After reading a superlative article by Lucy O’Brien over at IGN, which gave five really good reasons for the Black Widow to have her own spin-off film, it seems now would be great time for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to have Natasha Romanoff do a cameo; it would just make sense. This would be the opportune moment to stop reading if you have not watched either Captain America: The Winter Soldier or last Tuesday’s S.H.I.E.L.D. episode.
If both of these have been watched and enjoyed then you may feel free to read the rest of this idle speculation. When Captain America 2 ended, Romanoff’s future was uncertain. As pointed out in the movie, when a spy organization has no secrets, the Black Widow shared them all on the internet in an attempt to defeat HYDRA, Natasha’s days as a spy are numbered. She leaves us with a hope that part of her journey of discovering what she’ll do next will be put into a feature length film.
But not yet. This fascinating Marvel character has a backstory that has been tantalizingly hinted at in several of the big screen superhero features. In the Joss Whedon epic The Avengers in 2012, Romanoff tells Loki, and a couple of other folks, about the red in her ledger that she wants to wipe out. It also becomes apparent, and even more so in Cap 2, that she is devoted to Nick Fury.
Stepping away from the film verse of Marvel superheroes, as well as supervillains, and thinking of the actress who brings the Black Widow to living, breathing, exciting life, it seems that Ms Johansson is very keen to see the spy get her own film. The 29 year-old mother-to-be went on record at the Captain America: The Winter Soldier premiere saying that if fans want a Black Widow film, she wants one.
Johansson also told reporters that she would put the idea to Marvel the very next day. Thus far, there has been no word about the reality of this little pipe dream, but in preparation to the possible spin-off, now would be a really good time for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to have a Black Widow cameo, with all the upheaval in the Marvel verse right now, it makes sense.
Agent Phil Coulson’s own problems with his new crew combined with the fact that, like Steve Rogers, Phil has worked with Natasha before would require very little in the area of plot development to get her there. While HYDRA are obviously still intertwined in the inner workings of the remnants of the fallen spy agency, there should be more than enough opportunities to have some more big screen super hero crossover moments on the show.
As was pointed out in the IGN article by Ms O’Brien, Romanoff is not really a superhero, per se. Like another heroic good guy, Batman, she has no special powers, Natasha is just tough, fast, clever, and adept at manipulating the enemy. The fact is that this powerful female is able to not only keep up with her colleagues in The Avengers she also takes point very well.
In the Whedon film, the fact that Nick Fury trusts the Black Widow to talk Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, into helping S.H.I.E.L.D. out says volumes about how capable Fury thinks Natasha is. As has been pointed out in the IGN article, according to them there are at least five good reasons for a spin-off, but it would be the best way to repay Johansson for her spot on portrayal and her “phoenix-like” rise from the ashes in terms of her career.
On top of all that, fans should be, if they are not already, crying out for a Natasha Romanoff movie and it would be brilliant if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would work in a Black Widow cameo. Now the slow pace of Joss Whedon’s small screen Marvel verse makes sense, in that the show’s makers had to match events with the big screen sequel to the first Captain America. By having Natasha drop in to help Agent Coulson, the show could be set up to another huge crossover when the series starts up in the next season. What do you think? Black Widow cameo, or not?
By Michael Smith