Scarlett Johansson Says Captain America and Black Widow Have This in Common

Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Chris Evans’ Captain America — though at odds in Civil War — carry one of the franchise’s most beloved dynamics; the mutual respect is palpable, the actors’ friendship directly transfers to their characters on-screen dynamic, and the lack of a romantic development keeps their relationship fresh, untainted by the tropes often tied to opposite gendered characters in the superhero space.

Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson and Captain America actor Chris Evans
Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

On the surface, Black Widow and Captain America may seem quite different. One is a former spy used to obeying self-serving and self-protective routines; the other boasts a typical underdog story, always looking out for the less capable following his transformation from scrawny scout to super-soldier. However, on a deeper level, they are more similar than they initially seem.

During an interview with Collider, Johansson and Evans sat down to discuss their characters, the Avengers saga, and more. During the interview, Johansson revealed the one quality she believes Captain America and Black Widow share — a quality that made handling the events in Civil War quite challenging. 

Scarlett Johansson talks Natasha Romanoff and Steve Rogers

Evans and Johansson, a few years back, got an opportunity to discuss the Avengers saga, and how their characters transformed with time. The interviewer proceeded to ask how the characters will react to Bruce’s terrifying message concerning Thanos. Johansson, revealing a commonality between Natasha and Steve, stated:

Our characters have had a little bit of a taste of what’s coming. So I think we have a different perspective, a little bit. I think one thing that [our characters] share in common is they don’t make decisions emotionally, especially Natasha. And so, like I said, they have a little taste of what is coming, and I think they’re wary of what they’re up against.

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Johansson explained that both Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff are guided by their minds; they make strategic decisions following an innate sense of what is objectively right and wrong; however, failing to take into account the emotional factor, both sometimes fail to see the full picture. 

Chris Evans responds to Johansson’s comments concerning their characters’ relationship

Evans goes on to explain that Captain America is always learning and, with each successive installment, he comes to see that the world isn’t what he would hope to see. Evans used this fact as a basis for describing the connection between Cap and Widow. Evans stated:

Every single movie, he learns a little bit more that the world isn’t the way he kind of wants it to be, and I think that’s why there’s a connection between him and Black Widow. Black Widow has seen a lot more than he is, and is kind of a little more calloused, and I think in a lot of ways, he looks up to that and learns from that.

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When it comes to Captain America and Black Widow, they try to ensure that sentimentality does not get in the way of making the “right” move; however, an often naive Cap (at the start) learns a great deal from the jaded ex-spy who see the brutal world we live in at face value.