Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’: Scarlett Johansson Reveals ‘It’s A Film About Self-Forgiveness’

Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are at something of a standstill right now. There isn’t any new content coming for months. So in the meantime, we’re left to speculate. Fortunately, Scarlett Johansson is spilling a bit about what to expect in Black Widow. Here’s what she recently said.

When does ‘Black Widow’ arrive?

It’s taken quite some time, but finally, another of the Original Six Avengers, Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow), is getting her own movie. Black Widow has been in the works for a while, and it will be the first MCU entry of the decade, and of Phase 4.

So far, details are, of course, being kept under wraps. However, we do know that Johansson will reprise her role in the film, which is set in years prior to her Avengers: Endgame death. We also know that the flick will co-star David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, Rachel Weisz, and more. Black Widow is due out on May 1, 2020.

Natasha’s journey of self-forgiveness

Johansson wrapped the film not long ago, so Black Widow is “very fresh” in her mind, but adds that she doesn’t “have a total perspective on it yet.” Speaking to Vanity Fair, she said. “It’s a film about self-forgiveness. And it’s a film about family.”

“I think in life we sort of come-of-age many times,” she continued. “And you have these moments where you’re kind of in a transitional phase and then you move beyond it.” Johansson added that Natasha is in “a moment of real crisis” at the start of the movie, but she comes out on the other side “a more grounded, self-possessed person.”

What Johansson didn’t want for ‘Black Widow’

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Scarlett Johansson | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Of course, talking about everything that Black Widow is, leads us to discuss what it’s not. Johansson told Vanity Fair that she “did not want it to be an origin story” or “an espionage story.” “I didn’t want it to feel superficial at all. I only wanted to do it if it actually fit where I was with that character.”

She elaborated. “I felt that unless we got to something deep, then there was no reason to make it. Because I did my job in Endgame, and actually felt satisfied with that. I would have been happy to let that be it. So there had to be a reason to do it other than just to milk something.”

How ‘Black Widow’ changes the game for superhero films

Johansson also revealed her hopes for what Black Widow will do for audiences. “The film talks about a lot of tough stuff. It deals with a lot of trauma and pain. And I hope this film is empowering for people because I think Natasha is a very empowering person, and an inspiring person in a lot of ways. She has overcome so much, and she’s brave.”

She also wants the film to help “elevate the genre,” which she clarified here. “I hope that it can be both explosive and dynamic and have all that great fun stuff that goes with the genre, but I hope that we can also talk about, you know, self-doubt and insecurity and shame and disappointment and regret and all that stuff too.”