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Monday, April 30, 2012

'Avengers' Spin-Off For Black Widow? Scarlett Johansson Is In

Actress sees Widow's relationship with Hawkeye as 'another movie.'
By Kara Warner


Scarlett Johansson in "The Avengers"
Photo: Disney/ Marvel

There are only a few more days left to wait until "Marvel's The Avengers" is unleashed upon the masses and moviegoers everywhere get to revel in the superheroic feat of director Joss Whedon in fully fleshing out so many characters in one giant movie. Two of those characters who get significantly more screen time than they've had in previous Marvel outings are Black Widow/ Natasha Romanoff (played by Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye/ Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner).

Although we don't see their backstory in the film, the two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents have obviously spent a considerable amount of time working together and share a deep connection and mutual respect. When MTV News caught up with Johansson recently, we asked for her thoughts on what direction their relationship might take in future Marvel movies.

"I see that as another movie," Johansson's co-star Mark Ruffalo answered first.

"They do work very well together," Johansson admitted. "And I do know that Marvel is invested in the S.H.I.E.L.D. world. I do think you need a bit of the fantasy to keep it alive unless you go really dark with it. I'm hoping that if the fans give the nod of approval that there will be a future for Hawkeye and Widow somewhere in that S.H.I.E.L.D. world. Although I'd like to take the Widow story way back," Johansson added.

"To the origins?" Ruffalo asked.

"Yeah, it would be fun to do an origin story," she said.

No matter where Black Widow ends up, Johansson has said she's just happy to have survived the filming of "Avengers."

"We all took a pretty big beating," she said. "The stunt sequence that I've been the most proud of is probably my fight with ... " Johansson stopped abruptly. "Actually, I don't know if I can say! All I can say is that I had to fight someone else in this film, and they beat the crap out of me in stunt rehearsals. I have to say I could not believe it," she recalled. "I was like, 'Can you hold it back, OK? You know, I'm trying to work it out here. I've got smaller muscles than you.' I was dragged across the [floor]. When we finally finished [filming] that scene, I was just happy to be alive."

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