Joss Whedon has described Black Widow has having a “huge part” in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Ahead of Natasha Romanov co-headlining next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Whedon revealed that Scarlett Johansson‘s character will get much more of a focus this time around:
“Natasha is a huge part of the sequel, because you do want to concentrate on the people who don’t have their own franchises. Although she’d in Cap 2, [and] she’s great. She was the most fun for me because she’s not a hero, you know?”
“And it’s something that I read—and I feel bad that I can’t remember who wrote the book—but it’s in one of the books explaining, ‘These guys are heroes, you are a spy. It’s a different thing—it’s a different skill set—and you don’t have their moral high ground or any of that good stuff.’”
“And that just makes her so interesting to me. So yeah, the stuff I’ve got going on with her in the second one is killer.”
Whedon has previously stated that Hawkeye will also be featured more heavily in the superhero follow-up, so it appears that the first film’s non-Iron Man, Thor and Hulk characters are getting pushed to the forefront now.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled for release on May 1 2015.