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Black Widow Will Be “A Huge Part” of The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Praise be to our superspy Russian goddess!

Ever since the name of the Avengers sequel got announced last weekend at Comic-Con we’ve been seeing tidbits pop up here and there about the 2015 film. For example: Though Age of Ultron has the same name as a recently finished comic book arc, it won’t have the same story. The eponymous villain will have a different origin story in the movie than in the comics. Agent Coulson probably won’t be in the film (which is good because then Joss Whedon can’t try and kill him again, HEY-O!), and it sounds like circa Age of Ultron the Avengers won’t even have learned he’s alive yet.

Oh, and most relevant to our particular interests: There’s going to be a bunch of Natasha Romanoff. Says Whedon:

“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 [is] 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.”

Keeping in the vein of “Yay franchiseless superheroes!,” Hawkeye will also have an increased presence in Age of Ultron, which is good news after he had the least screen time of all the Avengers in the previous film by far.

This is great and all, Joss. You know I love you and am never going to say no to more Black Widow screen time.

But… Black Widow-Hawkeye movie? Maybe? At some point? Please?

(via: Collider)

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  • Claire

    Can’t or won’t kill Coulson again? Clearly you’ve never watched Buffy.

  • Elwyne

    woooooo hooooooooooo!!!

  • Molly Muldoon

    Black Widow Hawkeye movie WANT. They can be badass spies together!

  • Nat

    I would just like my Super Russian Assassins in addition to htis because so far they have told us NOTHING about Winter Widow either (no, it’s not the only thing I care about but basically I’ve been inundated with emotionally manipulative tumblr graphics and I no longer can any more)

  • Emily Neenan

    This is the next best thing after a spy thriller starring Natasha Romanov. I’m really hopeful for franchise films with different genres!

  • Hailey Ferraro


  • Rebecca Pahle

    Oh, I have watched Buffy. But he can’t kill Coulson if he can’t find him… right?

  • Anonymous

    That’s good to hear. They keep talking about Winter Soldier being the most important stepping stone to Age of Ultron, so I’m expecting there will be some huge rift with SHIELD or something. Maybe Cap and the Falcon resign or Widow too maybe.

  • CommentsSectionsAreDumb

    Dammit, different origin story? Does this mean no Ant-Man? I was hoping for the Avengers to have some of its own spin-off movies and being a two way street for character development.

  • Fortyseven

    Not to mention Hawkeye spent a good chunk of the movie under mind control.

  • Adrian

    Why DOESN’T Black Widow have her own franchise, Joss Whedon? *glares at Kevin Feige*

  • Claire

    This is true. And clearly if anyone can hide him, Fury can.

  • Adrian

    You and I remember Budapest very differently.

  • Emily


  • Thomas Hayes

    Ant-Man’s coming the year after.

  • Anonymous

    After Iron Man 2 I was convinced that they had screwed up the character so bad that it was just beyond salvaging.

    Avengers was so good, especially Black Widow, that it made Iron Man 2 better in retrospect.

    Dammit, Joss, I already was going to see Avengers 2! There’s no need to make me hunger for this and need it more than oxygen!!

  • CommentsSectionsAreDumb

    That movie would get a better draw if he’s introduced in Avengers 2. A lot of the folks out there still only know Ant-man from the old SNL skit. “Pfft, heh strength of a human.”

  • Anonymous

    fffffffff hawkeye, let’s just have a Black Widow movie.

  • Charlie

    This isn’t his first rodeo

  • Anonymous

    That’s a very good idea. I would *so* watch that movie.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Yay! Maybe if she’s one of the three key players saving the day again, mainstream humor will stop acting like her only role in the movie was eye candy.

    I get Coulson staying out of the second (though he should come back for the third, hopefully). But I do hope that he’s…present, I suppose, for lack of a better word. That Natasha or Clint or Tony mentions him, that Steve maybe has a bloodstained card somewhere.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    The potential awesomeness of this cannot be overstated! Joss even set it up nicely in Avengers – remember Budapest?

  • frodobatmanvader

    The question is, who should Widow & Hawk-Eye face off against? Personally, I’d like The Taskmaster.

  • Aeryl

    I’m sure those traitorous showrunners will fill him in if he asks.

  • Aundrea Singer

    Hells to the yeah on both your points. I was astonished that anyone could have thought BW was just eye candy–she was amazing. And the worst thing that could happen for Coulson would be no one even makes reference to the fact he ever existed.

  • Caitlin

    This is exactly what I have been saying! I want a movie about Budapest so much!

  • Thomas Hayes

    I’ve never watched SNL, it’s not a big deal in my country, so… In any case if I’ve heard correctly the main Ant-Man in the film of that name isn’t going to be Hank Pym, but Scott Lang (Edgar Wright said this a long time ago now though so maybe Pym IS in Avengers 2 in some capacity, perhaps as an older character. Who knows?

  • Cerberus

    Ugh! I want to see Captain Marvel or Wasp!

  • Anonymous

    Secret Avengers

  • Anonymous

    It’s great that Black Widow will have an important part in both Cap 2 and Avengers 2, in terms of female representation and all that. What sucks is that it’s been over five years since the start of the MCU and she’s the only female character around to get that kind of importance. And as they only seem to be able to focus on one female character at a time, I guess we’ll have to wait until phase 3 for the Scarlet Witch to have any relevance at all. And where’s Captain Marvel in this universe? Where’s the announcement of Wasp on Ant-Man (and if she is on Ant-Man, like many assume will be the case, why does the movie get his name, and not hers?)? Where are the female villains? Are we supposed to go yay? To celebrate that after so many years the only Marvel movie that will have more than two relevant female characters at a time is Guardians of the Galaxy?

  • Thomas Hayes

    Black Widow’s introduction scene and then her recruiting Banner were the scenes where Avengers really took off for me. A lot of the preceding setup is very dry for a superhero film. It certainly needs to be there, sure, and it even has a nice action scene with Loki, Hawkeye, Fury and Hill (her only action scene, unfortunately) . However, Widow coming in is where it starts to come together. I like all six Avengers, but if I had to pick a favourite (for this film anyway) Black Widow probably comes out on top – just about. She wasn’t bad in Iron Man 2 in my opinion but she was just sort of there, I was genuinely surprised by how much cooler she was in Avengers. So rock on, Joss.

  • Anonymous

    Me too, so much on the Captain Marvel front. A blonde soldier superhero seems like a fancy fit for Whedonizing, no? ;)

  • Anonymous

    I am not a fan of the Widow character (particularly from the comics) but I would very much love for Widow to have her own franchise/movie(s)! No offense to Hawkeye, but another straight grizzled white dude (superhero) movie won’t be missed in this sea of them.

  • Constance

    Could she finish zipping up her suit, already?

  • Lauren

    I need to know what happened in Budapest.

  • Anonymous

    mainstream humor will stop acting like her only role in the movie was eye candy.

    What? Did they watch the same movie? Mainstream humour needs to hang out on better blogs.
    (also the eye candy in that movie was Hiddleston, it is known)

  • Sara

    I wouldnt mind one of their one-shots being about them for sure.

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  • Garu Derota

    At leas I hope they replace Scarlett Johansson with a decent actress. She was the worst part of Avengers movie, by far. She is athletic as a pile of stones.