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Scarlett Johansson's Avengers 2 scenes to be fast tracked due to pregnancy

03.04.2014

Scarlett Johansson, better known as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is pregnant, which is great for the actress and fiancé Romain Dauriac. Now, before you think this is some tabloid story, the only reason we're even bringing it up is because of this little movie she's supposed to start filming next month called THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Obviously, since Johansson is pregnant the clock is ticking on what she can accomplish in a skintight catsuit and E! Online is reporting that "they're going to fast-track her scenes" for the sequel with the star reporting to set on April 5, just after she wraps the CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER press tour.

While this isn't the first time a production has had to work around a pregnancy, the main issue for Johansson is that director Joss Whedon has said that Black Widow would be "huge" part of the sequel.

“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 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.”

I'm thinking that the "huge" part may be downgraded once ScarJo shows up on set, unless her part of the action in the sequel is going to be behind a computer monitor, which is typically reserved for Cobie Smulders' Agent Maria Hill. However it shakes out, at least we'll have Black Widow back in the mix and we're always happy to have however much ScarJo as we can. Could this mean a beef up in the other female roles, such as Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch or possibly another female role (Ms. Marvel, perhaps...)?

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10:46AM on 03/05/2014
like it matters? her stunt double does all of the work, just get close ups of her pouty face and her awkward running and her nearly puddle depth character arch and we still wont care.
like it matters? her stunt double does all of the work, just get close ups of her pouty face and her awkward running and her nearly puddle depth character arch and we still wont care.
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11:47PM on 03/04/2014
How many characters are supposed a huge part of this sequel lol? How about they just cut screen time.
How many characters are supposed a huge part of this sequel lol? How about they just cut screen time.
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10:05PM on 03/04/2014
Hope it isn't a rush job
Hope it isn't a rush job
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3:38PM on 03/04/2014
Might be a good time to kill her off! Not that I don't like Johansson or Black Widow, but at some point killing a major player from their movie universe (for real this time) could add some weight to the story!
Might be a good time to kill her off! Not that I don't like Johansson or Black Widow, but at some point killing a major player from their movie universe (for real this time) could add some weight to the story!
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2:40PM on 03/04/2014
Joss, how about you focus more on Hulk!
Joss, how about you focus more on Hulk!
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2:19PM on 03/04/2014
i wish it was my baby
i wish it was my baby
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8:53AM on 03/05/2014
LOL! Don't we all.
LOL! Don't we all.
2:13PM on 03/04/2014
Hopefully this means more screen time for hawkeye, great character that needs more screen time in the films.
This could also be good if they make the "rumored role" of Captain Marvel in it bigger as well.
Hopefully it doesn't make scarlet witches role larger, hate her character in the comics and nervous about her in the movie.
Hopefully this means more screen time for hawkeye, great character that needs more screen time in the films.
This could also be good if they make the "rumored role" of Captain Marvel in it bigger as well.
Hopefully it doesn't make scarlet witches role larger, hate her character in the comics and nervous about her in the movie.
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2:11PM on 03/04/2014
Would have preferred if they cut her out altogether and gave Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch more time.
Would have preferred if they cut her out altogether and gave Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch more time.
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2:10PM on 03/04/2014

Terrible timing... 2

I can already see them having her hold Cap's shield for a large part of the movie,adding a plot device where the shield protects her from Ultron's Heartburn Gun.
Why don't they just make Black Widow preggers with Cappy's kid? That might actually work, having the genetically superior offspring of those two characters could be a good thing? What do you think?
I can already see them having her hold Cap's shield for a large part of the movie,adding a plot device where the shield protects her from Ultron's Heartburn Gun.
Why don't they just make Black Widow preggers with Cappy's kid? That might actually work, having the genetically superior offspring of those two characters could be a good thing? What do you think?
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2:09PM on 03/04/2014

Terrible timing... 2

I can already see them having her hold Cap's shield for a large part of the movie,adding a plot device where the shield protects her from Ultron's Heartburn Gun.
Why don't they just make Black Widow preggers with Cappy's kid? That might actually work, having the genetically superior offspring of those two characters could be a good thing? What do you think?
I can already see them having her hold Cap's shield for a large part of the movie,adding a plot device where the shield protects her from Ultron's Heartburn Gun.
Why don't they just make Black Widow preggers with Cappy's kid? That might actually work, having the genetically superior offspring of those two characters could be a good thing? What do you think?
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6:03AM on 03/05/2014
i'll go with that! as long as they show the exact scene where captain junior gets made.
i'll go with that! as long as they show the exact scene where captain junior gets made.
2:02PM on 03/04/2014

fingers crossed

Her screentime is cut, also hawkeyes! Hate the direction they took his character.
Her screentime is cut, also hawkeyes! Hate the direction they took his character.
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2:10PM on 03/04/2014
So did Renner.
So did Renner.
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1:20PM on 03/04/2014

recast or remove

If they recast the character, or simply removed it all together, this movie's quality wouldn't suffer. It may actually improve. Same thing with Hawkeye.
If they recast the character, or simply removed it all together, this movie's quality wouldn't suffer. It may actually improve. Same thing with Hawkeye.
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1:32PM on 03/04/2014
Couldn't agree more. Still laugh thinking about final scenes in Avengers with the two of them battling the baddies, her using a gun or her hands, Hawkeye using an infinite supply of arrows. I'm not a big comic book guy but there Has to be some other characters that could take their place.
Couldn't agree more. Still laugh thinking about final scenes in Avengers with the two of them battling the baddies, her using a gun or her hands, Hawkeye using an infinite supply of arrows. I'm not a big comic book guy but there Has to be some other characters that could take their place.
1:02PM on 03/04/2014
"Natasha is a huge part of the sequel because--"

Because it's being written by Joss Whedon and Joss Whedon has a mangina.
"Natasha is a huge part of the sequel because--"

Because it's being written by Joss Whedon and Joss Whedon has a mangina.
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12:16PM on 03/04/2014
How can she be so selfish?! I mean wow!



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How can she be so selfish?! I mean wow!



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6:34PM on 03/04/2014
You, obviously, mean, selfish to the point she didn't let you be the father, right ?!
You, obviously, mean, selfish to the point she didn't let you be the father, right ?!
12:08PM on 03/04/2014

Maybe they'll recast her with Emily Blunt, who can act.

Because if she's FIVE months pregnant already, and you won't start shooting with her for ANOTHER month ... she might not be full on baby-bumpin' at that point, but 6 months pregnant is pretty damn far out.
Because if she's FIVE months pregnant already, and you won't start shooting with her for ANOTHER month ... she might not be full on baby-bumpin' at that point, but 6 months pregnant is pretty damn far out.
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11:58AM on 03/04/2014

Congratulations, Scarlett Johansson!

Yes, it sucks that we won't be seeing as much of her in the skin-tight suit, but maybe it'll give Maria HIll or Hawkeye a little more screen time.
Yes, it sucks that we won't be seeing as much of her in the skin-tight suit, but maybe it'll give Maria HIll or Hawkeye a little more screen time.
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11:44AM on 03/04/2014

Terrible timing...

I hate to be selfish, but this pregnancy was ill-timed and will fuck up any chances of late reshoots. Great, now they're gonna have to shoot around her baby bump, which is always lame.
I'm happy for Scar-Jo, but I'm sad for Black Widow. If that makes any sense...
I hate to be selfish, but this pregnancy was ill-timed and will fuck up any chances of late reshoots. Great, now they're gonna have to shoot around her baby bump, which is always lame.
I'm happy for Scar-Jo, but I'm sad for Black Widow. If that makes any sense...
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11:38AM on 03/04/2014
Congrats, Ms. Johansson!
Congrats, Ms. Johansson!
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11:36AM on 03/04/2014
I have to agree with everyone else below. I enjoy her character and she plays the part well, but hopefully this means more screen time and purpose for Hawkeye. He's too cool and great of a character not to use more and he is played by one of the best actors working today, Jeremy Renner.
I have to agree with everyone else below. I enjoy her character and she plays the part well, but hopefully this means more screen time and purpose for Hawkeye. He's too cool and great of a character not to use more and he is played by one of the best actors working today, Jeremy Renner.
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2:06PM on 03/04/2014
Best actors working today? Classic stuff!
Best actors working today? Classic stuff!
11:32AM on 03/04/2014

Awesome

Her juggs are gonna be HUGE!
Her juggs are gonna be HUGE!
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5:15PM on 03/04/2014
I wish I could give this more than just one "thumbs up."
I wish I could give this more than just one "thumbs up."
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11:32AM on 03/04/2014

this is... good news

I mean I imagine this means her role will be reduced in Age of Ultron, certainly she won't be able to do a lot if any action scenes being pregnant and all. Stunt doubles can only do so much. It's good news because I think that all of that space carved out in AoU for Black Widow can now be divided between Widow and Hawkeye, and Hawkeye can get his MUCH needed screentime (seriously why does Black Widow have a huge role in Cap 2 and Avengers 2... and a solid role in Iron Man 2, yet Hawkeye had a
I mean I imagine this means her role will be reduced in Age of Ultron, certainly she won't be able to do a lot if any action scenes being pregnant and all. Stunt doubles can only do so much. It's good news because I think that all of that space carved out in AoU for Black Widow can now be divided between Widow and Hawkeye, and Hawkeye can get his MUCH needed screentime (seriously why does Black Widow have a huge role in Cap 2 and Avengers 2... and a solid role in Iron Man 2, yet Hawkeye had a blink and you'll miss it cameo in the original Thor and a small role in The Avengers? Doesn't make sense). Hawkeye really needs some development, some more on his origin, his personality, and what makes his relationship with Black Widow so special. They need their own movie, telling both of their origins, but if we can't get that then I hope they can delve into it a bit in AoU at the very least, especially for Hawkeye's sake.
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11:24AM on 03/04/2014
So what about Jermey Renners' Hawkeye? How big will his role be? Out of all the characters, his is the one that is almost getting the "Cyclops" treatment. He isn't my favorite character, but I like him enough to want him to have a more important role in the films.
So what about Jermey Renners' Hawkeye? How big will his role be? Out of all the characters, his is the one that is almost getting the "Cyclops" treatment. He isn't my favorite character, but I like him enough to want him to have a more important role in the films.
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