Captain America: The Winter Soldier will soon be released, but this does not stop Marvel from shooting its next projects. Avengers 2, also known as Avengers: Age of Ultron is already preparing its cast and choosing locations, but Scarlett Johansson’s pregnancy could change it all. The pregnant actress, who E! News has learned is due in August, is preparing for Captain America 2 promotional tour and is expected to begin shooting the next Avengers film on April 5. However, since her character, Black Widow is more complex in the sequel, rumors regarding her role started to appear. The studio did not comment about a possible filming reschedule.
While Captain America: The Winter Soldier is ready to see the daylight, Avengers 2 is preparing to assemble, but Scarlett Johansson’s pregnancy changes all and causes the filming to make major adjustments. A source told E! News that the studio has decided to “fast-track her scenes,” but since she is due in August, Marvel will have less time to move forward. Irrespective of the pregnancy, the actress is expected to fulfill her obligations and impersonate the Black Widow, who will have a substantially bigger role in the movie. Producer Kevin Feige stated that her character will have more depth in the second Avengers film and her back story will be explored.
“We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film,” Feige said.
Avengers 2 was scheduled long before Scarlett Johansson’s pregnancy was announced, but this news could change it all for the movie, especially since Marvel is notorious for constantly going back and either picking up missed scenes or shooting moments that were added along the way.
The possible reshoots and the intense storyline could cause problems for Johansson, who is pregnant with her first child. However, since the movie is scheduled to be released on May 1, 2015, the pregnancy might not affect the proper functioning of the film and its schedule.
Behind the Scenes
Before Scarlett Johansson’s pregnancy reportedly rocked Avengers 2’s boat, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige told SFX magazine how the title and villains came to be. He stated that the sequel Age of Ultron has nothing to do with the comic book with the same name and that Marvel will continue its tradition to welcome new characters, namely Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
“It’s always a balance with any movie, not to overwhelm it with too many story elements,”Feige said.
At the same time, Thomas Kretschmann, who plays Baron von Strucker, one villan that will appear in Avengers 2 has just signed a contract which continues even after the movie has ended. Although Kretschmann stated that he does not know the studio’s plans, in comics, von Strucker is the leader of HYDRA, so this could be the chance for another character from the Marvel universe to shine.
The plans for Avengers 2 are reportedly unmodified, but Scarlett Johansson’s pregnancy could change it all, at least as far as the schedule is concerned. The news comes six months after it was announced that the actress is engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac.
By Gabriela Motroc