Scarlett Johansson, who has become a comic book movie favorite, reportedly has scored a huge deal with Marvel Studios. The much sought-after actress is set to earn $15 million for portrayed Natasha Romanov, AKA Black Widow, in her upcoming standalone film.
Black Widow has been a fixture of the MCU ever since she debuted in Iron Man 2.
Scarlett Johansson’s Big Payday
Marvel Studios has historically clashed with female actors over pay. Gwyneth Paltrow and Natalie Portman have allegedly taken issue with their male co-stars’ massive paychecks in relation to their own. Famously, Natalie Portman has completely faded away from the MCU after alleged pay disputes.
For context, $15 million is what Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth usually get for playing Captain America and Thor, respectively, in Avengers outings. This, then, is huge news for Scarlett Johansson as the MCU continues to be a box office juggernaut. For further context, Brie Larson is allegedly raking in $5 million for her role as Captain Marvel in the upcoming 2019 film.
Marvel has contested these reports and stated that actors’ pay is a private matter between the actors and studio. However, given leaked info regarding Scarlett Johansson’s massive appearance fees, this is convincing news no matter what Marvel says.
Black Widow Solo Film
Fans have been asking for a solo flick starring Black Widow for some time. Johansson’s portrayal of the character is very gripping, and she brings a degree of gravitas to the universe that is much needed. A standalone film focusing on her upbringing and training to become a super-spy could follow in the footsteps of movies like The Winter Soldier. The darker, more realistic tone would be a welcome shift from the cosmic scope of the more recent films.
While the solo project has been in the works for years, it appears it’s now moving along through pre-production. Rumors of potential plot points have surfaced. Notably, it seems likely the standalone film will occur before the events of Iron Man, in the early 2000’s. In either event, we’re excited to see Johansson headline her own Marvel flick!