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Scarlett Johansson just revealed she was the second choice for Black Widow role

Another actress was supposed to play Black Widow in the Marvel movies

This image released by Disney/Marvel Studios shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from “Black Widow,” which is scheduled to be released in July.
This image released by Disney/Marvel Studios’ shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from “Black Widow.”
Marvel Studios, Disney via Associated Press

Scarlett Johansson revealed in a new interview with Parade magazine that she was not the first choice to play the superhero Black Widow, but she is totally cool with it.

What’s the news:

  • Johansson told Parade magazine she was originally passed over for the role of Black Widow in “Iron Man 2.” Instead, director Jon Favreau opted for Emily Blunt.
  • Blunt didn’t accept the role because of her schedule. So Johansson won the role.
  • She said: “I was really excited to work with (Favreau). So I said, ‘If this doesn’t work out, I’m an actor for hire, so call me anytime.’”
  • Johansson said: “The best call you can receive is after you are rejected for something and then you get it. You appreciate it more. I’ve basically made a career out of being second choice.”
  • Johansson said the moment in “The Avengers” when all the heroes stand together in a circle is the moment she realized how special the film was, according to USA Today.
  • Johansson said: “It’s the iconic hero shot. We were all thinking, ‘This is crazy!,’ because these worlds were coming together. We’re still processing how much of an impact these movies have had.”

Status of ‘Black Widow’

  • Fast forward to 2020. Johansson is set to star in her own Marvel film titled “Black Widow,” which will chronicle her character’s story from the years between “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”
  • “Black Widow” was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Disney moved the film from its May release date to the fall.