While the debut of War Machine in “Iron Man 2” has received a lot of attention in the run-up to the film’s premiere, Scarlett Johansson’s bow as Russian superspy Black Widow is turning heads, too — and not just because of her skin-tight uniform.
Along with her deep history in the Marvel Universe, Black Widow’s had more than a passing affiliation with The Avengers, and teamed up with everyone from Iron Man to Daredevil at one point or another. When MTV News caught up with Johansson at the “Iron Man 2” press junket, she offered up some thoughts on suiting up as the superspy and whether we’ll see her do it again when “The Avengers” arrives in theaters.
“These movies are really fan-driven, and going into this film I was hoping that the fans and the audience would like my interpretation of the character enough to carry the story along,” said Johansson.
“[Black Widow] has a 40-plus year legacy and quite an origin story, so there’s a lot to tell,” she added. “I’d be happy to don that catsuit again if i was called to duty.”
As for the likelihood of seeing her suit up in “Avengers” or — dare we say it — a solo film, Johansson was willing, though somewhat uncertain of her character’s future.
“I don’t know anything about future projects,” she said. “I know Marvel is really dedicated to this character, so I’m hoping there will be some sort of call for it.”
“Historically, Black Widow is a part of the Avengers, and I know Marvel is totally behind the Black Widow, but I’m hoping…”
Given the affinity of potential “Avengers” director Joss Whedon for strong female characters, Johansson noted that she’d be surprised if her character didn’t have a role to play in the superhero team-up film.
“I would think so,” she said. “But just the opportunity to pair up again with Sam Jackson — who doesn’t want to see that?”
“Iron Man 2” arrives in theaters May 7.
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