If you like Marvel Studios movies, it’s a good time to be alive, because we’re getting a lot of them over the next few years: 10 films (plus a Spider-Man co-production) between now and the end of 2019. That’s a lot of comic book movie goodness, but many fans are still bummed that not one of those films will be a Black Widow solo adventure. We’re getting a movie starring a female hero in Captain Marvel, sure, but given how much fun she’s been to watch thus far, giving Scarlett Johansson her own superspy adventure seems like a no-brainer.
Well, if Marvel won’t do it, the fans will … parts of it, anyway. Earlier this week, comic book fan and video editor Christopher Haley uploaded a hypothetical opening titles sequence for a Black Widow feature film to YouTube. He made it for a class project, but damn if it doesn’t look like a full-blown blockbuster I wanna see. It’s got a great James Bond-esque vibe that’s a little sexy and a little dangerous, Portishead’s “Sour Times” is perfect, and Haley even went so far as to name his dream cast and crew in the sequence and write his own plot synopsis for the movie-that-isn’t.
Cut off one head, two more shall take it’s place… For this speculative title sequence of a Black Widow film I decided Black Widow’s villain would be… Black Widow. Yelena Belova, to be specific. Belova believes herself to be the superior Black Widow, and in some ways she is right. Swift and ruthless, Belova is the most talented assassin to graduate from the Red Room — and now she is Hydra’s most deadly weapon. At Belova’s side is a super-soldier of her own, Alexi Shostakov — the Red Guardian, who also happens to be Natasha’s former lover. When the new heads of Hydra make a play for the power of the infinity stones it is up to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s top agent to stop them.
Now, I might not agree with all of Haley’s cast and crew choices (Brad Bird is a genius, but come on, let’s give a woman a chance to get Black Widow right), but I know fan demand when I see it, and if this guy can envision a title sequence this cool, surely someone at Marvel can rustle up the rest of the movie. Right?