Phil Coulson actor and all-around great guy Clark Gregg went to bat for a Black Widow solo movie in a recent interview with Digital Spy.
“Black Widow has been around from day one of this…” he said. “…and is portrayed with this kind of heavy-hearted ferocity by Scarlett Johansson – who I think is as good as any actor working today,” he said.
“It seems like it would be tragic, it would be a waste, if that character wasn’t given the spotlight in the way that some of the other characters have been.
“If I know Marvel, they won’t let that happen, because she’s too valuable an asset.”
This isn’t the first time that Gregg has looked to make things right when he thinks female heroes and fans are being slighted. When the second Avengers movie premiered and there was no Black Widow merchandise to be found, Gregg lent his voice to the #WheresNatasha movement, pushing a petition to get Black Widow action figures and merch on the shelves.
Why does Gregg keep pushing for better inclusion and representation of women in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? (Besides being a stand-up guy?) His reasons are simple.
“Y’know, I have a 13-year-old daughter and one of the things I’m proudest about with our show is that there are very strong, very intelligent women who are just as responsible for SHIELD not being exterminated as Phil Coulson – and that’s not lost on my daughter and her friends.”
Amen, Clark. Amen.