One interesting development set to take place in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War film centers on the nature of Cap’s (Chris Evans) relationship with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). While the two characters have been close in past films, even developing a good working partnership in the latest Captain America movie, Civil War has Natasha Romanoff fighting against Steve Rogers as she joins Iron Man’s (Robert Downey Jr.) team. Why the sudden change of heart?
According to Screen Crush, Johansson recently discussed her character’s new developments and stated that Black Widow will act as more of a mediator between the two sides and doesn’t view the conflict in terms of who is right.
“I think she understands where everyone is coming from. And none of it really matters to her, you know? There’s a bigger problem at hand and she’s, I think, strangely, kind of the mediator,” the actress explained. “Which is not exactly how you would imagine her to be. But I think she really does see both sides of the coin and I think her strength is that she’s not personally involved.”
Whether or not Romanoff is successful in her attempts to mediate the issues that led to the superheroes fighting each other is yet to be seen. In the meantime, Johansson admitted that playing a character that is complex is something that she enjoys. She is also glad fans have expressed their concern about her character’s latest developments.
“You know, I’m happy that people scrutinize the Widow’s storylines and care about it and are invested. I’d much rather it be like that than have a kind of ‘meh’ reaction. For me to have people say that would be, ouch, you know?” Johansson explained. “Everything that I’ve done with the Widow, to me makes sense. It’s in line with active decisions that I’ve made for the character.”
Meanwhile, apart from the developments on the Captain American and Black Widow front, there have been rumors circulating that one character will not be included in Captain America: Civil War. According to Movie Pilot, producers have decided to exclude Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), aka The Hulk, from appearing in Civil War. Although the movie is set to feature a plethora of superheroes, this is sure to come as a disappointment for many fans.
Apparently, the main reason why The Hulk will not make an appearance in the film is because of his ability to pretty much take on anyone and win. Ultimately, not only would this give one side an unfair advantage, but it could be potentially dangerous for whomever The Hulk sets his sights on. This was echoed in a recent statement by Christopher Markus, one of the screenwriters for the new movie.
“You put those guys in a fight, it’s over quickly. It’s like, ‘Well, we have the Hulk on our side.’ Oh, fine, then,” Markus told Entertainment Weekly.
Clearly, whichever side Banner chose to align himself with would have too great of an advantage, which is why the character will be excluded from the film. This was seen in the first Avenger’s film, as The Hulk was seen to be one the same level as the entirety of Loki’s army.
While The Hulk might not be making a cameo in Civil War, fans might catch a glimpse of the character in the upcoming movie, Thor: Ragnarok. That being said, it is not known what role Banner might play in the film, which will arrive sometime in 2017.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to open in theaters on May 6, 2016.
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