As stars took a filming break to attend the Oscars ceremony on Sunday, MTV caught up with Scarlett Johansson to ask about the future of Black Widow, Comicbook reports.
Johansson was asked about the likelihood of a solo Black Widow movie, but said that for now she was concentrating on the current project, Infinity War.
“I don’t know at this point. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the Infinity War, which the production is an infinity, and then I’ll let you know afterward,” she told MTV News.
It’s no surprise that the production, underway now, is… well, a production. It’s the biggest film to hit the MCU, and is intended to draw together threads from all the films since 2008’s Iron Man.
There has been a certain amount of secrecy regarding the film – with Tom Holland (Spider-Man) famously burning his script.
What we know of the plot centres around the Infinity Stones, gems harbouring deep universal forces of incredible power. They are, in film parlance, MacGuffins – motivational plot devices which may or may not have any full explanation, like Mission Impossible III‘s ‘Rabbit’s Foot’.
The stones have appeared in one guise or another in most of the MCU movies, each having a particular area of influence – Space, Mind, Power, Soul, Time and Reality.
Infinity War will see the Mad Titan Thanos attempt to gather them together into one giant MacGuffin, the Infinity Gauntlet. Wielding this he will have limitless power.
Johansson’s Black Widow, the rest of the Avengers and pretty much every other MCU character ever will have their work cut out to stop him.
Incidentally, fans picked up quite early that the stones’ hiding places in the movies spell out THANOS.
The Tesseract (Thor) was the Space Gem, Loki’s Sceptre the Mind Gem (Avengers), and The Aether the Reality Gem (Thor: The Dark World). The Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Orb was the Power Gem.
With Dr Strange last year revealing that the Time Gem was Strange’s Necklace (the Eye of Agamotto), that only leaves the Soul Gem to be associated with something beginning with H. With Ragnarok on its way in October (UK release), the likely candidate is something to do with baddie Hela (Cate Blanchett). Maybe that outstanding Headgear?
Infinity War, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, is in back-to-back production with its as-yet untitled follow up. Infinity War is due to hit the screens in May of 2018, with the follow up due in 2019.
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