More From Scarlett Johansson On Her Role As Black Widow In THE AVENGERS

More From Scarlett Johansson On Her Role As Black Widow In THE AVENGERS

The actress discusses Black Widow's role in Joss Whedon's superhero "sausagefest" and praises the director for making the character more than just a token love interest.

In an interview with Empire Magazine, Scarlett Johansson has talked more about how Black Widow (first introduced in 2010's Iron Man 2) fits into Marvel's The Avengers. Praising writer/director Joss Whedon's ability to write strong female characters and commenting on Widow's role in the superhero ensemble, check out what she had to say below.

"Joss said to me, 'I want to do everything I can to keep this from being,' in his words, a sausagefest.'" I said, 'That's disgusting, but okay.'"

"I knew that I didn't want to play a love interest. That's not who Widow is. I think Joss understood the importance of having a female perspective. He's a very sensitive guy. He works really well with women. He obviously can write for them! He loves strong and independent women and he's got a certain understanding of, and an appreciation for, women who take charge of the situation, of themselves - so it was clear to me that the character would not be underwritten."

"I don't think Widow things about proving herself. She's incredibly confident. She has no interest in being on anybody's good side. She's not looking to be top of the class. I don't think there's any ego involved there. She leaves that ego stuff for the big man in the iron suit, I guess. I think she's just incredibly practical."

To read even more of Johansson's comments, be sure to pick up the May 2012 edition of Empire Magazine which is now on sale.


Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Ramanoff/Black Widow
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Tom Hiddleston as Loki

RELEASE DATE: April 26th, 2012. (UK) May 4th, 2012. (US)

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