Avengers’ Scarlett Johansson reveals Black Widow film secrets as she insists it’s not an origin story

Scarlett isn’t letting go of Black Widow just yet (Picture: Marvel)

As we eagerly, so eagerly, await the arrival of the Black Widow spin-off, Scarlett Johansson has dished the deets on the whole premise and her intentions by stepping back into the latex.

Explaining she doesn’t want the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film to be an ‘origin story’ or one simply about espionage, the Natasha Romanoff star admits she wants the movie to ‘elevate the game’.

Which is quite the illustrious ask seeing as it’s already part of the game-changing Avengers universe – how much more elevated can the game get?

‘I did not want it to be an origin story,’ she told Vanity Fair. ‘I did not want it to be an espionage story. I didn’t want it to feel superficial at all.

‘I only wanted to do it if it actually fit where I was with that character. I had spent such a long time peeling those layers away—I felt that unless we got to something deep, then there was no reason to make it.

ScarJo wants to elevate the genre (Picture: FilmMagic)

‘Because I did my job in Endgame, and actually felt satisfied with that. I would have been happy to let that be it. So there had to be a reason to do it other than just to milk something.’

Scarlett reveals she ‘never counted on that film really happening’, keeping her expectations low until she was munching on a salad from the craft services table and back in that iconic red wig.

When it comes to the upcoming tale, to be released next year and set after the events of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, we’ll be diving deeper into the psyche of the Avenger.

It won’t be an easy ride, though, as Scarlett explains it’ll go further than the gun-toting genre and dig into the feels. Which, we should add, is only more poignant now we know Black Widow’s grim fate in Endgame.

‘The film talks about a lot of tough stuff. It deals with a lot of trauma and pain. And I hope this film is empowering for people because I think Natasha is a very empowering person, and an inspiring person in a lot of ways,’ she said.

‘She has overcome so much, and she’s brave. And so by elevating the genre I mean I hope that it can be both explosive and dynamic and have all that great fun stuff that goes with the genre, but I hope that we can also talk about, you know, self-doubt and insecurity and shame and disappointment and regret and all that stuff too.

‘It has many different things, it’s not just that. But there’s a lot of deep stuff, I think, that drives it.’

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