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Scarlett Johansson thinks Marvel characters have a darker past

Scarlett Johansson is the Black Widow in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'
Scarlett Johansson is the Black Widow in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'
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According to ComicBook.com on April 5, the "Captain America 2" actress Scarlett Johansson believes that the Marvel characters in the film may have a darker, complex history. She expressed that her Black Widow character would probably be the darkest of the Avengers crew and mentions that some became superheroes, but not by choice.

“I think all of these characters have dark pasts,” Johansson said. “A lot of us are superheroes that didn’t choose to be. My character is a mercenary to begin with and was sort of put into the Widow program. She’s had a dark past, and she’s just beginning to discover how her past affects her when we see her in Cap 2. I think she’s had to dehumanize in a way, obviously, as anyone in that position does just to be able to accomplish the things that she’s had to. But now she’s like, ’Wow, I actually have nightmares about this stuff.’ She’s starting to realize, Wow, I’m a product of what I’ve done in some way. And I think, in Avengers 2, it’s about time that our past comes back to haunt us in some way—all of us, I think, in one way or another".

At this point, the Black Widow actress feels the audience is ready for the complexity of the character in future films and its not uncommon that audience experience entails "haunted past" synopsis of even non-comic book movies are something most people are used to seeing and would be able to understand.

“I think the audience is ready for that,” Johansson said. “These characters’ relationships become even muckier. Nothing’s getting cleaned up and tied up in a big, red shiny bow in Avengers 2. It’s complex, and the universe is expanding even more. More characters are coming in, but that only feels like it enriches the story. Joss has made room in a very, very impressive way for those new characters to come in, to be introduced. This is not the kind of rehashing of what you've already seen, but just in a different setting. It’s the progression of these characters. And everything’s in real time, you know, it’s been 3 or 4 years. The world as we know it is the world as we know it. It’s the next step—the next level".

Considering that the Natasha Romanoff has a rather murkier "red" past than most, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had expressed going solo in her own feature ensemble in the future and that she is she is "kind of the key to so much of the broader world".

Johansson is also quite puzzled that young girls are enthralled by her character, as she doesn't feel that the Black Widow is the kind of role to be inspired by. On the other hand, the role does have qualities that some inspiring women might find appealing.

"Natasha doesn't necessarily have this really kind of strong, golden moral compass," says Johansson who is expecting her first child with fiance Romain Dauriac. " Let's not forget, she started out her career as essentially a mercenary so I don't know if that makes her role model material. But I will say that one of the things that's very attractive to me about Natasha is that she uses her feminine wiles as part of her job, but she doesn't rely on her sexuality or physical appeal to get the job done. She's extremely smart. She thinks on her feet. She's a leader and she has a lot of foresight. Those are all qualities that I think it's wonderful to celebrate for young women".

Hopefully it would be the latter.

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" is scheduled to be released in theaters come May 1, 2015.