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Scarlett Johansson hints at darker side to next ‘Captain America’


The next “Captain America” film will be
darker than previous Marvel superhero films,
U.S. actress Scarlett Johansson has hinted.
The Hollywood actress will reprise her role
as the Black Widow in “Captain America:
Civil War”, due for release in 2016, alongside
her “Avengers” co-stars Chris Evans and
Robert Downey Jr.
“I can’t elaborate too much on it,”
Johansson told Reuters at the European
premiere of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” in
London on Tuesday night.
“But as the scope of these movies is larger
and larger and the danger kind of looms
larger and larger, I don’t want to say that
the film has a darker tone, but the film has a
darker tone and I think it’s maturing along
with the fans.”
Johansson was among a star-studded line-
up at the London premiere of the “The
Avengers” sequel, which drew hundreds of
screaming fans, some of them dressed up as
their favourite Marvel comics superheroes.
Alongside Johansson, Downey Jr (Tony
Stark/Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor),
Evans (Captain America) and Mark Ruffalo
(The Hulk) walked the black carpet at the
packed Westfield shopping centre.
“The Avengers” was the fastest film to pass
the $1 billion mark in box office takings
when it was released in 2012.
The sequel’s plot sees Tony Stark try to
jumpstart a peacekeeping programme, but
things go badly wrong and the superheroes
have to stop villain Ultron’s destructive
Johansson, who was pregnant during
production, said she felt an emotional
connection to her character who reveals in
the film that she was forcibly sterilized.
“When you have something (and) you can
imagine not having it, I think it added a
different kind of dynamic that I would never
have expected, but it was certainly helpful,
yes,” she said.
When asked about the more fragile side of
The Hulk that is revealed in the film, Ruffalo
said: “Yes, I like that aspect of it and finally
the technology is at a place where we can
start to really imbue the Hulk stuff with real
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is released in
Britain on April 23 and the United States
on May 1.

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