Joss Whedon Has Big Plans For Black Widow In Avengers: Age Of Ultron
As we know, Joss Whedon’s Avengers proved to be a massive success, becoming one of the most successful films in Hollywood history. With characters like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk involved, it shouldn’t be too big of a surprise that the film was such a big hit. But two of the characters, both of whom notoriously are sans powers, also played a big part in the film. However, fans wanted more for Black Widow and Hawk Guy…er…Hawkeye, played by Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner, respectively. Renner has gone on record as saying that he agrees and was disappointed in how his character was written. Earlier this summer, Whedon pretty much agreed and said that Hawkeye will have a larger, and more effective role in the sequel, including more interaction with his team mates.
As for Widow, the character has made appearances in two films now, and will play a large role in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But, like Hawkeye, she’s yet to receive the solo film treatment. Knowing this, Whedon, who is writing the script for Age of Ultron, promises that we can expect to see a more bad-ass character for the anticipated sequel. In a chat with Nerd HQ, (via CinemaBlend), Whedon expands on his plans for the super spy.
“Natasha is a huge part of the sequel because you do want to concentrate on the people who don’t have their own franchises. Although she in ‘Cap 2,’ [and] she’s great. She was the most fun for me because she’s not a hero, you know, and it’s something that I read—and I feel bad that I can’t remember who wrote the book—but it’s in one of the books explaining, ‘These guys are heroes, you are a spy. It’s a different thing—it’s a different skill set—and you don’t have their moral high ground or any of that good stuff.’ And that just makes her so interesting to me. So yeah, the stuff I’ve got going on with her in the second one is killer.”
Certainly looking forward to that. Fans of Whedon are well aware that he is a fan of strong female characters and he did a great job with Widow in the first film, especially with her interrogation scene with Loki; easily one of my favorite scenes in the film. If Whedon can take that to the next level, I’m all for it. But, let’s jump back to Hawkeye and Jeremy Renner for a bit. As with his S.H.I.E.L.D. counter part, he has yet to see a solo film, so making him an effective character in a film full of box office hits isn’t easy. As I mentioned before, Whedon has listened to fans and to Renner, so we can expect to see him in a larger capacity. It’s possible he could have almost been the star of the film and a few solo films, as he was actually in the running to play Captain America, but once Chris Evans took the role, he was brought in to take on the sharp-shooter Hawkeye. A more fitting role, if you ask this geek.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to begin filming early next year and will hit theaters summer 2015. The sequel will see the return of Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner, with James Spader filling the role of Ultron. Possibly joining them is Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor Johnson as the brother/sister (mutant) duo of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.