This may constitute a spoiler for Avengers: Age of Ultron, but we now have confirmation that the heroine Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) will be back for Captain America: Civil War. Hardly an unsurprising development, the Widow was a big part of The Winter Soldier, but with a jam-packed cast of characters that includes Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Bucky (Sebastian Stan), Crossbones (Frank Grillo), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and a mysterious role played by Daniel Bruhl, it wasn’t altogether certain they’re be room for her. Now, directors Joe and Anthony Russo have confirmed that Widow will be back for more adventures, but the question is, as per the comic book the movie is based on, what side will she be on?
While doing an interview abroad (which was dug up thanks to the due diligence by Comic Book Movie), the Russo Brothers dropped the news that Black Widow would be back for Civil War after Age of Ultron:
If you’re one of those people that doesn’t like to watch videos, here’s the direct quote:
Black Widow couldn’t be more important as an Avenger, herself. Like Hulk, the Avengers films will be the films where they play a primary role. Her part in Avengers: Age of Ultron is very very big, and further develops and further enhances her character. The plans that we have for her throughout the rest of the Avengers saga is very very big, and lynchpin, in fact, to those films. So instead of taking her out there, or instead of doing a prequel, which we haven’t done yet, continuing the forward momentum and the continuity of the cinematic universe. Of which Widow is a key, key part.
The question is which part. In the comic book Black Widow sided with Tony Stark and the Pro-Registration forces, but in The Winter Soldier, Captain America and Black Widow definitely bonded if not becoming BFFs in the process. Adding to that is the fact that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow and Iron Man got off on the wrong foot, and it may look like this all adds up the Widow’s true intentions in Civil War. But on the other hand, Black Widow is a pragmatist first and foremost, and if the political winds blow a certain way, who’s to say that she won’t blow with them. So will she or won’t she blow? Stay tuned.
Captain America: Civil War will be in theaters everywhere on May 6, 2016.