Is Black Widow a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent in Iron Man 2?

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iron man 2 scarlett johansson as black widow Is Black Widow a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent in Iron Man 2?

While the title of this post is certainly no surprise to fans who know anything about the character of Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), what we weren’t sure on is whether or not she’d be a part of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Iron Man 2 specifically.

From the latest trailer for Iron Man 2, there is a hint that we’ll be seeing Scarlett Johansson’s Russian super spy join the side of good and work for Nick Fury and The Avengers during the story of this movie.

Warning: If you’re not familiar with the history of Black Widow from Marvel Comics, some of this may act as a plot spoiler for Iron Man 2.

In the books, Natasha Romanoff is initially an enemy of Iron Man (her first mission in the US involved her assassinating him) but defects to the United States from the Soviet Union. She starts with freelance work for S.H.I.E.L.D., the organization introduced in the first Iron Man movie and led by Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury character. Eventually, she becomes a full-fledged agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and works alongside The Avengers.

On the movie side of things, we’re led to believe it will happen in a similar way and from what Marvel President of Production, Kevin Feige, mentioned about possible characters in The Avengers back in July, Black Widow will no doubt have an appearance in that movie among others that are coming out from Marvel Studios.

“I think we know. I think it’s going to be Iron Man and Thor, Captain America and Nick Fury. I think it’s safe to assume that there will be some members of the Hulk universe in the film as well. In terms of the additional I think Black Widow, sure. The SHIELD organization for sure. What’s exciting, for me, about The Avengers movie is seeing those four characters interact with each other. I think anywhere from the first issues of The Avengers to Civil War the dynamic between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark is just awesome, it’s fascinating. It brings out sides in others that won’t be brought out in the other franchises. Going forward with the mix is a whole other thing, I think it will be cool. So to pile on another 15 or 10, frankly more than four would be too many.”

After all, Mrs. Reynolds has a multi-picture contract with Marvel Studios and is interested in doing many more movies, even a solo spin-off if it ever came to be (although it won’t). Check out our post on the future of Black Widow for more on that.

Getting back to the character, Black Widow’s history and stories in the books directly involve the Crimson Dynamo armor, something we’ve heard a lot of speculation about in regards to Iron Man 2 as well as the character of Hawkeye, who has also been rumored about for a long time, more recently with Jeremy Renner as a potential candidate to play the character.

If the what what we see in the following image is actually what we think it is, then the defection of Black Widow to join Fury and the beginnings of the large and powerful S.H.I.E.L.D. organization as we know it from the Marvel Universe are coming to fruition in Iron Man 2, leading nicely into the upcoming Marvel movies.

black widow shield agent iron man 2 Is Black Widow a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent in Iron Man 2?

Note that the emblem on her arm was not present in the previous images we saw, as seen in the header at the top of this article. I guess they just throw on a patch when she signs up and she keeps the tight leather outfit.

Will Scarlett Johansson bring a good Russian accent for the character? Will we see a cameo or hint of Hawkeye? Will the Crimson Dynamo armor be featured in the movie as an upgrade for Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash suit?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Stay tuned for more from your #1 source for Iron Man news, Screen Rant!

Iron Man 2 opens on May 7, 2010.

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  1. I thought this was already stated.

  2. Where?

  3. Seemed fairly obvious to me. Or is this just an excuse to put up a pic Scarlett Johansen? That is fine and dandy with me!

  4. lol now things r getting excited for me

    i would really really love to see Hawkeye in this movie….maybe in the background fiddling with his bow….awww man i cant wait

  5. Well they are also taking some stuff from the “Ultimate” universe (African American Fury) so:

    After Hawkeye and the Widow led the successful extermination of over five hundred Chitauri extraterrestrial subversives, the duo was promoted to the ranks of the Ultimates, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s celebrity super-agents, with newly falsified personal backgrounds. Alongside the Ultimates, Black Widow helped save Earth from a Chitauri plot. She and teammate Iron Man (wealthy playboy genius Tony Stark) became lovers during the struggle, and later began dating seriously, despite Natasha’s mutually hostile relationship with Stark’s caustic butler, Edwin Jarvis.

    Giving Natasha the female equivalent of his Iron Man battle armor, Stark asked her to marry him and she said yes; however, the bloody massacre of Clint Barton’s entire family by a secret traitor within the Ultimates cast a pall over Tony and Natashas’ wedding preparations.

    While in bed with Tony on the morning of the Liberators’ attack, Natasha pulled a gun from under her pillow and killed Jarvis, and then proceeded to point the weapon at Tony. Tony then proceeded to activate the nanites in her bloodstream (the ones that allowed her to control her armor), paralyzing her, and then struck her in the head with a champagne bottle.

    After the Ultimates defeated Loki and the Liberators, Natasha was seen recovering in a nearby hospital. However, as soon as she woke up, Hawkeye entered, and killed her, finally getting revenge for the murder of his wife and kids.

  6. In terms of the Russian accent, it’s fair to say that she initially wouldn’t have one amongst those she’s trying to fool such as Stark and co. but in action and conversing with her Russian comrades, she either needs to be speaking Russian or speaking English with a Russian accent. It would be too easy for Johannson to cheat or try to get away with not having to learn some Russian or the accent, her NOT EVER needing to, would be a copout and would reflect that she too lazy or just isn’t skilled enough to do it. Even though Whiplash isn’t a spy, Mickey Rourke still learned the accent and it sounds pretty authentic so far. It would only be right and fair that Black Widow would do the same in certain parts of the movie.

  7. Captain America starting production in June to me means they’ve already cast the actor who’s going to play as Steve Rogers.

  8. @ ulik

    It does seem unlikely that a movie would be progressing so quickly without its lead already cast, but it does happen, Chris Pine was chosen very late into the production of Star Trek.

  9. This was mentioned weeks ago by several sites (including IGN) when the IM2 trailer first came out, along with other noticable things like his triangular chestplate etc.

  10. yeah she is

  11. “After all, Mrs. Reynolds has a multi-picture contract with Marvel Studios and is interested in doing many more movies, even a solo spin-off if it ever came to be (although it won’t). Check out our post on the future of Black Widow for more on that.”

    Who is Mrs. Reynolds?

  12. @ dannyboy

    Scarlett Johansson is married to Ryan Reynolds, hence Mrs. Reynolds.

  13. Packy is correct. I suppose I should’ve put that in brackets.

  14. Spoiler Alert:

    Tony Stark is Iron Man!

    Jk :)

  15. it wouldnt really be an avengers movie if there where only 3 or 4 MAIN avengers, you need to have the whole group otherwise its nothing but fancy stars playing along side each other.

    i think th villain might be “the leader” from the hulk universe, as in the end of the new hulk (before the “big fight”) we see that professor guy have chemicals drip onto his head, then his head starts deforming, but we’re quickly cut to the fight.
    other then that i dont see anyone else from the hulk universe being in avengers (maybe banner for a few secs)

  16. WHAT??!!! Tony Stark is Iron Man??!! I would have never guessed! I suppose now you’re going to tell me that playboy Bruce Wayne is actually Batman?! Some people! :-D

  17. I would love to see a Hawkeye cameo!! I want something unexpected and surprising like Nick Fury’s cameo after the credits in the first film!! I want something that gives me goosebumps and leaves me hungry for more. You know what I mean hahaha I don’t have to explain it. Every comic book/superhero nerd feels the same way as I do.

  18. From the trailer, she can be seen standing behind Rhodey. I assumed that she is the one that gets him the Mark II armor.

  19. @John “Kahless” Taylor

    Apparently mild mannered reporter Clark Kent is actually Superman, the last son of Krypton! Who da thunk it?

  20. The Avengers comprise Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk. Nick Fury is in charge of SHIELD and starts the Avengers by convincing all of them to work as a team, but he isnt an Avenger.

    Why has Kevin Feige avoided naming Bruce Banner and instead said “some elements of the Hulk universe”?

    Has Edward Norton refused to play Hulk in the Avengers?

  21. A COMPLETE Avengers line is Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Giant-Man, and Wasp.

  22. It just kills me that S.Jackson is playing Fury! I guess the young kids'll like it. Bad call. His acting is basically yelling at people and belittling them. Fury was a man that was looked up to, not a militant. By the way I'm black, so this is'nt racial.

  23. It just kills me that S.Jackson is playing Fury! I guess the young kids'll like it. Bad call. His acting is basically yelling at people and belittling them. Fury was a man that was looked up to, not a militant. By the way I'm black, so this is'nt racial.

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