Since 2008's Iron Man, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has so far featured independent films for Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, as well as the Avengers. But on Tuesday, Scarlett Johansson opened up about the possibility of a standalone film for her own character.
"A Black Widow movie, that would be cool," admitted Scarlett at the London press conference in London for Avengers: Age of Ultron, when asked if she would be interested in taking Black Widow solo, before adding: "...from our lips to Marvel’s pockets."
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow
Scarlett also opened up about gender politics at play in the film industry, adding: "I'm looking for [scripts] as an actor looking for material that's substantial, not a female actor looking for substantial work.
"What's great about playing [Black Widow] is that she's based in something deep and something that I can hold onto. She's grounded and very real; she has experienced a lot of trauma and never been able to make active choices for herself and now she finally is, and she's ready for it but unfortunately, it's bad timing."
After spending over three years together as the Avengers, the cast's rapport was on clear display as they attended the press conference at the Corinthia Hotel.
Black Widow in The Avengers
With Robert Downey Jr. sat in the middle, sandwiched between Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans, the cast answered questions and joked together.
Elizabeth Olsen, a new face to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Scarlet Witch, was the first to be ribbed by her co-stars - after mishearing the first question. "Eating and cooking," Elizabeth revealed after believing she was asked what she gets most excited about. Scarlett later answered the question, before filming what do you get most excited about, by revealing that she gets most excited about watching Elizabeth eat and cook.
When 30-year-old Scarlett was also later asked about how her character Black Widow, who was first introduced in Iron Man 2 as a former Russian assassin who defected to become an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, could have been written off as the sexy one, she joked: "Really? Have you seen Chris Hemsworth?"
Chris Evans, who stood out of the crowd in a fire-engine red jumper, took his answers seriously, leading to Robert Downey Jr. remarking "You’re on damn fire!" after Chris answered his questions in a sensible manner.
However Robert, known for his sense of humour, stole the afternoon when he stood up and announced, "I'm sorry, it's been 15 minutes since my last wardrobe change," before swapping his suit jacket for a leather jacket and adding a pair of yellow-tinted sunglasses to his look.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out in the UK on 22 April.