‘Black Widow’ Will Find Natasha in a ‘Moment of Crisis’ According to Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson is gearing up for the release of her first solo film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Black Widow. Filming for the project wrapped up a few weeks ago, and the actress is finally opening up about what the movie is all about. Even though the first trailer just dropped, there is still plenty of mystery surrounding the film, Johansson revealed that her character will face a “moment of crisis” the pushes her to the brink.

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‘Black Widow’ stars Rachel Weisz and Scarlett Johansson | Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Johansson dishes on ‘Black Widow’

The last time we saw Johansson in action was in Avengers: Endgame, where her character sacrificed her life to help the team secure an Infinity Stone. With Natasha dying in Endgame, Black Widow is expected to be her last appearance in the MCU.

With that in mind, the movie is set to take place before the events in Avengers: Infinity War but after everything that happened in Captain America: Civil War.

We still do not know a lot about the plot of the movie, but Johansson revealed that two of the main themes are family and self-forgiveness.

She also teased that Black Widow is in a very transitional point in her life during the film and that she will be facing a lot of her past demons – and that is not the only thing she revealed about Natasha’s final journey.

Black Widow faces a moment of crisis

According to Comic Book, Johansson also teased that her character will be facing a big crisis in Black Widow. The actress did not reveal too many details about the situation, but she did say that Natasha will come out a better person in the end.

“I think in the Black Widow standalone film I think the character is at, when we find her, a moment of real crisis, and throughout the film, by facing herself in a lot of ways and a lot of things that make her, her, she actually kind of comes through that crisis on the other side and we start to be able to reset where she’s a more grounded, self-possessed person,” she stated.

The comments echo what Johansson’s co-star, Florence Pugh, recently said about the movie. Without giving too much away, the actress called the film both “painful” and “beautiful.”

She also said that many fans will be surprised by the content of the film and that an action flick could have that much heart. The movie is scheduled to release in theaters on May 1, 2020.

Johansson almost lost the part

It is hard to imagine anyone else playing Black Widow in the MCU, but there was a time when Johansson was passed up for the part.

After the initial round of auditions, Kevin Feige and Jon Favreau decided to go with Emily Blunt for the role. The decision was heartbreaking for Johansson, but the actress is no stranger to rejection and quickly moved on.

When Blunt backed out of the project, they called up Johansson, who was super excited to join the MCU as the iconic hero.

“I’m not one to hold a grudge or anything,” she explained. “I was super excited about it. And I met with Jon again, and we had a funny conversation about how he had not cast me. But I was excited. I was so stoked.”

It is strange to think that the MCU could have looked a lot different if Blunt had not turned down the part. But at the end of the day, things worked out for all of the parties involved and we cannot wait to see what Black Widow has to offer.

Everything we know about ‘Black Widow’

While Marvel fans dissect the first trailer, there are a few things we already knew about the film. Directed by Cate Shortland, the movie will see Black Widow taking down the Taskmaster, though we still do not know who will be playing the main villain.

The film will also introduce David Harbour as The Red Guardian, Pugh as Yelena, Rachel Weisz as Melina, and O-T Fagbenle as Mason. For those who do not know, The Red Guardian is the Russian equivalent of Captain America (Chris Evans).

The film is set to open in theaters on May 1, though Marvel India recently teased that it might be released a day early.

Black Widow is also set to start Phase 4 of MCU and will be followed by The Eternals – starring Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, and Kit Harington – in November.