BLACK WIDOW Star Scarlett Johansson's Mystery Marvel Producing Project Is Now Thought To Be "Dead"

BLACK WIDOW Star Scarlett Johansson's Mystery Marvel Producing Project Is Now Thought To Be "Dead" BLACK WIDOW Star Scarlett Johansson's Mystery Marvel Producing Project Is Now Thought To Be "Dead"

After a very public falling out with Disney, Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson was enlisted to produce a future Marvel Studios project. Now, though, it's said the mystery movie or TV show is "dead."

By JoshWilding - Jan 28, 2023 05:01 AM EST
Filed Under: Black Widow

When Disney made the controversial decision to release Black Widow on its short-lived "Premier Access" platform, any shot the movie had at being a box office success was destroyed. For star and producer Scarlett Johansson, it meant missing out on a lot of money she was owed, and a lawsuit followed.

That was eventually settled, though relations between the actress and Disney were definitely damaged. Those were later put to bed, with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealing, "We are already working with Scarlett on another non-Black Widow related top-secret Marvel Studios project with her as a producer."

That was in November 2021, and while Johansson has since expressed her excitement to continue playing a role in the MCU, we've heard absolutely nothing more about the mystery TV show or movie.

Unfortunately, it seems that's down to it no longer happening. 

According to trusted insider @MyTimeToShineH, "That project is dead." They don't share any additional details on what it was or why it's no longer happening, but we wouldn't be surprised if it's down to Thunderbolts basically being Black Widow 2. Had Marvel Studios chosen to highlight Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova in her own movie, Johansson may well have been involved.

The trades have yet to chime in on this and we're not sure if they will. Feige's declaration has been largely forgotten since he first made it, and with Marvel Studios said to be focusing on quality over quantity, this could be another project that's had to be put on ice for now. 

Then again, there are a lot of gaps in that Phase 6 slate yet to be filled, so you never know when and where Johansson's name could crop up in the MCU.

Keep checking back here for updates as we have them. 

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Taonrey - 1/28/2023, 6:03 AM
I like scarjo in other stuff but I never enjoyed any of her black widow performances. Her best portrayal was in Winter soldier.
obarium - 1/29/2023, 1:43 PM
@Taonrey - I enjoyed all of her performances/characterisations in Russo brother directed films. They always did well to show how competent and capable Natasha was.
bkmeijer1 - 1/28/2023, 6:15 AM
I completely forgot about it anyway, so I won't be missing it. Don't think it fits anywhere in the upcoming slate anyway
FireandBlood - 1/28/2023, 6:19 AM
I actually really miss her Widow now she’s gone, slightly more than Cap and Tony, even if I liked those two more. She brought a lot to the role over the years with what she had to work with, and her death in Endgame was emotional af. And I really liked her movie. Just a shame it didn’t come out years before, but better late than never.
CorndogBurglar - 1/28/2023, 6:41 AM
@PlusUltra - If it had come out earlier it would have been a much different film I would imagine. Which would have been a good thing, in my opinion. Her solo film was mediocre at best. Giving her a solo film in Phase 2 would have surely been a lot different.

And I understand why she didn't get a Phase 1 movie since she was one of the least known characters at that point, but it could have been cool to have gotten a solo film as the last film before Avengers and shown the behind the scenes details of her and Fury building the team.
Unites - 1/28/2023, 6:51 AM
@PlusUltra - I think her movie had the right ingredients and moments to be an incredible spy movie. The only problem was that it was a Marvel movie. The third act was so... out of place.
regularmovieguy - 1/28/2023, 12:01 PM
@CorndogBurglar @Unites

Are we sure Josh Wilding saw Black Widow?

Black Widow is Bourne meets Bond meets Terminator...with two outstanding, badass female leads. Action-packed, funny, and at times surprisingly gut-wrenching, Cate Shortland's vision for the MCU is bold, empowering, and utterly unmissable.
CorndogBurglar - 1/28/2023, 2:17 PM
@regularmovieguy - Did you pull that quote from his review? Because I think the Black Widow movie was just okay. And I wouldn't describe it how you have in your comment lol.
regularmovieguy - 1/28/2023, 4:05 PM

Lmao.. that blurb has just always stuck out to me. Yes that is from Josh's review of Black Widow.

I don't think the movie is terrible either... it's fine. Very middle tier.
ObserverIO - 1/28/2023, 6:26 AM
"Dead" as in 'Mort: The Dead Teenager'?! OmigoshI'msoexcited!!!
AmazingFILMporg - 1/28/2023, 6:26 AM
*That project is dead whatever it was*

These scoopers are frauds. What kind of an answer is that? You know it's "dead" but don't know what she was working on? GTFOH 🤡
FireandBlood - 1/28/2023, 6:32 AM
@AmazingFILMporg - Attention seekers. They need to get out more.
Origame - 1/28/2023, 7:01 AM
I'm calling bs. This project was part of the settlement with Johansson. They're definitely still doing this project.
Scarilian - 1/28/2023, 8:32 AM
@Origame -
The settlement was Disney trying to save face. They promise someone something publicly but behind-the-scenes agree to a private settlement when the dust settles and sweep any plans under the rug.

It's like Rian Johnson's Star Wars trilogy that's never gonna happen.
Origame - 1/28/2023, 8:44 AM
@Scarilian - Rian Johnson star wars was a completely different situation. That trilogy was definitely gonna happen. It only didn't because of the reception to the last jedi.

As for the general idea, why would monetary compensation not be enough for the general public? Literally the whole reason for the lawsuit was based on them screwing her over for her profits on black widow. Not that she didn't get enough responsibilities at marvel.
Scarilian - 1/29/2023, 6:02 PM
@Origame -
Why wouldn't the same situation apply to Black Widow. The film financially was a failure, with the actress blaming the decision of putting it on Disney+. It feels very similar, the film fails financially and does not resonate with audiences. They announce a project to try and pretend they have a plan and then quietly cancel it behind-the-scenes and everyone just sorta forgets about it.

The general public want a sense of Disney having faith in the actress and the brand, that no hostilities are occurring behind-the-scenes. After all public image of the company is important. To have them announce future plans with the actress makes it seem like they intend to maintain interactions while in reality they probably dropped her immediately and NDA'd her into silence.
Origame - 1/29/2023, 6:28 PM
@Scarilian - "why wouldn't the same situation apply to black widow?" Because they are entirely different situations. Black widow failed because marvel overestimated the impact of the pandemic when black widow was released. Johansson has proven herself a household name several times over compared to Johnson, who they gave a whole trilogy to when all he did was one good time travel movie and a Star wars pitch they liked.

And why would they want that when the plan was to never continue with the actress?
WeaponXCII - 1/28/2023, 7:07 AM
The fact that Thunderbolts is being called a “Black Widow 2.0” kind of gives me the impression that this is her producing project.
Thing94 - 1/28/2023, 7:26 AM
Good, lol
FilmGuy7878 - 1/28/2023, 7:42 AM
I didn't know this even existed. Welp, whatever it is, we'll never see it now.
TheWalkingCuban - 1/28/2023, 7:50 AM
Scarilian - 1/28/2023, 8:30 AM
It was just an attempt to silence her because she was a female speaking out against a system that exploited her and would exploit others. This is the true face of Disney/Marvel who have now once against bowed to the communist China in order to make more money from films that are not appealing to the western audiences.

In addition, it silenced a debate on intellectual usage rights of the actors for the purposes of streaming/marketing. If the debate had occurred it would have been highly likely that actors would have had contracts meaning they'd receive royalties depending on how much the piece of work they were in attracted people to streaming services.
RolandD - 1/28/2023, 8:35 AM
“Trusted insider?” Speak for your self. Trusted by who?
Th3Batman - 1/28/2023, 9:03 AM
I wonder why she doesn't want to work with a company that tried to rip her off and publically humiliate her.
Tonic24k - 1/28/2023, 9:46 AM
@Th3Batman - They didn't TRY to rip her off. The pandemic happened and drastically changed how the contract stipulations worked. She just reconciled it and they settled amicably.
Th3Batman - 1/28/2023, 9:52 AM
@Tonic24k - That didn't stop the CEO and various higher ups at Disney (and other companies) fromg etting paid.
JDL - 1/28/2023, 5:11 PM
@Th3Batman - Covid without a doubt torpedoed the bonuses of those execs just as much as it screwed with ScarJo's BW bonus. That wasn't the real issue. The real issue was only indirectly about money in any case. It was that they did not even attaempt to consult her over the matter.
Tonic24k - 1/31/2023, 1:26 PM
@Th3Batman - What is your point? Yes, everyone got paid...
philinterrupted - 1/28/2023, 10:06 AM
I don’t care either way but I’m sure as shit not taking the word of a “trusted insider”
regularmovieguy - 1/28/2023, 10:37 AM
TheMisfit138 - 1/28/2023, 11:25 AM
Good. That black widow film was completely unnecessary and I'm sure whatever project she was supposedly involved with would've sucked anyways. Just like the black widow movie
DocSpock - 1/28/2023, 11:26 AM

Trusted insider.

Translation: Josh got so drunk his dirty socks told him this.

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