Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow has been a major player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, already appearing in 4 films with Civil War still on the way. Personally I found it interesting that she is listed as a member of Team Iron Man since she’s been chummy with Captain America since Winter Soldier, even appearing as his second in command of the new Avengers team at the conclusion of Age of Ultron. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly she gave further insight as to where her character is at this point and how she figures into the conflict.
“I don’t think she’s ever aspired to become an Avenger. That’s not really a choice that she made. It’s kind of like the events in her life led her to that point and when we see her [in Civil War], she’s finally capable of making a choice for herself. Which is kind of a milestone in someone’s life when they’ve not really participated in the decisions that were made for them. She’s finally at a place where she’s going, ‘Okay, I actually kind of know what I want. And I think I kind of deserve it.’…Unfortunately the events that took place … she has this kind of greater calling and this huge pull towards doing what’s right for the greater good. And she chooses that, and it’s a really heroic thing that she does, I think.”
“I think when you find her in Civil War, she’s looking to strategize her position, putting herself in a place where she is able to let the powers that be fight it out or whatever amongst themselves. She’s always a little bit on the perimeter so she can have a better perspective of what’s really going on.”
Captain America: Civil War will arrive in theaters May 5, 2016.