Emily Blunt Talks ‘Avengers’, Scar Jo’s Black Widow, Marvel & Superhero Movies

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:00 pm,

We sat down at Comic-Con 2012 to talk to actress Emily Blunt about her role in director Rian Johnson’s time-travel hitman movie, Looper - but it being the ‘Con and all, conversation inevitably turned to the subject of superheroes and the superhero movie genre.

Fanboys will be the ones to tell you: Blunt almost had a big role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as she was at one time up for the role of Black Widow, the femme-fatale super-spy who was a breakout favorite of Joss Whedon’s Avengers movie. I talked to Blunt about her feelings regarding the Black Widow, actress Scarlett Johansson’s performance in Avengers, and her interest in possible future superhero roles. Read on for the interview.

On her impression of Black Widow, as written by Joss Whedon in The Avengers:

Emily Blunt: I really loved ‘Avengers!’

Screen Rant: Were you upset that you didn’t get to play the role when you saw the film?

EB: No! No… because I really never get like that, and I’m never regretful about not doing something; I didn’t do it at the time because it wasn’t the right time and I was contracted to do something else. But Scarlett [Johansson] has done such a phenomenal job – she’s it! Like why even reminisce about what could’ve been? She’s it and she nailed it and I love ‘The Avengers,’ I really found it to be really good fun.

Would you still consider playing a different superhero role?

Yeah! It would just have to be the right kind of part – the right part, the right moment, and all of that.

For those who are good at connecting dots: Blunt is married to The Office star John Krasinski – an actor who was also in the running for Marvel’s Avengers lineup, playing the role of Captain America. Krasinski was passed over in the final rounds of casting, and the part ultimately went to Chris Evans; Blunt herself was also considered to star in Captain America: The First Avenger, but she passed on it and  the role of Peggy Carter ultimately went to actress Hayley Atwell.

I jokingly asked Blunt if she would still work with Marvel (as opposed to say, playing a character in the DC Movie Universe), even though they passed over her hubby for Captain America – but there didn’t seem to be any hard feelings in that area:

 Yeah of course! Marvel is doing it great! Yeah, yeah, for sure!


Be sure to check back for more on our interview with Emily Blunt, and our Comic-Con coverage of her new movie Looper, in theaters on September 28, 2012.

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  1. did you ask her anything about all you need is kill with cruise??

  2. She’s got the looks, but I haven’t really seen any of her movies where her acting performance was that good (if anybody can recommend a good Emily Blunt flick, I’d be happy to give it a shot).

    But in any case, after seeing The Avengers, I’m glad Johansson got the part. She was brilliant (one or two unnecessary one-liners that should have been left out, but for like 90% of the film, she was just great)

    • She’s great in The Adjustment Bureau and The Devil Wears Prada.

      • I’ve seen ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, and I have to disagree.
        She was pretty much just a supporting character in that movie and quite forgettable IMO.

        • Boudica
          Henry VIII
          Sunshine Cleaning
          The Wolfman
          And supposedly Looper

          BTW Her Devils Wear Prada was her mainstream break out role. Got her a lot more gigs. Quite the opposite of forgettable lol

        • I actually liked her character in the devil wears prada. Forgettable? Hardly.

  3. I really wish Emily Blunt wasn’t contractually obligated to star in another studio’s film (Gulliver’s Travels) and there was no way for her to get out of that contract. Then she could have taken the Black Widow role in Iron Man 2 & on to Avengers. Blunt > Johansson any second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade, century, millennium… Johnson was alright but Blunt has that ‘it’ factor & completely blows ScarJo out of the water…

  4. So were they going to recast the role for the avengers or is this going back to IM2 when black widow first made her appearance. Cause if they were gonna recast then I would have to admit, that would have been really dumb

    • Talking Iron Man 2, Blunt couldn’t do it due to being under contract for Gulliver’s Travels.

  5. Talking about IM2. They were not going to recast Black Widow once ScarJo took the role in IM2 but too bad Blunt could not have taken the role from the beginning.

  6. Blunt for Wasp…. or Scarlett Witch?

  7. she’s wrong for wasp, scarlett witch or mrs marvel maybe…

    • Yvonne Strahovski for Ms Marvel!
      That is all.

      • Agreed, plus Black Canary or Power Girl.

  8. I’ve been saying it for years, she needs to be Spider-Woman (although her character’s rights are probably elsewhere)

  9. Emily Blunt possesses a rarified elegant sex appeal. To be blunt, Emily is hot.

    • lol I like that ;)

  10. Mos def Scarlett Witch, and David Tennant as Pietro/quicksilver!

    • dude when u type Mos Def all im thinking of actor/rapper Mos Def LOL

      • Maybe the actor/rapper formerly known as mos def could play Scarlett Witch. lol

  11. Scarlett Johansson was terrible in the Avengers.

    • I haven’t liked her as Widow yet but she shore gotta purty mouth :p

      I agree with Sawyer that The Hulk was the true breakout character in the Avengers :)

      • I loved Thor’s reaction when was sucker punch by Hulk. Gina Carano for She Hulk.

  12. black widow was ‘A’ breakout character. ‘THE’ breakout character was hulk.

    And black widow was only well liked because of the writing, not at all because johansson did a good job acting out the character. If you look at interviews you can see that the c*** never picked up a comic book to read what the character and her story is like. Nor did Renner. That is why those two had the worst performance in the film.

    • What a crappy thing to say Sawyer calling a woman that word. Your life and self esteem must be in the gutter…

    • Wow.
      Sooo, just because an actor has an (arguably) weak performance in a CBM, it means that he/she never read the source material?
      Sure ;)
      You do realize that Renner is actually a huge comic book fan right? (It’s one of the reasons he got the part in the first place)
      And ScarJo CAMPAIGNED for the role of Black Widow. She read the comic books, did the training and worked really hard to get the part.

      Seriously man, you should feel ashamed for calling a woman by that terrible word…

  13. Emily Blunt should be offered Wonder Woman. WW and Catwoman are the best female roles in CBM. Blunt is too talented to be wasted on 2nd and 3rd tier Marvel side characters.

  14. ScarJo was awesome, and Blunt is right.

    “Like why even reminisce about what could’ve been? She’s it and she nailed it and I love ‘The Avengers,’ I really found it to be really good fun.”

  15. Shes a method actor. The reason she didnt take the Black Widow role was because it was poorly written.

  16. If a great script came along, she make a good Scarlett With for X-Men or Avengers IMO

  17. SO,,,Gulliver’s Travel’s was a masterpiece right?..riiiigghht.. Actors do multple films all the time,thats why you may see an actor in two
    or three films in the same year. That’s what a good booking Agent and Manager is for. Her role in Iron Man 2 was prepped for an intro to the character NOT MAJOR and time consuming,so by the time Avengers came around, audiences would have an ide of who she was. I bet she is kicking herself in the arse like I said months ago on here. I’m sure Marvel informed her or her agents about how Black Widow’s exposure would get bigger and future installments which means more work $$$, exposure and possibly her own franchise. She just didn’t want either role that’s all. Any actor who has been in the Avengers, now have a hell of a resume piece to add on and possibly potential for more work and demand.She’d be good as S.H.I.E.L.D agent Jessica Drew aka Spider Woman or Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch. But if I was a Marvel exec, I leave her pretentious arse alone at this point.

    • Yea I wouldn’t say that. Blunt had 7 or 8 movies that premiered in 2011-2012. I think her decision to pass on Black Widow’s role was a correct one. She’s one of the most talented and versatile actress there is at this current moment. It’s not wise to spend the time for a 20-30 minute as a less-than-supporting-actress role.

      And I can’t stress this enough, she had other movies to take care of. No wait, I already mentioned that. If I was you, I’d google before I leave her “pretentious arse” alone. With all due respect sir.

  18. Do you want to know the identity of the model used for the most recent artists rendition of Marvel’s Black Widow? She is 21, athletic, strong, talented, and a real super hero