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?