Black Widow will be the last film for Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff in the MCU, but Kevin Feige wants to work with Johansson.
Scarlett Johansson bid farewell to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with her solo film, Black Widow. However, Kevin Feige hopes to continue working with the Natasha Romanoff cast. He is one of the franchise’s founding heroes who was first introduced in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2, as Nick Fury’s trusted agent. Since then, Romanoff has appeared in a series of MCU films.
Now, the heroine character is getting her own movie. However, unlike Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, it’s likely that this will be a single film that doesn’t have a sequel or prequel after. Because, in the MCU timeline, Romanoff is dead after sacrificing himself for the Soul Stone at Vormir in Avengers: Endgame.
Therefore, Marvel set the time of the Black Widow film after the events of Captain America: Civil War, where Romanoff is isolated and reunited with his Russian family for some unfinished business.
Although this is claimed to be Johansson’s last film as Romanoff, Feige still hopes that somehow he will continue to work with Johansson. He said there were several ways they could continue the partnership beyond acting talent.
Marvel is always about new beginnings and Scarlett Johansson is an amazing partner to us. He is a producer on this film. He’s the one who brought us an amazing director, Cate Shortland, and I’m excited to continue working with him in any way possible if we’re so lucky.“
As Feige said, it was Johansson who recruited Shortland to do Black Widow. Shortland revealed he completely turned down the offer, but Johansson was able to personally reassure him.
Whether or not Johansson will be involved in the MCU after Black Widow is currently uncertain. Like other actors who have retired from Marvel roles such as Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., the actress may want to focus her energies on other projects outside the world of films and comics. Nonetheless, Black Widow is expected to continue to live with Yelena Belova by Florence Pugh who was formed to take over the identity.