***Disclosure: I attended The #CaptainAmericaEvent . My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney and myself. Pictures provided by Disney. All opinions are 100% mine. ***
There are many beautiful actresses out there, but Scarlett Johansson is not only beautiful. She is also extremely talented and can put so much of herself into a character you forget for a moment that she is acting. In every MARVEL movie where she has played Black Widow she brought heart, emotion, and nuances to that character. Yes, some people just see a beautiful woman in a skin tight outfit and lose sight of her performance. As a woman, she empowers the role and is pretty kick ass. She sat down with us bloggers at The Winter Soldier Press Junket and was a doll to interview.
Q: When are we gonna see the Black Widow movie?
SCARLETT: You know, the thing about working with Marvel that I think, I appreciate certainly and I think fans appreciate is what a kind of big part and how loud the audience voice is.
I think because Marvel, and particularly Kevin Feige, is such a fan of the source material himself and understands that the fans are kind of what drive this train. If people want that, want to see that, I’m sure that we can get something together. This character I love playing. She’s got such great source material I think it would be wonderful to have the challenge of doing a female superhero movie where the protagonist didn’t kind of rest on her feminine wiles and, you know, use every opportunity to strike a sexy pose in order to get the job done.
She uses her brain, wit and feminine wiles to get the job done. She’s a very playful character and also a character that has a really compelling story. She has a kind of a gray moral code. She’s not black and white. I think it could be really a fun opportunity to have. So, we’ll see. If you request it, they will come.
Q: In this film she’s like cupid? Why the transition?
SCARLETT: Um, that’s interesting. Well first of all when the character is talking to Loki, she’s kind of putting up this front, obviously. She’s not, as we come to realize, being completely honest with him. It’s partly for her widow face that she wears. In this film we really get to see a lot more of Natasha. I like to think that Natasha has a romantic side.
She’s been really damaged. I think that she very early on in the past probably learned to not care too much about people because they could be easily taken away from her and used against her. She probably didn’t want to hurt the people that she loved the most. So she never needs them or never invested too much in them knowing that they- it would probably put them in danger. I think that she hopes that for someone like Cap- you know particularly Steve.
I think she sees someone could really have a sort of life enriched by sharing it with somebody. That she sees someone that kind of yearns for that, but, you know, is also scarred by the series of events that have changed his life. Maybe she’s kind of sees in Steve a little bit of herself and wants something more for him.
Q: Do you enjoy having your character mature?
SCARLETT: Yeah, I mean it’s been, it’s been interesting because when I went in to do Avengers after having done Iron Man 2 which you kind of don’t know a lot about the character, right, you sort of see her in widow mode. I met with Joss and we started talking and he did a bunch of research. Now at this point it was like, all right, we’re invested in this character. I didn’t know if the character would work, or the audience would like her. Like my version of her.
Once it became clear they did and I got the opportunity to explore more of her back story in Avengers, you know, it really started to kind of carve out what my kind of version of Natasha could be. I mean obviously it’s one of the oldest female superheroes. Probably the oldest one, and she’s got this vast library of source material and has had many incarnations and many different people have their hand in her stories.
She’s made all kinds of connections and love interests and failures, and she’s been good and bad in everything. So we wanted to make sure that the story felt contemporary, obviously. I wouldn’t have a cold war kind of back story, did it make sense, and we had to kind of tailor it to my AGENT, like what my experience would be. It’s been great to be able to reveal little pieces of that. I think it’s kind of like these little Easter eggs for the fans.
I’ll wink at the audience when you kind of learn a little bit about her KGB past, or whatever kind of task she’s been set on. You kind of discover her as, as I discover her as well. It’s fun to do that.
Q: Tell us about the stunts you did.
SCARLETT: Well first of all, my stuntt girlfriend… [LAUGHTER] isthis wonderful, wonderful stunt woman by the name of Heidi Moneymaker – that’s her real name. Yeah, she’s awesome. This is our third – you know, she’s played the widow every time along with me. So we have really worked together from the beginning to develop this fighting style that you see. We want to keep the consistency of it. It’s such a fun, playful kind of fighting style.
It’s badass but it’s kind of sexy. It’s a little bit like flirtatious. It’s basically giving a kind of a little nod to her past gymnastics. Of course the Muay Thai and whatever else she would have learned with her kind of global experience.
Q: Tell us about the Black Widow costume.
SCARLETT: The Widow costume is I have to say, it’s probably the most comfortable of the superhero suits because it doesn’t require a built-in air conditioning unit, like Hemsworth does. I don’t have a lot of under armor or any of that kind of huge leather cape, headdress, whatever, all that stuff. It’s pretty straight forward. It’s kinda like a wet suit actually. I’m always amazed when it goes on and zips up. I’m like, wow. It’s on.
It’s totally empowering because, you know, once you get the belt and the gloves and the bracelets and your guns and the boots and it looks great. It’s badass and I think it makes all of- you know, when I’m, have my legs wrapped around some giant stunt guy’s head or whatever, and feeling totally ridiculous hanging on for dear life, it sells it.