Scarlett Johansson slips into the Black Widow catsuit once again in her latest Marvel venture, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
Johansson has appeared as Black Widow, also known as Natasha Romanoff, in several Marvel film franchises, including "Iron Man 2," "The Avengers" and now the sequel to 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger."
Black Widow is a spy working for the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency, who teams up with Captain America, played by Chris Evans, to fight against a Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier. The film is set two years after the events that take place in 2012's "The Avengers," which featured characters from movies including "Iron Man" and "Thor."
Johansson, who is reportedly pregnant with her first child, recently sat down with OTRC.com to discuss her role in the movie, how she continues to make her character more appealing to the audience and how starring in the Marvel films has provided her a legion of new child fans.
Watch videos of Johansson's interview above and check out five highlights from the interview, as well as a trailer and clip from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," below.
1. On dealing with child fans ...
"I get a lot more kid fans, which is great, younger audience, because I don't think they're allowed to see any of the other movies that I've made, probably. It's nice to be able to meet, especially like, friends' nieces or young daughters who love the character because she is so badass."
"I'll have these conversations with my friends' kids, where they're like, 'Does Captain America win in a fight between Hulk and like,' You have to really think about it ... I'm like, 'No I think the Hulk would probably win.' Analyzing this allows you to I dunno kind of feel like a kid at heart yourself, I guess."
2. On all the Marvel universe fans ...
"The Marvel world is very much about kind of audience participation and fan appreciation and all of that. We keep that in mind when we make these movies because the best part is that you have an audience that's rooting for you, that wants you to succeed, which isn't always the case."
"Sometimes you've gotta fight to win and in this universe, you've already got an audience that's rooting for you and it's nice to give them the Easter egg, to give them a wink and know that that's why you're up there."
3. On the "brutal" opening scene ...
"I have to count. It's part of my job. First I go for that guy, then that guy, then that guy ... you want to make sure that if there was 7 to begin with that 7 of them are lying on the floor at the end, so yes, it's a lot of ... this film starts off with a bang to say the very least and it's brutal. I was actually surprised when I saw the last cut. I actually haven't seen the total final cut of it -- how kind of brutal it is and it looks great."
4. On upping the badass factor ...
"It's our goal to up the badass factor each time because what else would these characters be doing in these movies still if they didn't just get more and more badass? So you kind of want the fans to see the ... you want them to stay with you, you want them to root for your character still and not think, 'That character ... I liked her better in the film before.' You want her to be more explosive, more physical, more sassy, all of that."
5. On working with Robert Redford again ...
"I got to work with Robert, of course, in 'The Horse Whisperer,' when I was 12 and you know, we had a very different relationship in that he was directing me and of course our characters had a completely different relationship with now, I got to manhandle him a little bit, which I never thought I would be doing!"
"Especially not at this point in my career. I mean, it was great to be able to meet him as an adult. You know it's been over 15 years since we've worked together and probably since we've seen each other, so it was nice just to be able to catch up and talk about politics and all kinds of stuff, activism and things that we're both into. It was a wonderful, wonderful surprise to have him in this."
Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).