Scarlett Johansson is reprising her 2012 role from The Avengers as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha Romanoff — a.k.a. Black Widow — in the brand new Marvel Studios picture, Avengers: Age of Ultron. The movie is directed by Joss Whedon and is due to be released later this year.
Johansson describes her character as someone who is “not exactly a team player, but she knows that she belongs with the Avengers.” In fact, if Black Widow hadn’t been around to help the rest of the team, The Avengers simply wouldn’t have beaten Loki.
Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, spoke with E! News and explained that “unbelievably powerful female characters” have been in comics for decades and that creators are constantly attempting to find ways to bring them to the big screen. Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow happens to be one of those powerful female characters.
In this sequel, a new and impressive female character emerges with the introduction of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, played by actress Elizabeth Olsen. While Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver–who happens to be her twin brother, Pietro — are originally sided with Ultron, they actually end up joining forces with the Avengers.
Olsen spoke with E! News and was quoted as saying that “through Scarlet Witch and Black Widow, we’re broadening the world” when it comes to the way female characters are portrayed in these kinds of films. Her co-star Johansson agreed with her by stating that she felt audiences seemed to be more invested in the futures of these types of characters.
Avengers: Age of Ultron will see many characters from the first movie but you can also count on a few new faces to pop up, including Julie Delpy and Linda Cardellini — both of whom appear in the sequel in roles that are being kept secret.