The Marvel universe has given us many superheroes — male and female. One of the fan favourites since the time she first came into the picture with Iron Man 2 in 2010, has been Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow. Scarlett Johansson, who was already an established actor, rose to newer heights of fame when she became the Black Widow. Her first solo film in the series called Black Widow is set to release in November 2020. Cate Shortland, the director of the movie, revealed in an interview with an international magazine, that the 33-year-old actress will also be playing the spy character for the last time.

Johansson has acted in over 60 movies and debuted as a child actor in 1994. Back in 2009, in an interview when asked if she will return to play the character after Iron Man 2, she said, “You want the fans to like the character, you want them to believe in the character, root for them, and want to see them again. So I’m hoping that if the fans support the character, that we’ll see her again.” She went on to do eight more Avengers movie and now Black Widow would be the ninth.

We last saw the Black Widow in Avengers: Endgame where she sacrificed herself. Shortland said that the upcoming film “is a celebration of Johansson’s work as the character, giving her the solo film she has deserved.” She also added that it will also provide a closure of sorts for the Natasha Romanoff fans who were upset when the character didn’t get the send-off she deserved. Johansson won the People’s Choices Awards Female Movie Star for her role in Avengers: Infinity War.

Earlier, the Infinity War director, Joe Russo, had praised Johansson’s portrayal of Romanoff, “There’s so much to explore with a character whose history was as a villain, and you know, Scarlett does such a good job of playing that character and people are so used to that character that you forget the character’s history, and so there’s a lot of compelling stories to tell about someone who has a dark past.”

An endorser of equal pay, Johansson reportedly was paid $15 million for this upcoming film, same as what the Captain America star Chris Evans and Thor star Chris Hemsworth drew for their solo movies. She has been named “Hollywood’s top-grossing actress of all time”, but she clarified that it did not mean she was the highest-paid. “I’ve had to fight for everything that I have. It’s such a fickle and political industry,” she said to an international magazine.

This won’t be the last time we see the character though. Johansson will pass the mantle to actor Florence Pugh, who is also playing a lead character in the movie. The movie will look at the events that happened between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

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Black Widow
Role: Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Release date: 2020

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