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'Avengers' star Scarlett Johansson to sit out 'Iron Man 3'
When Scarlett Johansson put on the spandex to play Marvel heroine Black Widow in "Iron Man 2," it was immediately clear that the character would become a regular in the Marvel movie universe. She's reprising the role in next week's highly-anticipated "The Avengers."
But Johansson won't be back in "Iron Man 3." In an interview alongside a giggly Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), she told Screenrant she won't be seen in the threequel, but she'd be keen on a "Bourne"-style solo film featuring the character.
Meanwhile, in spite of Johansson's absence, "Iron Man 3" won't be short on lovely ladies; Gwyneth Paltrow is set to return as Pepper Potts, and Jessica Chastain ("The Help," "Tree of Life") was recently added to the cast which already includes Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Don Cheadle.
"The Avengers" opens May 4 in the U.S., and is already playing in much of the world.