Scarlett Johansson on Why ‘Black Widow’ Will Be ‘Different’ Than Other Marvel Movies

Marvel Studios’ film, Black Widow, will be “different” from other Marvel movies such as The Avengers (2012) or Iron Man (2008), the film’s star, Scarlett Johansson, said at San Diego Comic-Con in July of 2019, according to Variety. Warning: a major Avengers: Endgame spoiler is revealed ahead. 

The 34-year-old actress has played Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow since she first appeared in Iron Man 2 (2012) according to her acting credits. Most recently she played Black Widow in the record-breaking film, Avengers: Endgame, the 22nd and final installment in the Avengers movies saga. 

But Marvel Studios isn’t done with the likes of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans), or Black Widow among other superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Many characters in the Avengers films are set to star in — or already have — their own stand-alone films. 

Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson. | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Johansson’s Black Widow only had 33 minutes of screen time in Avengers: Endgame but that’s about the change. 

Spoiler alert! 

In Johansson’s last scene, she sacrificed herself to save her superhero family seemingly ending the character’s time in the MCU. But, as Marvel Studios explained at Comic-Con, that’s not the case. The studio announced Black Widow at Comic-Con, confirming that this will be the superhero’s first stand-alone film. 

The actress felt a sense of relief when Marvel made the official announcement. “I feel like a weight has been lifted,” she said. We can’t imagine having to carry around such a big secret for a long time. 

Johansson on why ‘Black Widow’ will be ‘different’ from other Marvel movies

During a panel discussion, Johansson revealed some information — but no spoilers — about the upcoming film. She noted the film will stand in contrast to Marvel movies before it, tackling more dialogue.  

“We do about seven pages of dialogue this week so maybe [Black Widow] is a little different than most Marvel movies,” Johansson said. “There’s lots of talking. I get to talk more. I could tell you that.”

She also revealed to the audience she believes viewers will learn what Black Widow is afraid of in the film. 

She feels ‘Black Widow’ could’ve been made ‘10 years ago’

Also at Comic-Con, Johansson said she felt she could’ve made Black Widow a decade ago but that it would’ve been very different from the film that’s being made today (shootings already underway in London). 

“I think I could have made the film 10 years ago but it would have been a very different film,” she said. “I think it probably would have been much more of a caricature of a person. I feel after living an extra 10 years and becoming a mother and you know, life and how it happens to you, I feel much more in myself and able to explore all the kind of things that make me uncomfortable and then just lay it out for you guys,” Johansson added. 

She continued saying, “It feels like I’m a stronger person by the fact that I have embraced my vulnerability. And I think that will make this version of the character really, hopefully, complex.”

Black Widow’s expected release date is May 1, 2020, according to IMDb.