‘Black Widow’ Will Be Scarlett Johansson’s Last Film As The Spy Character
Scarlett Johansson (who plays the character, Black Widow or Natasha Romanoff) is ready for her first solo film — Black Widow, set to be released on November 6, 2020. With the release of the upcoming film, the 33-year-old actress Johansson would also say goodbye to the badass spy character, whom she has been playing since Iron Man 2 in 2010.
Marvel’s highly anticipated Black Widow will be Johansson’s last adventure outing as Natasha Romanoff, director Cate Shortland revealed in a recent interview.
She told Empire magazine that while we will definitely miss Johansson as the kickass Widow but she will have a closure in the film. She will pass on the mantle of the Avengers character to actor Florence Pugh, who is also playing a lead in the film. Cate further added that the upcoming film Black Widow is a celebration of Johansson’s work as the character, giving her the solo film she has deserved. “Scarlett is so gracious, like, ‘Oh, I’m handing her the baton.’ So it’s going to propel another female storyline,” Cate said.
What You Should Know
- Initially set for a May 1 release, Black Widow is now expected to be released in November 2020.
- The upcoming film will mark Scarlett Johansson’s last adventure as Natasha Romanoff.
- She will hand over “the baton” to actor Florence Pugh.
- Black Widow will also provide a closure of sorts for Natasha Romanoff, said the director Cate Shortland.
“‘Black Widow’ will also provide a closure of sorts for Natasha Romanoff fans who were upset that the character didn’t get her deserved send off post her sacrifice in ‘Avengers: Endgame’,” she added.
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In 2018, Johansson, arguably the world’s highest-paid actress, won the People’s Choices Awards Female Movie Star for her role in Avengers: Infinity War.
“(Kevin Feige) realised that the audience would expect an origin story so, of course, we went in the opposite direction,” Cate said. “And we didn’t know how great Florence Pugh would be. We knew she would be great, but we didn’t know how great,” she added.
Earlier, Infinity War director Joe Russo had opened up on the Happy Sad Confused podcast and praised the portrayal of Romanoff. “I mean it’s such a rich and interesting character,” Joe Russo said. “There’s so much to explore with a character whose history was as a villain, and you know, Scarlett does such a good job of playing that character and people are so used to that character that you forget the character’s history, and so there’s a lot of compelling stories to tell about someone who has a dark past.”
Johansson who endorses equal pay reportedly got paid $15 million for the film, same as what Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth each earned for playing Captain America and Thor, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
What did Natasha do between the events of losing half the planet (including some of her friends) in Avengers: Infinity War and sacrificing her life for the greater good in Avengers: Endgame? The film will capture the missing puzzles and it is rumoured to have Robert Downey Jr. in a cameo.