Due to her involvement in the upcoming sequel to Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson has been through an interesting ride up to this point, and we’re still nine months away from the movie’s release.

It all started with some negative reaction at her being cast into the role of the red-haired, slim-fit Russian spy, but after some pictures surfaced of her sporting a new look and reports of her working out for the role, heads were starting to turn in the right direction. Then the first images of her in costume made their way online and they were also received in a positive light helping solidify director Jon Favreau’s decision to give her the role.

Like all of the other contracts we’ve seen actors sign for with Marvel Studios, Scarlett has a multi-picture deal that could bring her and her Russian alter ego back for a couple more movies if Iron Man 2 does well and her character is liked by the fans.

From the footage we saw at the San Diego Comic-Con Iron Man 2 panel, we got a little glimpse of her in action and that seemed fine, but the deciding point for most folks will be how she pulls off the Russian accent which is essential for the character.

So, where could we see her again after Iron Man 2? Iron Man 3 is an obvious choice but there have also been rumblings of her having a part in the most ambitious comic book movie ever, The Avengers.

Screen Rant master Vic was in a group interview with Marvel President of Production, Kevin Feige, in San Diego and he mentioned her as a likely name attached to The Avengers project along with Nick Fury and the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization.

As for the pretty lady playing Natasha Romanoff, Scarlett spoke with Ireland On-Line and openly admitted her desires for more parts in the other Marvel blockbusters in development, and was fond of the idea of a spin-off for Black Widow if fans support her and enjoy her character.

“I hope I get to come back and do it again… The character certainly comes back. We see that she does in the comics and certainly she is a big part of The Avengers. I don’t know if that is where it’s going to go but she is definitely a big part of The Avengers.”

My easy bet is that she’ll definitely be a part of The Avengers. Heck, if Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier has his way, Scarlett will be in four Avengers movies. Speaking of which, The Hulk is a character we really need in the movie. I hope we don’t get a team consisting only of Iron Man, Cap, Thor, Fury, Black Widow and have no big green dude to play with. I would be very disappointed.

I doubt there will be a Black Widow solo film though. There’s too many sequels that will be coming out to the current films and a bunch of other heavily desired characters who need their own films first. One of which is an Iron Fist/Luke Cage team-up film based on the Heroes for Hire comic. That’s something I definitely want to see.

Scarlett also interviewed with CanMag about her character, describing the two vastly different sides she gets to explore in Iron Man 2.

“I think that the character is sort of a shape shifter… It was sort of like playing two different characters. One character is more kind of mysterious, I don’t want to say submissive, but she’s blending in with the crowd I suppose. The other part of this character is someone who is assertive and knows their sh*t. She’s able to just say, ‘I’m going to fight this head on.’ For me, being able to have that kind of feeling, being able to be competent enough to sell it, that this is somebody who is going to kick some ass and don’t for a second doubt that she’s going to follow through with the punch. It was a challenge for me but Jon [Favreau] was incredible. He really supported me with this.”

She also spoke a bit about working with Marvel Studios on a massive project, but more than that, signing up with a multi-picture contract that may allow her to be a part of Marvel’s future stories.

“I think as an actor, I think certainly in this particular situation, and I know that Robert [Downey Jr]. has had this, you kind of become invested in these films as much as the studio is and you’re able to develop your character with the studio and have a lot of input in that sense. So to me that’s exciting because rarely as an actor do we get to take it to that level. We see a beginning, a middle and an end hopefully and then one two or so segment and then you’re done with it. But, for me to be able to build something and to think about this, especially a character that’s had so many different kinds of histories and paths, to think about where she might go and where we kind of find out more about her, I feel like that’s something that you invest yourself in and work for.”

As for the movies actually in development, I’m still holding out hope on the Hulk front and will be looking for Ed Norton having a small cameo in Iron Man 2 (and maybe Chris Hemsworth too!) and him coming back for The Avengers. As for Black Widow, look out for her as Iron Man 2 kicks off next summer, opening May 7, 2010.

What do you think of Natasha Romanoff’s feature film future?

Source: Ireland On-Line, CanMag