Marvel’s still got quite a few empty release dates to fill, so perhaps Black Widow will wind up getting one of them, but at the moment, despite some surface level interest, there’s really been nothing to suggest they’ll move forward with it anytime soon.

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  • Jack

    And Christopher Nolan would love to do a James Bond movie, and Steven Spielberg would love to do a Moses movie, and every one would love to do a Star Wars movie. Just because the director really wants to do it, doesn’t mean the studio will go for it. Passion projects don’t always work, because the director can be a bit blind to what isn’t working.

    • HBICkellz

      True. I’m glad he said this though. It shows Marvel that directors are interested in directing something other than male superheroes.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Make it happen! Guy is amazing and I could see him actually making a Black Widow film that I would be interested in seeing.

  • Doot

    Warner has expressed interest in a Wonder Woman movie … we’ve seen how that turned out.

    • HBICkellz

      It’s taken them a while but her film is in their pipe line so at least there’s that.

  • Dave

    I think a Black Widow movie with Yelena Belova would be good, and also fit in with the events of Winter Soldier. Yelena Belova could later also join Agents of Shield which would be interesting given her hatred and jealousy of Natasha Romanoff.

    They could even cast Emily Blunt who was the original choice to play Natasha.

    • HBICkellz

      There is nothing I want more than for a Black Widow film and then at the end introduce Yelena Belova played by Emily Blunt. Then the sequel would be Yelena trying to prove she is the ultimate Black Widow. Ugh. I can dream right?

    • HBICkellz

      There is nothing I want more than for a Black Widow film and then at the end introduce Yelena Belova played by Emily Blunt. Then the sequel would be Yelena trying to prove she is the ultimate Black Widow. Ugh. I can dream right?

  • Dave

    I think a Black Widow movie with Yelena Belova would be good, and also fit in with the events of Winter Soldier. Yelena Belova could later also join Agents of Shield which would be interesting given her hatred and jealousy of Natasha Romanoff.

    They could even cast Emily Blunt who was the original choice to play Natasha.

  • http://www.beatific-design.com Beatific

    Enjoyed The Descent, Thought The Watchers on The Wall was a great Game of Thrones episode. Dog Soldiers was a good film too. It would be cool to see a Black Widow movie.

  • Larry

    If there is a female solo movie, it won’t happen at the earliest until 2018 after Avengers 3. There are only 2 unclaimed slots between now and the anticipated Avengers movie in 2018. And most people believe that will be Thor 3 and Black Panther. Both are already said to be in development. So I don’t know why we rehash this story over AND OVER. Filming won’t be done until 2017 -and an announcement probably won’t be done until 2016. So we got TWO years before we know any of this is possible. And I’m sick of the constant petty bickering as if people believe they can make it happen. It will happen in due time. Petition Disney to give Marvel more dates would be better -than to petition Marvel for more diversity in their films. Where is the diversity in Warner’s catalog of superhero movies? I think Marvel has a much better track record.

  • KEN WALL

    IF NEIL MARSHALL WANT TO WORK ON A FEMALE LED MOVIE WHERE SHE DOESN’T HAVE “SUPERPOWERS” THEN HE BE PERFECT FOR THE “FEMALE LEAD IN THE SPIDER-MAN UNIVERSE” MOVIE.

    • John

      Calm down, use correct grammar, and turn off the caps lock. You sound like a crazy person.

    • John

      Calm down, use correct grammar, and turn off the caps lock. You sound like a crazy person.

  • KEN WALL

    IF NEIL MARSHALL WANT TO WORK ON A FEMALE LED MOVIE WHERE SHE DOESN’T HAVE “SUPERPOWERS” THEN HE BE PERFECT FOR THE “FEMALE LEAD IN THE SPIDER-MAN UNIVERSE” MOVIE.

  • mattinacan

    fucking dog soldiers is the bomb!

  • mattinacan

    fucking dog soldiers is the bomb!

  • CJ

    Make this happen, Movie Gods!

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  • Brent Stires

    Marshall directing a Black Widow movie would be intense. Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Doomsday, Centurion? Yes please.

  • Person

    From Blackwater to Black Widow. Sorry, I had to.

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  • Stefan Bonomo

    In my opinion, if we do get a Black Widow movie, I hope that it’s more of a “Secret Avengers” type film or a Black Widow/ Hawkeye team up with Black Widow as the lead ala Captain America 2. I don’t know if Black Widow solo film is necessary considering she was already a supporting character in Iron Man 2, had a big role in Avengers, is set to have a pretty big role in Avengers 2, and was basically a co-lead in Cap 2. So if she’s gonna get a movie, get Hawkeye in it too. Let him do more stuff.

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