Scarlett Johansson has begun teasing out the Black Widow movie, which is expected to inaugurate Marvel‘s phase four.
While some may have been surprised by Black Widow’s death in Avengers: Endgame, Scarlett Johansson had some time to process it.
And although Natasha Romanoff‘s fate may have been sealed in Avengers Endgame, but the inevitability of her death hasn’t stopped the actress from looking forward to the upcoming Black Widow stand-alone film–if anything, she feels “liberated” by the experience and her newly minted executive producer credit on the movie. In a profile interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Johanson spoke about making the film, and her relationship with Marvel Studios overall.
“I feel like I’m in control of the destiny of this film, which gives me a lot more peace of mind,” explained Johanson. “I know her better than anybody. What was her childhood like? What is her relationship to figures of authority? This character is gritty and multi-dimensional but has a lot of trauma and has led an unexamined life. In order to operate at this elite level, she has probably had to push away a lot of stuff.”
Johansson said it was Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige who broke the news about Black Widow’s final scene before starting production on Avengers: Infinity War. “The finality of it was sad,” she admits, “but I was excited to die with honor. It felt in-character that she would sacrifice herself, of course for humanity but actually for her friends, for the people she loves. It was bittersweet.”
As for her post-Black Widow future, Johanson doesn’t think anything is set in stone. Although it does not seem likely the Black Widow will be returning after the solo movie, however–Johanson was quite clear about her interest in directing new projects but “hasn’t found the right fit” as of yet. It’s also worth noting that she has not signed on to any of the MCU-related Disney+ projects and isn’t among the confirmed voice cast of the animated What if…? Show that would allow Natasha to make a temporary return, even after her Endgame death. Unsurprisingly, it seems like we won’t be seeing the original Black Widow–or at least Johansson’s version of the original Black Widow–again in the MCU for the foreseeable future.
Black Widow hits theaters May 1, 2020.