Black Widow Returns For “Civil War”

One of the shining lights of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” was Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow being such an integral part of that film’s story. Yet with the announcement of the third film “Captain America: Civil War” and the inclusion of both Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark and Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther characters, the assumption was she wouldn’t have much of an appearance in ‘Civil War’.

Things weren’t helped by the fact that no official release or announcement about the film seemed to include her name. This week though, during a recent press event in Beijing, co-director Anthony Russo confirmed (via CBM) that she will be back:

“We’ve been preparing for the movie since the one debuted last year. So, we’ve been working on it for a long time now. We’re very happy how it’s coming along. Captain America 3 is gonna be called Captain America: Civil War and it’s going to star Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson will be back, Winter Soldier will be back, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man will also be joining us in the next film.”

Meanwhile the film’s co-writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus were at the TCA Winter Tour this week talking up Marvel’s “Agent Carter” series and briefly teased the film and its storyline with IGN:

“It’s been on and off the table for a while, let’s put it that way. And it’s a challenge to do it and make sure that all the characters that we’ve established, and everyone’s established in the MCU are serviced and sound correct, right? Because there’s a difference between the characters in Civil War, which was written in 2006, 2007.

The MCU didn’t exist [when it was written]. There isn’t a Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans who has helped create the character so we need to make sure that that template gets adjusted and what have you in order to make sure it services these characters and not just sort of rip off their parts and make them look like them.”

He was also asked if Peggy Carter would be featured in “Captain America: Civil War” to which he said:

“As we have not started shooting, and I’m on my fourth draft of many, that question [of who Peggy was to Tony Stark] has been in and out all over the place so who knows. So many things can shake out but we’ve had conversations and we pitched scenes. Some stay and some don’t. But we saw [Peggy] in Winter Soldier, so we know she’s around.”