‘Avengers’ clip: Scarlett Johansson breaks out Joss Whedon’s wit

April 04, 2012 | 6:59 p.m.

A new clip from “The Avengers” shines a spotlight on Scarlett Johansson —  as well as writer-director Joss Whedon’s trademark wit.

The 43-second clip, released one month before the film hits theaters on May 4, represents the first “Avengers” footage revealed by Marvel since the trailer. The film assembles a dream team of mighty heroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

The new scene shows Johansson as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. the Black Widow, helplessly tied to a chair, surrounded by a military man and two goons. Well, maybe “helplessly” isn’t quite the right word.

“I’m in the middle of an interrogation,” she says, with a trace of exasperation, into a phone propped on her shoulder. “This moron is giving me everything.”

On the other end of the phone is her colleague, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), who makes it clear that this can’t wait — Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) has been compromised. What follows is a bone-cracking, wood-chipping, back-flipping action sequence in which Johansson takes out the baddies, while still tied to that chair. It’s a combination of sass, chilled confidence and martial-arts prowess that would make Buffy proud.

— Noelene Clark


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11 Responses to ‘Avengers’ clip: Scarlett Johansson breaks out Joss Whedon’s wit

  1. @Lindazilla says:

    It'll take Joss to get me to like Scarlett. He might just succeed.

  2. Ronin says:

    Gotta love Scarlett!

  3. davidkscholes says:

    It seems that a lot of the focus in the publicity for this movie has been around Thor, Iron Man, Cap, etc – It's refreshing to see an article about the Black Widow.

    The movie is so close now I can almost feel it Our local comic shop here in Canberra, Australia is hiring a cinema for its customers for the first screening.

    As an Aussie sci-fi writer: http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-K-Scholes-Sci
    I’ve written a solid collection of Marvel (espec Thor) fan fiction, why not check it out? http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1276881/David_Scholes

  4. Bobby Dolittle says:

    How re they going to bring Captin America out of 1935 and into 2014 with Iron man, how's that work? I never liked the Avengers for that reason. The Hulk needs to smak down on Ben Grim or Thor

  5. ScreenPhiles says:

    Marvel clearly hasn't forgotten that a large part of the audience for films like "The Hunger Games" is young women, some of whom can care less about the rest of the Avengers.

    Good move.

    • Faeriespiritgirl says:

      I agree. Though I haven't followed Marvel as closely as the males have, I find it appealing, despite being a part of the "young women" you speak of.

      Looking forward to this AND The Amazing Spider-Man.

  6. scifi-superstar says:

    Why are you people calling her scarlett? Her name is black widow or natasha. Scarlett is from gi-joe.Caps head looks wierd in that picture. He just looks wrong and out of place.

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