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Joss Whedon says Black Widow will be 'huge part' of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'
Fans hoping to see more of Black Widow and Hawkeye in the "Avengers" sequel will be happy to hear what Joss Whedon has to say.
It was recently revealed that the sequel will be titled "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" and Whedon previously asserted that newcomers Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will play significant roles in the film. Such revelations led some fans to believe that such second-tier Avengers as Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) would see reduced screen time in order to make room for new characters and more established heroes such as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).
Whedon, however, said that that won't be the case, according to MTV.
"Natasha [Romanova, Black Widow's alter ego] is a huge part of the sequel because you do want to concentrate on the people who don't have their own franchises," he explained. "She was the most fun for me because she's not a hero, you know, and it's something that I read 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."
Whedon also acknowledged that Hawkeye was given short shrift in "The Avengers," and will have a meatier role in the sequel.
"Part of the fun for me, definitely this time around, is writing Hawkeye," he revealed, according to Screenrant. "He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly for most of the movie, so now it's nice to actually have the character there and see him interact with the other guys."
Black Widow will also appear in 2014's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
"The Avengers: Age of Ultron" is planned for a summer 2015 release.