Scarlett Johansson stood her ground in The Avengers against some massive characters, and being the only real female hero of the film, pulled off a brilliant performance. She was an interesting character, fun, and also very very hot, making her a fan favourite to have her own spin-off movie. Sadly, there are no plans yet to have a stand alone Black Widow movie, but there has been talk, but instead things are focussed on The Avengers: Age of Ultron right now, and director and general Marvel God Joss Whedon has revealed his plans for Johansson’s character.
In a conversation with Nerd HQ (tipped by MTV), Whedon revealed:
“Natasha is a huge part of the sequel because you do want to concentrate on the people who don’t have their own franchises. Although she in ‘Cap 2,’ [and] she’s great. She was the most fun for me because she’s not a hero, you know, and it’s something that I read—and I feel bad that I can’t remember who wrote the book—but it’s in one of the books explaining, ‘These guys are heroes, you are a spy. It’s a different thing—it’s a different skill set—and you don’t have their moral high ground or any of that good stuff.’ And that just makes her so interesting to me. So yeah, the stuff I’ve got going on with her in the second one is killer.”
More Black Widown is sure to make every Marvel fan happy, especially the male fans. But what of Black Widow’s closest ally, Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner? Well, at Comic-Con earlier this year, Whedon said:
“It’s very much a global Avengers film. A lot of the movie has to do with their place not just in America, but the world. Part of the fun for me, definitely this time around, is writing Hawkeye. He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly for most of the movie so now it’s nice to actually have the character there and see him interact with the other guys.”
It was also revealed recently that James Spader had signed on the play the villain of the Avengers sequel, Ultron. The actor spoke of his excitement at playing the role, and also of some prep which has already taken place.
“I think it’ll be a lot of fun and it’s incredibly nostalgic for me,” he told The Independent.
“When I was a kid my best friend had trunks of comics and I didn’t have any so I used to love going for sleepovers at his house. Also I have three sons and two of them have a great interest in comics so they’re excited I’m playing the role.”
He also revealed to Inquirer Entertainment some prep which has already taken place for Ultron:
“Just this weekend I went in for them to take very extensive photographs, head scans, body scans, and all kinds of things in preparation for figuring out how the hell I’m gonna fit in this Ultron character!”