After co-starring in “Iron Man 2,” Black Widow started popping up all over the MCU in the years to follow. She played a pivotal role in 2012’s “The Avengers” and its sequels, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Avengers: Endgame,” in addition to “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War.”
These projects allowed Scarlett Johansson to become more and more in tune with the Marvel Comics mainstay with each passing performance, inadvertently affecting her true self in a major way.
Looper recently attended a press event for “Black Widow,” where Johansson was asked if playing the titular heroine for so long changed her and the way she approaches life in the real world. “I certainly am less afraid of things now than I was 10 years ago,” she revealed, joking that when it comes to physical fears, however, she’s more terrified than she was back then.
Johansson continued, “I’m definitely more comfortable taking risks, and I’m more comfortable with jumping into the unknown with stuff…and seeing how stuff plays out.”
Nat’s story ended in “Endgame” — sacrificing herself as part of the Avengers’ bid to reverse Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) universe-splitting snap — but the prequel “Black Widow” appears to be her proper swan song. If that is the case, then even though her time playing the beloved character is up, Scarlett Johansson will surely always carry the on-screen persona with her in spirit and never forget the profound impact it had on her life.
After multiple delays due to the ongoing pandemic, “Black Widow” is scheduled for a hopefully definitive July 9 release date. Black Widow (portrayed by Scarlett Johansson), of course, has been an Avenger since the first “Avengers” film.
That said, she’s one of two heroes featured in the movie to have not starred in their own stand-alone feature (while Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk hasn’t been the subject of his own film, the Edward Norton-starring “The Incredible Hulk” is technically canon).
The release of “Black Widow” will change that, leaving only Hawkeye without a big screen adventure.The latest trailer for “Black Widow,” released in April, begins with a compilation of some of the big moments from both her upcoming starring vehicle and the entirety of her tenure as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The trailer also revealed that the film will cover her childhood, chronicling her journey to becoming the well-known superhero. While the film will cover a particular period of Black Widow’s life, it’s also being positioned as something of a celebration of the character in her entirety.
In a profile about “Black Widow” in the April issue of Total Film magazine (recently shared on Twitter by user CreamOrScream), the team behind the production of “Black Widow” discussed some of the influences on their film — some of which are entirely unrelated to the superhero genre.
Black Widow is a family movie
“Black Widow” is, at least in part, a departure from the style of what could be considered a typical Marvel film. The prior works of its director, Cate Shortland, are not blockbusters but works like romantic coming-of-age drama “Somersault” and psychological horror “Berlin Syndrome.” Shortland told Total Film that, while she was surprised by Marvel Studios’ decision to employ her on a tentpole blockbuster film, she was ultimately given the chance to “make a movie that [she] was passionate about.”
Marvel Cinematic Universe architect Kevin Feige specifically referenced “The Kids Are All Right” as an influence on “Black Widow.” “The Kids Are All Right” is a family drama, chronicling the tribulations of a same sex couple raising teenaged children. While that doesn’t sound close to anything featured in a Marvel film thus far, “Black Widow” has been demonstrated to include a prominent family element, for which Feige likely looked to “The Kids Are All Right” as an inspiration.
David Harbour, meanwhile, portrays Black Widow’s father figure, Alexei Shostakov. He cited Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance in the black comedy “The Savages” as inspiration for the role. That said, Shortland did reference some classic blockbusters as inspiration too, including “Logan” and “Aliens.”
Fans will have a chance to witness the superhero family drama of “Black Widow” when it’s released simultaneously in theaters and for a premium on Disney+ on July 9.