There is so much to explore with Black Widow, certainly her past, which is always something that’s been shrouded in mystery. We continue to open up the story and give little tidbits and throw the bone out once in a while as to where she came from and what her background is. There’s a lot to explore in the past but certainly where she’s going too. When you take a character who’s had the past that she’s had, who has seen the darkest places, over time she appreciates what the right thing is in her mind and starts to understand humanity. But because she’s seen the darkest depths of humanity, there’s really such a full spectrum as to where this character could go. It’s been fun to explore that because it’s colorful and it’s not just putting on a cat suit and doing all kinds of smoldering poses. We have a lot of really meaty scenes in this film and very existential questions we’re asking ourselves.
When I met with the Russo brothers about what the next phase of my character was, a big part of the conversation was just maintaining continuity. You don’t all of a sudden want Black Widow to go “goo-goo, ga-ga” over some guy or suddenly be interested in the personal details of her working partner’s life. That stuff just wouldn’t work; it had to be consistent so that the audience who had already invested in Black Widow could trust that she’s true to herself. There are certain characteristics of that character that need to stay there in order for audiences to still buy it.