‘The Avengers’ Video Interview; Black Widow Not in ‘Iron Man 3′ & Creating a Better Hulk

Published 3 years ago by , Updated May 5th, 2012 at 8:34 am,

In just under two weeks time director Joss Whedon’s comic book epic The Avengers will be released in theaters. A few short weeks after the U.S. opening of the long-awaited big screen depiction of The Avengers, Marvel’s next movie - Iron Man 3 - will go into production.

Though the cast of the next addition to the Tony Stark saga is filling up rather quickly with a bevy of notable and formidably talented actors, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow will not be joining the adventures on this one. The actress told us she would not be appearing in Iron Man 3 at the start of our interview with her and The Hulk himself, Mark Ruffalo, at The Avengers Los Angeles press event last week. Johansson did, however, pitch the idea of a Jason Bourne-esque super hero movie featuring the Black Widow character.

Without spoiling anything from the film, we can say that Whedon gives Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow a rich back-story in The Avengers and plenty to fill out the rather rough character sketch that Iron Man 2 provided. I can unequivocally say that I would love to see the Black Widow/Hawkeye film that The Avengers so deftly lays the foundation for.

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Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in 'The Avengers'

The Hulk was another great success in the film and we predict that Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner will be a fan-favorite once The Avengers has been released. The addition of the motion-capture technology to create The Hulk helps Ruffalo with his character’s superhuman counterpart in a way that we have not previously seen. Some fans were initially resistant to the recasting, but I believe they will ultimately be more than pleased with The Hulk that Whedon and Ruffalo have created. The actor even endured the embarrassment of the motion capture leotard in order to bring the SMASH more fully to life.

Though Kevin Feige has already discussed the next several films in the Marvel production pipeline it will be interesting to see if there are any further developments once The Avengers has been presented to audiences at large.

Please don’t post any major plot spoilers in the comments of our Avengers interview posts. If you want to chat about the film itself head over to our Avengers spoilers discussion.

The Avengers opens in theaters in the U.S. on May 4th.

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  1. Aww no black widow in iron man ah well still an awesome cast

  2. “The 10 year old frame of mind.” Love that.
    That struck me as just the perfect mindset.
    Adding Ruffalo’s charms of endearment and I
    am expecting something special for this HULK.

    Another great interview with distinctive style.
    Including your outfit. Verdict: Roth — SMASH!

    • Thank you very much sir :D! Appreciate it!


  4. i watched all the interviews linked to this one, and SLJ was great. when he said “it’s not about geekdom”, i half expected him to follow up with “it’s all about bad-assery” tom hiddleston’s interview was great. hell they were all great. i don’t know why they don’t all link to this article. i missed the part where scarjo said she won’t be in IM3. i wonder why the change? 10 days!

    • She did say it :) Maybe that will change, though. We’re putting up all the interviews in separate posts! Check em out and share!

  5. I would also love to see a SHIELD film, but nowhere near as much as TIH2 especially seeing how doctor Sterns was captured by SHIELD in the Marvel’s The Avengers: Fury’s Big Week

  6. Hope to see a sequel to Avengers after ironm,an3,thor2,captain america2, and hopefully Incredible Hulk 2 HULK SMASH!!!!. but other then these films im looking forward to seeing a Inhuman film,Namor, and a darker Fantastic four film with a tone more like the amazing spiderman,dark knight, and the x-men films.

  7. SO EXCITED!!!!! Only down side for the avengers Edward Norton not reprising his,role as BruceBanner. If they do a third Hulk movie is it with Norton or Ruffalo?

    • I loved Norton as Bruce Banner, but trust me, Mark Ruffalo is so much better. You don’t even notice Norton missing.

    • OMG Edward Norton!
      Edward Norton really made Bruce Banner actually decent, & The Incredible Hulk (2008) CGI was absolutely awesome, this crap The avengers CGI HULK looks the budget ran short & it’s a small step above Hulk (2003).
      I’m sorry but The Incredible Hulk (2008) was absolutely the best HULK.

      • The avengers CGI HULK is the second worst hulk i’ve seen.

        • I think you’re in the minority on that. I think this new Hulk looks the best (more like the comic).

        • The Avengers’ Hulk looks amazing!!
          So far there hasn’t been any negative comments (from people who’ve seen the movie) about Hulk and Banner — most of the critics even say they’re the ones who steal the show.

          • This is by far the best Hulk I’ve seen on the big screen so far Mark Ruffalo is great! The CGI Hulk is very believable without losing it’s comic book charm, and I didn’t even remember Norton.

      • Norton is a tool. The Avengers Hulk is BY FAR the best looking Hulk to date. It is only my opinion but I guarantee most fans will agree with me. Do the research on Norton and be glad he isnt back.

        • LOL.
          You’ll be saying the same exact thing when the next Hulk movie appears, & the next one & the next one.
          Anything new you’ll jump on the bandwagon & quickly disregard the previous version.

        • Oh & i don’t give crap about what edward norton does in his personal time or who he really is. I’m not going to read his autobiography, i’m not his neighbor i’m not his friend i’m not a fan. I like him in The Incredible Hulk 2008 & i like him as banner.
          It’s the job of the director to make him look less of an ass on screen & he did that in The Incredible Hulk 2008 so hats off to him.

    • If they do another Hulk movie it will be with Edward Norton not Mark Ruffalo.

  8. Disappointing movie. I’m not saying it was bad, just that it could have been a lot better. It’s still well worth the price of admission and I think I might even go for a second viewing (just don’t see it in 3D). Was the movie perfect? Far from it. Will I buy it on Blu-ray? Absolutely. 7/10 – (for comparisons sake)It’s better than “Iron Man 2″, but not as good as “Iron Man”. Basically if you like “Transformers 3″ then you’re going to love “The Avengers”. Enough said really.

    • I am not sure what this comment is supposed to accomplish. You give it 7 out of 10 but say its a disappointment and will probably go back again. For me a disappointing movie may get a 3 and never get a re watch. Im just saying.

      • Yeah. I was tossing up between a 6 or 7/10. But ultimately I decided that it did achieve what it was suppose to. I just mean it’s disappointing more in the sense that I thought it was going to be Marvel’s best film so far (as the hype suggested) but I’d still rank both “Iron Man” and “Thor” above this. Then again, I’m all for character driven films and “The Avengers” only accomplished this 50% of the time. The other 50% was put into the visual aspect of the film. Just my opinion though.

        • I agree with FilmCritic101. I expected it to be better since it was coming from Joss Whedon but it was not especially fun, dramatic, or compelling. I’d give it a 7 because it wasn’t abysmal but the directing and writing just wasn’t compelling and didn’t deliver the drama it should have. I would also say Thor, Iron Man and even Captain America were better films. You actually cared about the characters and they had some depth. In this one they were little more than caricatures. Not being able to give each character enough screen time hurt which is why I think a better director would have compensated for that and communicated more drama through their presentation. I’d also say Transformer 3 was more compelling and dramatic. With the exception of the Loki, Black Widow and Hawkeye character development, even with all of the big special effects scenes this movie felt largely contrived and relied on a few good moments to carry it. Except for two or three moments, all of the best moments are in the trailers. The big alien threat carried no weight either. They should have made it a 3 hour film and spent more time making the audience care or worry about the heroes.

  9. I don’t mind Scarlett not being in IM3, honestly she is not a very talented actress and never brings much to a role, so I am fine with that. The news of Jessica Chastain is really great, also love Ben K. and Guy P. Yes, get some great actors to play along Downey, this is what made the first Iron Man so great!

  10. there is no end credit scene btw, the ‘end credit scene’ starts right before the black screen credits (after the flashy pre-credit stuff). it sets the stage for avengers 2 and will make the most sense for deep marvel comic fans.

    i’m surprised at the amount of studios involved with special effects production, for the amount listed (well above 5) the effects weren’t as good as they could have been.

    pacing, action etc is all balanced, people crying about the 1st half of the movie being boring/slow dont understand anything about build up/character dev etc. the chemistry between everyone was really good but i felt that tony should have been less humorous.

    all in all a solid 4.5 out of 5 for me :)

  11. Has anyone heard anything about the Hulk TV movie by Guillermo Del Toro? Is that still happening?

  12. Sounds like Ruffalo & The Hulk are stealing the show in The Avengers – I like the guy & think he’ll do a great job – and if he does ( going to see it this coming Friday with my 13yr old son) surely Marvel must add another Hulk movie onto there list !

    • he’s more comedic in this one then he has been in the past 2 movies, he also shows more control over the hulk by not going nuts on any and everything. the special effects for the hulk are really neat to, they added facial and body hair to him to show that he is getting older. you won’t be disappointed and neither will your son (there is some swearing and some blood/death here and there but shouldn’t be a major issue):)

  13. Hm, I really thought Widow would be in IM3 (all the casting calls said she would)
    Anyway, before we see a SHILED movie, I’d definitely want to see Black Panther or Dr. Strange first…

  14. Joss Whedon is from Asgard. Yes that’s right he’s a f@cking GOD. Just saw Avengers…….(singing voice) AMAAAAZIIIIINNNNG. I’m now sporting a grin a mile wide. Now I won’t spoil it but there is a scene with Thor and Hulk that in my books will go down as the scene of the Century. When you see it you’ll say ahhhh yes that’s the scene that silly bugger on Screen Rant was raving on about….. Yeah he’s right definitely the scene of the Century. Lol

  15. Excellent interview, one of the best I’ve seen with them. Keep em coming SR, nice to see you’re getting in there :)

    • Thank you!

  16. I am kind of glad Black Widow isnt in IM3. Lets save her for a solo movie or a SHIELD movie, where the character belongs.

  17. Meh. Let’s save her for a different actress to play her.

  18. This Avengers movie will rock the casbah! Hopefully the first of many more. In the meantime, let’s see Mandarin in Iron Man 3, and for avengers #2, let’s see heroes Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Wasp, & Goliath (Hank Pym: blue/yellow cool costume). And how about for baddies Skrulls, Thanos, Ultron, Kang, & Mandarin? Please!?

  19. This interviewer is awesome, her intuition, and questions based on research and thought process are the best in the business. Love, love, love her.

    • Thank you SOOO much! That means a lot :D! Positive feedback is sooo appreciated!



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