Not at all surprising to hear that Marvel plans on retaining Scarlett Johansson’s services for a “Black Widow” spin-off film.
“We’ve already started discussions with Scarlett about the idea of a solo movie and have begun putting together concepts,” Marvel’s Kevin Feige in a press conference for the ”Iron Man 2” Blu-ray/DVD today according to Coming Soon, “but ‘The Avengers’ comes first.”
Johansson made her first appearance as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in this Summer’s “Iron Man 2”. She reprises the role for 2012’s “The Avengers”.
The Black Widow’s first appearances in the comic world were as a recurring, non-costumed, Soviet-spy antagonist in the feature “Iron Man”, beginning in Tales of Suspense #52 (April 1964). Five issues later, she recruited the besotted costumed archer and later superhero Hawkeye to her cause. Her government later supplied her with her first Black Widow costume and high-tech weaponry, but she eventually defected to the United States after appearing, temporarily brainwashed against the U.S., in the superhero-team series The Avengers #29 (July 1966). The Widow later became a recurring ally of the team before officially becoming its sixteenth member.Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the Black Widow appeared frequently as both an Avengers member and a freelance agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Wikipedia)