AMERICAN actress Scarlett Johansson, best known for her portrayal of Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), expressed that a miraculous turn of events would be necessary for her to revisit the role of the superhero.
On a Monday segment of the Today show, the 38-year-old actress subtly touched upon rumours regarding her potential comeback to the MCU in her superhero persona while promoting her skincare line, The Outset.
Speaking to Savannah Guthrie, Johansson mentioned, “I think it was the end, right? She passed,” referring to the moment in Avengers: Endgame where Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) sacrifices herself to secure the Soul Stone from Thanos, ultimately saving the life of Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton (Hawkeye).
In her conversation with Guthrie, the actress humorously remarked, “It would be a miracle. It would be a real Marvel miracle. It would be a marvel. But who knows?”
Remaining enigmatic in a broader discussion with the show’s co-anchors, Johansson responded to Al Roker’s inquiry about the Marvel multiverse as a potential loophole.
“Is it like a vampire version of the character? ‘Cause I’m here for that. Or like a zombie version, maybe?” She joked, avoiding Roker’s direct question about whether Marvel Studios had approached her about reprising her role.
Having debuted as Black Widow in 2010’s Iron Man 2, Johansson continued to portray the character in subsequent films such as The Avengers (2012) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
Despite the character’s demise in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, Johansson reprised her iconic role in the 2021 standalone film Black Widow, set after the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016).
In July 2021, Johansson told Fatherly that she had no plans to return as Black Widow, expressing satisfaction with her character’s conclusion in Black Widow.
Despite this, she remained open to collaborating with Marvel in other capacities, expressing interest in exploring new storytelling possibilities within the Marvel universe and finding the genre’s reimagination intriguing.