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Scarlett Johansson Says Black Widow Makes Some Big Choices in Avengers 2
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.17.2014

Scarlett Johansson spoke with IGN about Black Widow in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and more. Check out the highlights:

On Widow's greatest power: "Oh, man... I think her greatest attribute is that she's -- I don't want to say she has a criminal mind, but she does in a way. She's a super spy. Her ability to understand the complexity of the criminal mind, she uses that to her advantage. She's often the one that's going, 'Right, you think it's this way, but if you think about it from this person's perspective, this might be the answer.' She's always using her experience in her sordid past to her advantage. I don't think there's any super suit that could supersede that for her. I think what she lends to the team -- she let's everyone else play with their big toys. And she gets some pretty good toys too, especially in Avengers 2 -- I can't complain. [Laughs]"

On how the shattering of SHIELD plays out in Avengers: Age of Ultron: "Of course in Avengers 2, it's very much a continuation, a maturation, of this universe, of this reality. It's not a sequel in the sense that it feels like a rehash. 'Hey, remember this old thing you loved in the first one? There's even more in the second!' It's nothing like that. Joss has lived with these characters now for a couple of years, and he is, as you can imagine, obsessed and tirelessly worked to help these characters evolve. Of course, I'm very fortunate that Joss has an affection for female characters in the work that he writes, and an understanding of them. To me, the Widow is a part of Joss. It really is. I think about Joss, I think about him being part Hulk and part Widow. [Laughs] I don't know if he would agree with that, but I've really thought a lot about, 'What is Joss?' He's all of his characters, of course, like every great writer. At this stage, when you see the Widow, she's -- especially in Avengers, these characters all have a past, and hers is a very complex one, where she's realizing -- and it's kind of a continuation of Cap 2 -- 'I've never made an active choice. I'm a product of other people's imposition.' That's going to catch up with her. That's bound to have a huge effect. There's got to be a result of that realization. I think that in Avengers 2 you'll see that. You'll see her actively making some choices in her life, for better or worse. You know, when she splashes, the wave is big -- all these characters have that effect. So it'll be interesting to see what the audience thinks of what kind of wave we're sending their way. [Laughs]"

On if she selects roles based on certain criteria, such as the impact on girls/women with strong female characters: "I don't know that I actively choose my roles with any preconceived ideas of the impact they might have on other women. It's a nice byproduct of the choices I've made, but I've never sought out roles that would empower other people. That's never been a part of my process of picking roles. I've been very fortunate, particularly with Black Widow in the Marvel films, to finally play one of the first superheroines that's complex and is more than just a decoration. She's a product of where she comes from, of her backstory, of her struggles as a person, a woman, as a product of a program, as an orphan. It was all of these things. She's really complex, and I see that genre opening up for women. That's fun to be a part of."


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