According to USA Today on Tuesday, "Iron Man", "Avengers: Age of Ultron", and "Chef" actor Robert Downey, Jr. gave his thoughts on a solo "Black Widow" movie that so many people/fans have been raving about. Stan Lee even mentioned at the Fan Expo Canada event that she'll have more prominent roles in the future.
Also, it was even revealed that it would be easy for Black Widow to have her own film as she already carries such prominence in the current films as especially displayed in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." That being said, her own solo film would not accomplish much as she would be considered overqualified.
Downey, Jr. will be opening at the Toronto Film Festival this coming Thursday with "The Judge" and gave his input in regarding the Scarlett Johansson played spay/espionage character. In fact, he even figured that she should be "given a break" as Johansson will be a first time mother and Downey, Jr. a soon-to-be dad to a baby girl.
The "Iron Man" actor mentioned what seemed to be an analogy drawn with Pepper Potts, played by Gweneth Paltrow. He noted the evolution of such a female co-star as her character had evolved through Downey, Jr's three films.
“I think that the interesting thing particularly after Guardians with Zoe (Saldana), (or) even from the first Iron Man where Pepper was kind of this really – to me the Iron Man franchise would never have taken off without (Gwyneth) Paltrow. There’s something about her that grounded the story. She’s not your typical lady in a superhero movie, and then by Iron Man 3 she’s swallowing serums and putting on suits and kicking (butt) and all that stuff.”
He also noted that it seems that whatever Johansson does anyways, people will likely go see it. She's already starred in a recently released "Lucy" film doing her thing. That being said, Downey, Jr. figured that "everyone deserves a franchise."
"I think Jeremy Renner is — when folks see the Avengers: Age of Ultron he’s just a rockstar, a bada–. And Ruffalo is pumped. He does great (work). I’d like to hear them talk even more seriously about a Hulk franchise, because that’s been one of the toughest ones to get right. But I’m sure that my parent company is feeling expansive and and bold after the summer they've had.”
"Game of Throne's" director Neil Marshall even mentioned he wanted to do a solo "Black Widow" film. Of course, it mattered to him not if the character in the film had super powers.