Avengers Assemble: Scarlett Johansson

Excitement has been building for The Avengers (which hits theatres on May 4, 2012) and I would like to say that there are none more eager to see it than me. To commemorate the gigantic blockbuster movie that is bound to set the new bar for superhero films, I’m going to be doing a weekly profile on the actors who will be filling (and have filled) the shoes of some of our favorite Marvel heroes… and villains.


Born and raised in New York, Scarlett showed an interest in acting at a very young age and before she made her film debut, she was featured in many stage productions. The film industry ran in her family, her mother was a producer and her grandfather was a director and screenwriter and while she might be the brightest star, both her sister and twin brother have also been bitten by the acting bug.

Her first role was as John Ritter’s daughter in the 1994 fantasy comedy North, but it was in 1998 at the age of fourteen when she appeared in The Horse Whisperer that she was given critical acclaim and worldwide recognition. From there, she went on to star in several films, including the 2001 independently quirky Ghost World which was based on the comic book and Lost in Translation which was written and directed by Sofia Coppola, for which she was nominated for several awards. Since the early mid-2000s, she’s made several films, but very few have managed to garner box office success.

Most recently, she’s been best known for her sudden marriage to film star, Ryan Reynolds. The pair has recently divorced.

We first see Johansson take on the role of Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) in Iron Man 2, where the agent of the secret organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. posed as a personal assistant hired by Tony Stark. When her identity is revealed, we get to see the catsuited super heroine in action as she moves in to help Iron Man take down Whiplash, using her incredible combat training to slip past security. Not only a fighter, Natasha is a trained spy, speaking several languages.

In The Avengers trailers , we don’t see much action from the red headed infiltrator, but there does seem to be a lot of dialogue between her and several of the other members of the initiative (Hawkeye and Bruce Banner especially). It will be interesting to see what the sole female Avenger can and will do to help protect Earth.

Want to see more of what she’s capable? Below, I’ve included a couple of her films that I think everyone should see.

Oscar Nominated Film: Lost in Translation
Best Known For: Ghost World
Must Watch: The Girl with the Pearl Earring

What’s Next? Under the Skin, Iron Man 3

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