One of the most anticipated films of next summer is "Iron Man 2," and among the new additions to the cast is Scarlett Johansson as Russian super-spy Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow.
Beyond seeing images of her in her costume and seeing her in some footage at Comic-Con (if you were lucky enough to go), we seem to have learned very little about the role. Fans have been wondering whether she'll have an accent, whether she will appear in future Marvel films and many other questions.
Johansson was asked about the Russian origins of Black Widow in "Iron Man 2" by ComingSoon.net, particularly whether she had an accent.
She said: "She's covert, and I think that she blends in, it's not like she comes on to the scene and they're like 'Who's that Russian chick?'"
Clarifying that she didn't have a Russian accent, she added: "No, I think that would be a little bit of a dead giveaway, I don't know how covert you would be [if you had a Russian accent] but I would have [had one] if I had to."
The actress was determined to do her own fight scenes to make the action as realistic as possible, and undertook a lot of physical training: "For me it was really important to do the stuntwork and to be able to fight and feel the fight within me..."
It had, she said, been a challenge not only to reach the physical fitness levels required but to look convincingly like she was capable of 'kicking ass' in the role, especially as she is just 5ft 3in.
She revealed she had not been pitched the role as part of an overarching masterplan flowing into "The Avengers" and "Iron Man 3."
She explained: "Marvel is about building these characters, building a fanbase around these characters and being able to extend their life in the movie world.
"These are characters they have a vested interest in and fans have a vested interest in and it would be shame to take a character like Black Widow - who has been around for so many years and has built such a fanbase and has had so many incarnations and so many different kinds of storylines and often interacts with many of the other characters in the Marvel universe including the 'Avengers' - and not go ahead with it.
"So I think it's up to the fans, if the fans respond to the character. And I think Marvel very much works that way, they're fans themselves, so they will feel out what the masses are craving for and hopefully that will be Black Widow."
She also explained how she sees the evolving story of Iron Man 2: "I try to compare it with something like Hamlet, and it's that kind of dramatic second act where there is a huge climax and everything culminates in a character.
"You take a character that can go in two different paths. I think a lot of the characters in this film have to make a choice and I think there is that iconic good vs evil that comes into play, it's not all grey area.
"There's choices that have to be made and I think that a lot of characters in this are certainly forced to step up to the plate and realise how important they are, how invaluable they are to humankind, and decide: 'I have this all in the palm of my hand, which way can I go'?
"That to me is sort of epic, that kind of story, certainly [director] Jon [Favreau] has had that in his mind, this is like the arc of the character, and the third instalment will be the culmination of that, whether it be good or evil - of course we hope that good always prevails, but there will be a different kind of fight fought, I suppose."
And she definitely hopes to return: "In this particular situation, you become invested in these films as much as the studio is and you are able to develop your character with the studio and have a lot of input in that sense, so to me that's exciting.
"Because rarely as an actor you get to take it to the next level. You see a beginning, a middle and an end in one two-hour segment and then you are done with it, but for me to be able to build something, especially a character that has had so many different histories and paths, to think about where she might go and will we find out more about her, I feel like it's something you invest yourself in."
In an interview with Comic Book Resources recently, Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige was asked if Black Widow would be in "The Avengers" or her own spin-off and responded: "She's signed on for all of those should we be lucky enough to have an audience that wants to see them."
Do you like Johansson's take on the Black Widow? Do you think she will be good enough in "Iron Man 2" to have a role in "The Avengers"?
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Source: The Geek Files
Listen to the full interview with Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr. over at ComingSoon by clicking here for the mp3 audio link.