When news broke Monday that Avengers star Scarlett Johansson was expecting her first child, movie fans wondered: What’s going to happen to Avengers: Age of Ultron? More importantly, what’s going to happen to Black Widow in Age of Ultron? With principal photography set to start in the next month and Johansson reportedly due in August, it seems as though the actress’ pregnancy will align directly with the film’s shooting window.
In other words: that signature outfit and a baby bump won’t exactly mix.
So what’s a franchise to do? We’re pretty confident they wouldn’t write Black Widow out of a film that the character will supposedly be a significant part of. Not to mention, the actress is very high-profile right now, what with the speculated news of a potential Black Widow film and the upcoming press tour for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which Johansson herself has said her role is “integral.”
But however normal it is for movies to be thrown wrenches like this, it’s no doubt going to have some effect on filming — and this early in the game, it’s still unclear what those effects will be. What are some ways Marvel could potentially deal with this news? Let’s examine them below: READ FULL STORY