Good news, Marvel fans! Scarlett Johansson, who played Natasha Romanoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2010 to 2021, is returning to the franchise. However, she will not be reprising her role as Black Widow, which makes sense given the events of Avengers: Endgame.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige announces Scarlett Johansson’s return
Per Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed Scarlett Johansson’s return to the franchise during the American Cinematheque Award ceremony that honored the actor. However, since Natasha Romanoff sacrificed herself in Avengers: Endgame to get the Soul Stone, Johansson will not be in front of the screen for this new project.
Feige said, “We are already working with Scarlett on another non-Black Widow related top-secret Marvel Studios project with her as a producer.”
With many projects in the works at Marvel Studios, it’s difficult to pinpoint which one Scarlett Johansson is working on. And we don’t know if she’s producing a movie or a television show. Of course, many fans think and hope that this project is a Black Widow film starring Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova. But we will have to wait for Feige to disclose more information.
Feige praises Johansson at the award ceremony
During the American Cinematheque Award ceremony, Kevin Feige honored Scarlett Johansson for her work at Marvel Studios.
“Scarlett is one of the most talented, versatile, and beloved actors of our time. It has truly been a pleasure to work with someone of her caliber, from the epic training sessions preparing for the hallway fight in Iron Man 2 to the around-the-world press tour for Avengers: Endgame to partnering with you as a producer on Black Widow,” Feige said. “Working with you, Scarlett, has truly been one of the most memorable and rewarding collaborations of my career.”
The Marvel boss then focused on her work as a producer in Black Widow. Feige said, “From our very first few meetings, it was clear she had a vision for [Black Widow], how to tell this story. [Scarlett had a] deep level of character connections, [and she] pushed to make Black Widow an ensemble.”
We are optimistic that many Marvel fans are looking forward to the continued collaboration between Kevin Feige and Scarlett Johansson.
Scarlett Johansson sued Disney and Marvel after the release of ‘Black Widow’
The news that Scarlett Johansson is working with Marvel again is a bit shocking given that she was suing them after the Black Widow premiere. She claimed that she was losing money due to the film’s simultaneous release in theaters and Disney+ Premier Access.
Her lawsuit stated, “In the months leading up to this lawsuit, Ms. Johansson gave Disney and Marvel every opportunity to right their wrong and make good on Marvel’s promise. Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel.”
However, on Sept. 30, Johansson and Disney reached a settlement. Johansson released a statement that read, “I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney. I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done together over the years and have greatly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team. I look forward to continuing our collaboration.”
It sounds like Scarlett Johansson and Marvel fully repaired their relationship. And fans can look forward to more Marvel content from Johansson in the future.