SULTRY actress Scarlett Johansson is excited to reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) in Marvel’s The Avengers. And for good reason: it is the first time in her acclaimed career that the Golden Globe-nominated actress has revisited a role.
She shares her views on her character and the movie in this interview.
After you appeared in Iron Man 2 as Black Widow, did you think your character would go on to appear in other Marvel films?
I didn’t really know what the future would be for Black Widow. I didn’t know if she would reappear in future Iron Man films or even how the fans would react to her, so to be part of Marvel’s The Avengers is pretty exciting.
I’m a huge fan of the Widow. I enjoy bringing my ideas of how she would look and act, sculpting her. I love the character and I love playing her. I’ve never been able to return to a character before. So, in a way, putting on the suit is like,
“Ah, the old familiar friend”. You know where you’re going with the character and you have all of this history to fall back on.
What was your reaction to the fact that audiences embraced you as Black Widow?
I was relieved that the audiences and fans accepted me as Black Widow. Obviously the character is beloved by many people. People have their ideas in their minds since childhood — their fantasy of what this character looks like, what she sounds like, how she moves. So to have such a great fan response felt awesome, especially since I put so much work into it physically that for them to accept me as that character was pretty cool.
Why do you love the Black Widow character?
The thing I love about the Widow is that she is all business. She’s sort of in a grey area, she’s not patriotic like Captain America. In a sense she’s been fighting the good fight, despite her dark background. But she’s committed because she has to be and her moral ground is more dutiful. She’s militaristic in that way, that’s how she knows right from wrong.
That kind of attitude is what I love about her. She’s just a machine, you can’t get her down. But you can almost get her down. What I love about this film is that there are several points where you go, “She’s not going to get up.”
Are you learning any new fight styles for this film?
We definitely embraced wushu (Chinese martial arts) a lot and there’s a lot more weaponry in this movie that I had to learn. So that’s been a little bit complicated, especially learning to fight with a staff. When I started to learn to use the staff, the prop was like a styrofoam broom handle, basically. I found it really frustrating to get the moves down. Then once I learned them, they handed me the real prop and it didn’t feel the same or move the same. Besides being deadly, it was unwieldy. But the more I rehearsed with it, the easier it got and I learned its limits and what I could do with it.