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Lucy Opens Today — The Black Widow Movie That Should Have Been?
July 25, 2014

Lucy movie poster starring Scarlett Johansson

Fans have been asking for a Black Widow movie after loving Scarlett Johansson’s performance as the superspy in The Avengers movie. Marvel’s been resistant, perhaps because they have so many other films in production, perhaps because they aren’t sure whether a woman can headline a superhero flick.

I suspect this weekend’s Lucy, a sci-fi action thriller starring Johansson as a woman who goes from hostage mule to superpowered bad-ass (judging by this trailer), may show otherwise.

It’s written and directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec), who knows his visuals if nothing else. Here’s a featurette where he and Johansson talk about the importance of the locations they used in the film, including Paris, the Sorbonne, and Taipei.

Although I already have my suspicions about where this story goes, given my knowledge of Besson’s usual themes, I’m more eager to see this than Marvel’s next piece, Guardians of the Galaxy.

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