Through no fault of their own, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye weren’t exactly the most galvanizing characters in The Avengers (though Johansson was fairly charming and actually had a good deal to do in the climax, whereas Renner was saddled with a basic zombie storyline), due mostly to the fact that they were the two “normal” people having to share a screen with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Loki, and an army of CGI bad guys/plot devices.

In a recent batch of interviews, however, Joss Whedon has revealed that he has much more in store for the two characters in the upcoming Age of Ultron sequel, and that, hey, they won’t be boring this time around:

“Natasha is a huge part of the sequel because you do want to concentrate on the people who don’t have their own franchises. Although she in ‘Cap 2,’ [and] she’s great. She was the most fun for me because she’s not a hero, you know, and it’s something that I read—and I feel bad that I can’t remember who wrote the book—but it’s in one of the books explaining, ‘These guys are heroes, you are a spy. It’s a different thing—it’s a different skill set—and you don’t have their moral high ground or any of that good stuff.’ And that just makes her so interesting to me. So yeah, the stuff I’ve got going on with her in the second one is killer.”

Great.  But now for, truly, the most boring aspect of The Avengers (aside from the clunky first act): Hawkeye.

“It’s very much a global Avengers film. A lot of the movie has to do with their place not just in America, but the world. Part of the fun for me, definitely this time around, is writing Hawkeye. He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly for most of the movie so now it’s nice to actually have the character there and see him interact with the other guys.”

So there you have it: Black Widow will be killer and Hawkeye will be not-scowly.  Hey, it’s something, right?

What do you think of the Age of Ultron news?

Source: Cinema Blend