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

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow 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.

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?

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Iron Man 2 opens on May 7, 2010.

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