Scarlett Johansson urges Marvel execs to make Black Widow spin-off movie

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Scarlett Johansson is urging Marvel bosses to make more of her Black Widow role after portraying the Russian S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. At the London Leicester Square premiere she told reporters: “If you want to see a Black Widow spin-off movie, then I want to see it.”

She’s promised fans of the Marvel Universe that if they want to see a Black Widow spin-off movie, she “will put the request into Marvel tomorrow.”

Johansson has a small but significant part in The Winter Soldier, the sequel to the 2011 movie Captain America: The First Avenger. Johansson’s character made her on-screen debut in Iron Man 2 and played a more significant part in Marvel's The Avengers (that was named Avengers Assemble in the UK and Ireland). She’s set to reprise her role in next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, but there are no plans for a stand-alone feature.

Johansson’s portrayal of the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanoff) is one of the main talking point in The Winter Soldier, particularly as critics have been lukewarm at best about the movie. But that didn’t stop the latest Marvel movie grossing $80 million during its opening weekend in North America, which surpassed the $65 million the first Captain America movie achieved when it opened in July 2011.

Aside from Johansson, the movie is packed with star names including Samuel L. Jackson, who reprises his role as director of S.H.I.E.L.D Nick Fury, Chris Evans who returns in the title role, and Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce, a high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D operative and an old comrade of Nick Fury.

A sequel has already been agreed with all the principle players returning for a third instalment. A May 6, 2016 release date has been announced.

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