Since the Marvel Cinematic Universe exploded into the juggernaut it is today, fans have been wondering how things could have gone had other actors been cast in the roles of the world's biggest superheroes. There were plenty of "almosts" when it comes to MCU castings, including Scarlett Johansson being passed on for the role of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. It was always known that Emily Blunt was in consideration for the part of the Russian assassin, but Johansson recently confirmed the Mary Poppins Returns actress had the role, and she was left in the dust.
Johansson remembered the casting dilemma that happened almost a decade ago when she recently caught up with Vanity Fair.
"I was visiting my husband at the time at work," Johansson recounted. "I remember being in a random hotel somewhere. And I got that call and I was so, so disappointed. And then that was it. You know, life went on. I mean, I've certainly had enough experience of rejection."
At the time, Johansson may not have realized the severity of losing out on the role that would have netted her tens of millions of dollars and absolute superstardom. Thankfully for the Marriage Story actress, Blunt had to drop out of the film, giving Johansson a second opportunity to play Natasha.