Scarlett Johansson Praises ‘Dark’ and ‘Cerebral’ Script for ‘The Avengers 2′

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Scarlett johansson Avengers 2 Script Scarlett Johansson Praises Dark and Cerebral Script for The Avengers 2

It won’t be easy for Joss Whedon to top the success of The Avengers with the film’s 2015 sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron. But if he’s going to do it, it’s going to start with a great script.

Fortunately, early indications are that the fan favorite writer-director has delivered (at least if you listen to one of the stars of the movie). In a recent interview, Scarlett Johansson (a.k.a. Black Widow) praised the script, calling it “dark” and “cerebral.”

Speaking with Parade Magazine (via, Johansson said the script for the sequel “feels like the next installment” as opposed to a rehashing.

“I think the script is dark and it’s dry, it’s got this amazing one-liner, glass-cutting sense of humor. Obviously the script is very cerebral. It doesn’t lose that exciting comic book aspect that people enjoyed in the first film, but it’s smart and it feels like the next installment. It doesn’t feel like a rehashing, it feels like these characters are moving forward, plotlines are moving forward. It’s deep and I think that’s why people really respond to the Marvel universe, because the films are fun and exciting and have all that flashy stuff, but there’s a gravity to them. People can expect that gravity this time around.”

While the word “dark” is often thrown around for comic book movies (it’s almost become a shorthand way of giving them more credibility), there’s some nuance to Johansson’s comments that’s interesting. It doesn’t sound like Whedon’s script is “dark” just for the sake of being serious, but rather because it advances the characters in an organic way.

Joss Whedon Avengers Age of Ultron Scarlett Johansson Praises Dark and Cerebral Script for The Avengers 2

We know that the events of the first film impacted our heroes significantly and we’ve already seen how for some of them in Iron Man 3 and Thor 2. Whether they realized it or not, when the Avengers assembled, they stepped into something bigger than they could have planned. As Whedon explained last year, the creation of the team is not the happy ending.

“It is the beginning of something that is complex and difficult, and now I get to dig a little deeper. And maybe, while I’m digging, just twist that knife. And that’s exciting for me.”

Good sequels have a way of upping the stakes. Perhaps the greatest example is The Empire Strikes Back. By the end, Luke learns his father is his archenemy and gets his own hand cut off. Plus, Han Solo ends up frozen in carbonite. Now that’s dark.

By crafting a script that truly tests The Avengers, Whedon will give audiences more than just a bunch of action setpieces, but a story that allows us to make more meaningful connections with the characters. And in this writer’s opinion, that’s what it will take to top the first film.

What do you think of ScarJo’s comments? Does a “dark” and “cerebral” script sound good to you for Avengers 2?


The Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1st, 2015.

Source: Parade (via

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  1. If they’re gonna kill a character it’ll have to be a MAJOR character – so not Hawkeye, BW, etc.

    If I was to gander a guess, Cap will be the one snuffed in Avengers 2.
    He’s a major character and his death will be significant and shattering.

    It could work because I doubt there will be a CA3 in Phase III.
    This coupled with the fact that the character will have most of his unresolved plot lines resolved (with the exception possibly of Red Skull) in CA2.

    • They won’t kill Captain America in the Avengers to further the story. it would be like killing the president of the USA to further America. Especially if you read comics. He is the founder and leader of the Avengers. Don’t think Joss will go that way..

      • They did kill Cap in the comics, albeit briefly…

  2. Thor should die and wake up in hel in thor 3 besides it would offer an origin story for Beta Ray Bill(by making mjonir seek a worthy holder across the galaxy/lantern ring style)

    • Good idea…

  3. Iron man is the great in avengers.please make him the leader of avengers.

  4. pongada nayyaaaaaaaaaaa.iron man dha getthu panni arruma madu kunjingalla

  5. To kill Captain would be to cripple the team as a whole. He is their leader and no one else stepped up to show leadership skills. Tony did not show any type of battle skills or any type of social skills to keep the team together. I would kill Ironman and bring in Iron Patriot. Then you could think about killing Black Widow or Nick Fury that would mean something to the team. Don’t kill Thor or Hulk their your power houses, Captain is you leader, Hawk Eye wouldn’t mean anything, and all that leave is Ironman.

  6. Captain America-The Leader of the Team seeing how he stepped up at the end of Avengers to lead to team to stopping Loki and giving Stark the “Sacrafice Play” I think the team as a whole would suffer with the loss of Captain America. Who would lead the team instead of Captain? Don’t tell me Tony Stark I haven’t seen much from him to prove he Avengers.

    Ironman-I like Iron Patriot more as more of a team player, however Starks smarts is what makes him a key member of the team. Not really known for battle tac but he can help gear and such. I know some might come back with well “in the comics” Well in the movies he has shown he is a crapy leader.

    Thor-He is one of their most powerful team members and if the Hulk goes all batsy crazy they need Thor. Plus Thor is the only team member who uses magic at this point. I think it wouldn’t be smart to kill off Thor unless you add someone to replace him.

    Hulk-If you’re adding Ant-Man to the mix then why not, but one question can you even kill Hulk?

    Black Widow-She shouldn’t die unless you add more female member to the team.

    HawkEye-Kill Him!!

    Fury-Kill Him!!