While Black Widow may not have a comic book to her name yet, has just confirmed that 's Natasha Romanoff will have a significant role in his next The Avengers movie, The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Talking at Comic-Con last weekend, Whedon told Nerd HQ (via MTV) that this time around the female anti-hero's part will be "huge":
Natasha is a huge part of the sequel because you do want to concentrate on the people who don't have their own franchises... Although she in 'Cap 2,' [and] she's great. She was the most fun for me because she's not a hero, you know, and it's something that I read—and I feel bad that I can't remember who wrote the book—but it's in one of the books explaining, 'These guys are heroes, you are a spy. It's a different thing—it's a different skill set—and you don't have their moral high ground or any of that good stuff.' And that just makes her so interesting to me. So yeah, the stuff I've got going on with her in the second one is killer.
I'm with Joss on this, I always thought anti-heroes were more interesting and are more capable of making the hard decisions than heroes are. Plus, we already knew that he was "pissed off" about the lack of female superheroes about, so maybe before he walks the walk with a solo Captain Marvel outing (here's hoping!), he's decided to test out the water by bulking out Johansson's role. And before you start kicking off about seeing less of The Hulk, remember: a huge role doesn't necessarily mean more screentime.
Do you think ScarJo's Black Widow deserves a more meaty role? And more importantly, can The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron just hurry up and get here already? No? Okay. See you in 2015 then.