Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson said on Tuesday she hoped to have another chance to play the role of Russian spy Natasha Romanoff, nicknamed Black Widow, as she prepares for the Russian premiere of The Avengers due in Moscow later in the day.
“Black Widow has such a great back story, I would love to be able to explore that more, and we've talked about it,” Johansson told journalists during a news conference in the Russian capital.
The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, is based on the Marvel Studio’s comics of the same name featuring superheroes teaming up to save the world from a looming disaster. Both Whedon and The Avengers’ producer, Kevin Feige, have hinted at a sequel to The Avengers.
Johansson also told reporters her family was originally from Minsk, Belarus.
“My mother is anxious for us to go there,” she said, adding: “I had a Russian language teacher and I learned it phonetically but I've forgotten everything now.”
She also said she hoped to visit the Moscow Kremlin later in the day “so it gives me something to talk about on the red carpet.”
Johansson’s colleague Tom Hiddleston, who starred in the movie as supervillain Loki, said he liked Moscow and praised Russia’s theatre culture.
“Five yeas ago I came to Moscow to the Pushkin Theatre I think, I did some Shakespeare here,” he said. “The theatre culture in Russia is amazing, you have the most diverse actors in the world, and there are theatres on every corner.”
He said he had spent “a very good time” in Russia and had “a huge affection for Moscow.”