Sunday June 20th 2021
Theatrical release on July 8th
Johansson returns as “Black Widow”
For more than a decade, Scarlett Johansson has played the spy Natasha Romanoff in the Marvel franchise. Now the black widow gets her own film. The role has now rubbed off on her real life, says the Hollywood actress.
Scarlett Johansson has played the “Black Widow” character from the Marvel universe several times since “Iron Man 2” in 2010, now the actress is returning to the cinema in the first solo film about the combative agent. She has played this character for so long that she is “definitely less afraid” in real life, said the 36-year-old in a virtual press interview. She now feels more comfortable taking risks and engaging in unfamiliar situations.
“Black Widow”, directed by Australian Cate Shortland (“Berlin Syndrome”), tells the story of the black widow spy Natasha Romanoff, usually the only woman in the “Avengers” troop around superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor .
This time the red-haired Romanoff fights alongside the agent Yelena Belova, played by the 25-year-old Florence Pugh (“Little Women”). Johansson reveals that her figure is downright unsettled by the new fighter. Yelena makes fun of Romanoff’s typical fighting position, in which she throws her hair sexy backwards. She worked on this iconic pose for ten years, now the new one will destroy it in seconds, said Johansson with a wink.
In her first Marvel role, Pugh hit hard right from the start in Budapest. “Literally on my first day, I had to throw Scarlett against a wall while she smashed my face into a basin. There’s nothing like breaking the ice than wrestling Scarlett Johansson,” said the Briton. In addition to Johansson and Pugh, Rachel Weisz (“The Favorite – Intrigues and Insanity”) and David Harbor (“Stranger Things”) also play. One day after the German theatrical release on July 8th, “Black Widow” will appear on Disney +.