Rachel Weisz wants Marvel spin-off: "There's a lot of Melina and Alexie's love story we didn't see"

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Photo credit: Jay Maidment
Photo credit: Jay Maidment

Rachel Weisz has many facets as Melina in Marvel's Black Widow: she's a formidable spy, a revered, reclusive and eccentric scientist, a protective and powerful matriarch, and an irresistible lover and 'wife' worshipped by Alexie, also known as the Red Guardian.

The love story between Melina and David Harbour's Alexie, and their dysfunctional family unit with 'daughters' Scarlett Johansson's Natasha and Florence Pugh's Yelena, is at the heart of the exhilarating action thriller - and something Weisz would like to see more of.

Photo credit: Jay Maidment
Photo credit: Jay Maidment

The Oscar-winner has said she would love a spin-off or sequel with co-star Harbour, as it could include the scenes between the couple that didn't make it into the film.

"I'd be totally up for a spin-off," Weisz told Harper's Bazaar UK. "I mean, in terms of a backstory, they [Melina and Alexie] didn't see each other for 20 years, as you know from the film, but a lot of the stuff that we shot - a lot of everyone's story didn't make it into the movie because that's what happens in film - but there's a lot of film on the cutting room floor of Alexie and Melina's love story. It's a little Casablanca... They're ridiculous, and madly in love."

Photo credit: Marvel
Photo credit: Marvel

Weisz continued: "She's really in love with Alexie, and he's the most ridiculous father figure that ever lived. For me, it felt like it was about celebrating female solidarity, and reuniting with girls who are now women. And a lot of it was being in love with Alexie."

Directed by Cate Shortland, the film is Johansson's standalone swan song as Natasha, aka Black Widow, which delves into her seemingly idyllic childhood in suburban Ohio with Melina, Alexie and younger sister Yelena. Some decades later, we find Natasha embarking on a mission to confront a ruthless villain and bring down his disturbing operation. She seeks out her 'parents' for help, and Melina forced to decide where her allegiance lies.

"Filming the scene with the family reuniting - and Melina with her pigs - was my favourite to shoot," Weisz continued. "It was eccentric and bizarre and full of heart - here's this very dysfunctional family, and it was very heartwarming and a lot of fun."

The cast also includes Ray Winstone and The Handmaid Tale's O.T Fagbenle.

Black Widow is in cinemas now and also available on Disney+ with Premier Access.

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