Black Widow is slated for release in July. Still, a film about Natasha Romanoff was already in Marvel’s boxes at the dawn of the 2000s. But the project had finally been nipped in the bud. Here’s why.
Black Widow has been repeatedly rejected. Finally, the Marvel movie will hit theaters on July 7, 2021. Directed by Cate Shortland, it will star Scarlett Johansson alongside Florence Pugh and David Harbor. For the record, know that a film on the Black Widow could have been produced much earlier. Lionsgate Films had in fact concluded an agreement with Marvel Studios to make a film dedicated to Natasha Romanoff, a character very popular with comic book fans.
Co-founder of Marvel Studio, Avi Arad was supposed to produce the film. For his part, David Hayter (X-Men, The Scorpion King, X-Men 2) had to take care of the direction and the screenplay. He then spent an entire year refining the story of his film Black Widow. And the screenwriter to confide in 2010 that he wanted focus on the origins of Black Widow, including his training as a super-spy with the KGB. But also the times when she raged as a mercenary across the Atlantic before returning to the fold.
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The screenwriter details what he had in mind : “She is an independent mercenary, and she is called back to where she was raised to face her past. What I tried to do was use the backdrop of the shattered Soviet Empire – a lawless lunatic asylum with four hundred silos of nuclear missiles, ” a context deemed suitable by David Hayter.
Lionsgate finally informed him in 2006 that the project was not going to be possible. A decision motivated by the successive box office failures of other films focused on women like Aeon Flux or Bloodrayne. He then tries with Marvel Studios to find other funding. In vain, no studio giving credit to the film and the character.