Will there ever be a Black Widow movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Fans have long clamored for a standalone film starring everyone's favorite hair-whipping, ex-KGB, ledger-erasing badass, who's now appeared (in substantial roles) in 4 different Marvel films - but always as part of the ensemble, and never as a lead.

There was a bit of hope in the run-up to Age of Ultron, where Johansson had this to say in an interview with Collider:

"I've spoken to Kevin [Feige] about it. I mean, of course, of course we've had that conversation before, and I think Kevin would also like to see a standalone film. I think I can speak for him and say that. That's all, really. Right now I think this character is used well in this part of the universe, but I think that Kevin--I mean, we've talked about it and we both share similar vision for what could be a standalone series."


Of course, raining on the parade is the fact that Marvel's film schedule is booked solid through 2019 (even moreso now that they have Spider-Man on the docket) and Marvel CEO (and general grump) Ike Perlmutter seems deadset against the mere idea of female-led superhero films.

So until the day when Marvel ponies up and gives Scarlett Johansson's superspy the chance to shine on her own, here's the opening sequence for a film that will only exist in our dreams: