She-Hulk creator pitched a Black Widow high school reunion movie that Marvel rejected

Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) last but not least obtained a standalone Marvel movie in Section 4, which is a excellent spouse and children/spy story for Natasha. But the movie is not excellent and came at the worst time possible. So if you sense like Marvel nonetheless owes you a Black Widow, you might not be the only one particular.

Whilst we by now know what occurs in Black Widow and how it matches on the larger MCU timeline, there need to have been plenty of pitches for this unique Avenger. It turns out that even She-Hulk creator Jessica Gao pitched a Black Widow motion picture script to Marvel. But one particular that Kevin Feige & Co. turned down. Head you, some spoilers may possibly adhere to below.

Black Widow should really have been the pretty initially MCU journey of Stage 4. But then the pandemic transpired, and WandaVision opened the Multiverse Saga.

Black Widow was however the to start with Period 4 movie. But it received a working day-and-date release, with Marvel generating it readily available on the internet and in theaters on the exact working day. Regretably, this led to a authorized battle concerning Johansson and Disney, with the giant company delivering a somewhat brutal overall reaction.

The MCU’s only Black Widow film

Irrespective of this PR catastrophe, the film by itself was not particularly a dwelling operate.

Even worse, heading into Black Widow, you know this is a prequel story for a character who died in the MCU. No matter what it sets up, it’ll take time to materialize. For example, Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) is the greatest detail coming out of Black Widow for the upcoming of the MCU.

Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) in a Black Widow trailer scene. Image resource: Marvel Studios

Likewise, Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko) is an fascinating addition to the roster of MCU villains/antiheroes, even although the film underutilized the character.

Also, Black Widow didn’t truly give us the Nat-Clint friendship origin story that we have been dying to see considering the fact that the 1st Avengers motion picture.

Marvel can definitely bring again any of the useless Avengers, and we have already explained how quick it is.

But there is no sign that we’ll at any time see Nat in MCU motion pictures yet again. Which is an additional regrettable enhancement for Black Widow. Comparatively, we have quite a few rumors detailing the return of a various useless character, Iron Guy (Robert Downey Jr.). Similarly, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) might return, while the former Cap isn’t useless.

The significant school reunion pitch

With all that in head, Black Widow could have been a good deal superior. For the MCU, the character, and the actress. But that doesn’t essentially make Gao’s pitch greater than what we acquired. The She-Hulk creator informed The Wrap that she failed a handful of instances with her MCU pitches before landing the She-Hulk position.

Black Widow, Captain Marvel, and Shang-Chi are MCU titles that Gao pitched to Marvel’s prime echelons. The author thorough in quick the gist of her Black Widow movie idea. It would have been a superior faculty reunion variety of tale:

It was essentially a Grosse Pointe Blank story for Black Widow.

Generally you find out that in high school, as a teenage spy/Russian agent, she was planted at an American significant university, due to the fact she had to assassinate someone’s dad and then 20 years afterwards, she goes again to the superior school reunion and has to offer with the fallout of this bogus id in which she betrayed all these persons in higher college.

It’s unclear why Marvel shot down the idea, and Gao did not reveal extra plot specifics from her movie pitch as she could possibly use elements of the story for a potential job. Even now, we cannot but question what would compel Nat to go to a high faculty reunion. Specifically at a time when a portion of the entire world is not happy with her actions.

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