by Brett White
By the time "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" hits theaters in April, 2014, it will have been almost two years since we watched the battle of New York unfold in "Marvel's the Avengers." Now, in an interview with Refinery 29, Scarlett Johansson—returning in the film for her third appearance as Black Widow—revealed that the same amount of time will have passed between films.
"This film is in real time," revealed Johansson. "It's been two years since [the characters] appeared, and now both are agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fighting in the streets. We are not superheroes flying side by side. They help each other because we are fighting in a similar way. It's a working relationship."
Of course the nature of Captain America and Black Widow's relationship has been much talked about as of late, especially following some spoiler-y set photos from a few months back. While Johansson neither confirmed or denied any rumors, she did talk a bit about where Rogers and Romanoff find themselves in the sequel.
"By a series of unfortunate encounters, they will be in a situation in which their friendship becomes more intimate," revealed Johansson. "They share many similarities because they live on the defensive without relying on anyone. Also, the two have been working for the government throughout their professional careers. With their friendship they begin to question what they want and what is their true identity."
Thanks in part to Johansson's scene-stealing work in "Marvel's the Avengers," the demand for a female-lead superhero movie is now greater than ever. While the "Don Jon" actress remained mum about a potential fourth and solo appearance for her alter-ego, she did enthusiastically praise the character and her role in the comic book movie landscape.
"I love [Black Widow]. I think it is a sensational character. It is a professional, highly skilled, dangerous, mysterious superhero. I love playing it. I think that it is rare to find a woman sexy and intelligent on the big screen, able to fight anyone (including men) and overcome them physically and emotionally, and my character does it... To me, this character has given me a great opportunity. ["Marvel's the Avengers" director] Joss [Whedon] has jumped the fence with 'Avengers' to celebrate a female character that is not a simple ornament inside the group. He's not interested in just selling her physical attractiveness."
You can check out the rest of the interview, including Johansson talking about her unforgiving Black Widow costume, over at Refinery 29.
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