This Actress Was Supposed to Play MCU’s ‘Black Widow’ Instead of Scarlett Johansson

by Jeremy Spirogis
This Actress Was Supposed to Play MCU’s ‘Black Widow’ Instead of Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson is certainly one of today’s hottest stars, largely partially attributable to her portrayal because the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Black Widow. Now that she’s made the character her personal, it’s exhausting to think about anybody else within the notorious position. Yet movie execs had initially provided the half to this actress earlier than Johansson.

Scarlett Johansson | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Had to move on ‘Iron Man 2’

Emily Blunt was a rising star when she nailed the position of the snippy, worn-out first assistant to Meryl Streep within the 2006 movie The Devil Wears Prada. While the movie was a success and put her on the map, Vulture experiences that her contract negotiations when taking the half ended up stopping her from accepting the prize position of Black Widow.

Blunt’s contract for Fox’s The Devil Wears Prada required her to make her subsequent movie at Fox, which means she needed to take a co-starring position within the Fox movie Gulliver’s Travels, which tanked on the field workplace. That’s when Scarlett Johansson was sought out for Iron Man 2, the place Black Widow made her debut.

Bad timing

Not solely was Blunt provided the position of Black Widow, however she additionally had a shot at enjoying Peggy Carter in Marvel’s Captain America (the position ended up going to Hayley Atwell). While most actresses would mourn having to move up such prime characters in a blockbuster franchise, Blunt chalked it as much as scheduling conflicts.

Emily Blunt | Erica Price/WireImage

“It was never the right time, really, and it just didn’t work out scheduling-wise with those two,” Blunt informed Vulture in 2014. “It’s always a difficult thing to talk about, because it’s not fair to the actresses who ended up playing them, you know? It just wasn’t the right time.”

Got ‘A Quiet Place’ as a substitute of Superhero standing

Blunt just lately labored on the field workplace hit A Quiet Place, starring with husband John Krasinski, who additionally directed the movie. The film obtained excessive reward from critics and drew a big fan base.

Ironically, Krasinski had tried out for the position of Captain America, which ultimately went to Chris Evans. Though each Krasinski and Blunt might have dipped their toes within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Krasinski feels that bypassing the superhero flicks opened the door for the couple to tackle greater tasks.

“It’s that zen factor of let life take you the place it might and I by no means would have been right here if I had gotten Captain America,” Krasinski mentioned final 12 months, in accordance with IndieWire. “I feel A Quiet Place undoubtedly wouldn’t exist.”

Despite her frustration on being locked into her contract which prohibited her from freely choosing her roles, Blunt agreed together with her husband that all of it labored out in her favor.

“I don’t think I would have been able to do a lot of projects that I’ve loved doing. I think that was a nerve-wracking prospect for me to not be able to choose, and the choices I have are often all I have, so you can’t really plan for anything else,” she mentioned. “You can’t predict what’s going to happen, what’s going to catch fire and what’s not, so if I make the choice for me, and not because I’m contracted, I think that’s an exciting prospect.”

Now with A Quiet Place 2 within the works plus a myriad of different roles for the superstar couple, Blunt and Krasinski are clearly doing simply advantageous regardless of not having their names connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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