Scarlett Johannson
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Scarlett Johannson is speaking out about the long-simmering Black Widow movie after a report surfaced that Marvel Studios had hired a screenwriter. In an interview with Variety, the actor spoke about her original pursuit of the role and the trajectory from Iron Man 2 co-star to (hopeful) standalone movie star.

"I would like for it to happen under the right circumstances," Johannson said. "I think there’s a lot of opportunity to mine that storyline. She’s got a really rich origins story. There’s a lot of places you can go - you can bring it back to Russia. You could explore the Widow program. There’s all kinds of stuff that you could do with it. You could really uncover the identity of who this person is, where she comes from and where she’s part of."

When asked if it would be a prequel to her modern-day stories or something looking ahead, the actor said both are options.

"It’s a possibility. There’s plenty of back story. Or not. It could be something else," said Johannson. "Where do the Avengers go? They are underground. What happens then? What happens after it all falls apart? There are so many ways you can go. I think it would just have to be very much like its own specific thing. It would have to have its own specific vibe. It would have been totally different than any of the other standalone films. I think if the fans wanted it enough, then it would probably become a reality."

Johannson re-itterated previous statements that while she is interested in a Black Widow movie, there is a limited time before she no longer wants to wear "a skin-tight catsuit."

"If I did it, I’d have to do it while I still actually wanted to wear a skin-tight catsuit. I don’t know how much longer that’s going to be," the actor admitted.

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