It’s been ten great years since we first met Natasha Romanoff of Scarlett Johansson, who took Happy Hogan in the boxing ring of Tony Stark. Over the past decade, she has evolved from the morally conflicting Superspy to the hero of revenge and, ultimately, the protector of the cosmic sacrifice. Johansson looks back on a major scene from 5 Marvel movies.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
This Ultron moment with Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner is a rare moment of vulnerability for Nat. As for the scene – in which Natasha opens up about her forced sterilization and inability to have children – she needs a little film magic to shoot it. “[It’s] ironic because I was really pregnant at the time,” Johansson says with a laugh.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
The 2016 Civil War held the record for the highest number of Avengers in one place before Infinity War, thanks to its pinnacle airport runway war. In the days since Johansson filmed the scene in Atlanta, the temperature of the tarmac is over 100 degrees – but the result is worth it. She recalls, “both sides were running towards each other. I remember full speed charging at each other, and you knew the universe would change forever after that.”
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
The final Wakanda battle of Infinity War sees Natasha teaming up with Scarlet Witch and Okoye to bring down Proxima Midnight (Carrie Coon). “We were this random another unit that had been fighting in the trench for weeks,” Johansson says with a laugh. “When Lizzie came along, we were like, ‘Where were you! You have to do a fantastic Hero pose, and we’ve been eating dirt for three weeks! ”
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Nat’s final hero moment, where she sacrifices herself for the Soul Stone, was originally filmed as a chase scene with an “army of Dementor-type creatures,” Johansson reveals. But the sequence felt too busy in an already action-packed film, so she and Jeremy Renner later reshot it as a quieter, more emotional confrontation. “We wanted to leave with the weight of that loss and the shock of it,” Johansson says.
Black Widow (2020)
The solo Black Widow film, where Nat reunites with her “sister,” Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova – and they continue to beat each other. “It’s like when you look at the prizefighters who came together to go a second time, and you know that there’s all that built-up tension in a good kind of way,” Johansson explains.
BONUS SCENE: The Avengers (2012)
One of Johansson’s personal highlights was the moment the Avengers assembled for the now-unrivalled 360-degree shot during the Battle of New York. “I remember all of us assembling in that circle and looking around,” she explains. “All of us had a moment where we were like, ‘Oh. This is going to work.'”
Source: Entertainment Weekly