29-year-old Scarlett Johansson is several months along in her pregnancy and already starting the show. Really show. The glowing actress previously kicked butt in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and will kick butt in “Lucy“. And she’s not about to stop for the upcoming “Avengers: Age of Ultron” because as the would say, the show must go on.
For the first time, Avengers’ “Black Widow” (her role) will be in mama-bear mode but she needs to be in a tight, leather suit. But how will they retain the superhero’s gunslinging hotness and ensure that Scarlett’s bump doesn’t show?
More importantly. how will she be able to jump, kick, and flip without endangering the bun in the oven?
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” writer-director Joss Whedon says, “We’re not avoiding any of the danger because the stuntwomen do the danger—as has always been the case. She’s very central to the movie and when we heard (about the pregnancy) we scheduled things around that. She’s not going to spend the whole movie carrying groceries. We didn’t trim any scenes. We’re like: We’ll make it work.”
Also, at least three stunt-double dopplegangers (about triple the normal number) are on hand to step in whenever the action gets too intense. They look remarkably like her at first glance, but the doubles each have a telltale pattern of dots on their faces—guides for visual effects artists to graft the real Johansson’s face onto their bodies.
However, we hear that even fellow Avengers are getting conned by how identical these stunt-doubles are to Scarlett.
“It’s always funny. You walk by, ‘Hey Scarlett, oh. Weird. You’re not Scarlett at all. Sorry.’ A lot of fake Scarletts around,” says Chris Evans, who worked with her closely on “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”.
“She’s just been great. It really hasn’t slowed us down at all. She’ll be running around, diving and jumping and doing these things and you’re like ‘She seems like she’s got this,” he adds.
Robert Downey Jr. aka Iron Man, on the other hand, is taking full advantage of the situation and says that Scarlett’s pregnancy has made the dysfunctional super-squad story feel a little more carefully planned (perhaps with some handy VFX tricks?) and less gruelling for everybody. He jokes:
There’s the element of just God’s grace with Scarlett getting knocked up because that just civilised the whole thing right away. This is not going to be a massive grind. It’s not possible. We have to accommodate the latest news from headquarters, which is, “Oh my God, Scarlett Johansson is going to have a baby!’”
Even Mark Ruffalo aka Hulk has notably “softened” having experienced this “new setup”.
He says that the camera stops rolling and Scarlett is back to being Scarlett again, the Avengers castmates and crew carefully watches over her. “They’re very protective of her and they try not to put her in any difficult situations. She’s pregnant, and she’s showing, and everyone loves and cares for her, so…”
Aww. Right, Mark. Try not to “hulkrage” too much around her though!
Meanwhile, get a first look at “Avengers: Age of Ultron” here. Also, in the past week or so, Marvel has decided to make some changes to their other comic book characters. What, a female Thor? An African-American Captain America? And killing Wolverine?!
Gosh. We can barely catch our breaths!
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is scheduled for a May 2015 release. It will be released in Malaysia on 23rd April 2015.