Casting director Sarah Finn credits Scarlett Johansson’s “vision” for Black Widow’s longevity within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
She is a fan favorite in the superhero films, and Johansson will return to front the standalone movie, Black Widow, for which filming recently wrapped.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, however, Finn insisted that, were it not for the actress, the character would never have become so prominent in the franchise.
“Maybe it would have just been in one or two films,” she mused. “But I think her take on the character was so compelling and thoughtful that it grew to where she’s really becoming a selfless leader, which is not where Natasha (Romanoff, Black Widow’s human counterpart) starts.”
Johansson made her debut in the role in 2010 for Iron Man 2 and has since gone on to appear in a further seven Marvel Movies.
The actress previously confessed she’s “proud” of the latest offering, and teased she thinks Marvel devotees will be satisfied by the installment.
“I don’t know if I can take it anymore without any closure,” she told Entertainment Tonight last month (October 2019). “It’s too exhausting.”
Black Widow is set to hit theatres on May 1, 2020.