Poor Scarlett Johansson. She never did get to star in a Marvel origin story movie for her Black Widow character, and it appears she may never get the chance. Especially now that Jennifer Lawrence is starring in the new Francis Lawrence film Red Sparrow. The plot of Red Sparrow is so similar to the origin story for Black Widow, that the Internet is freaking out.
People waited years to hear that Scarlett Johansson would star in a Black Widow film, but now with Red Sparrow, it seems there may not be enough room for two films starring Russian ballerinas turned assassins. Red Sparrow will hit theaters on March 2, 2018.
Scarlett Johannson plays comic book character Natasha Romanoff while Jennifer Lawrence stars as Dominika Egorova.
While Jennifer Lawrence is getting plenty of praise for her work in the trailer, and there’s no doubt that fan response to Red Sparrow is great, others are quite dismayed that Scarlett never got to star in her own Black Widow movie.
Even the trailer for Red Sparrow bears striking similarities to the Red Room scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron where audiences got a look at Natasha’s origins and the horrific training she underwent to become a deadly Russian assassin. You can watch the scenes in the video player below.
Social media networks, especially Twitter are rampant with comments regarding the similarities between Red Sparrow and Black Widow and some are expressing shock, anger, and confusion.
So RED SPARROW is really the Black Widow film no one got? pic.twitter.com/2Vt8MjJ46q
— Q® (@Qatatoism) September 15, 2017
Hollywood is now realizing that women can fill movie theater seats and the day where only men could lead a blockbuster film with an action hero has passed.
The vast success of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman forever changed Hollywood, and hopefully, women will start getting paychecks that are equal to or surpass their male counterparts.
It’s even understandable why studios would turn to Jennifer Lawrence for this role. Other female stars who have proved that they can break box office records and bring people to movies include Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, and Kate Beckinsale.
It’s unclear why Scarlett Johansson, who had received so much praise for her role as Black Widow, was never given her own film.
What do you think? Is it too late for Natasha Romanoff to have her turn on the silver screen? Is there room for both Black Widow and Red Sparrow?