Why Emily Blunt turned down Black Widow in Iron Man 2

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Dec 17, 2012

Once upon a time, British actress Emily Blunt was Marvel's first choice to play the part of Black Widow in Iron Man 2—and she turned it down. Then she was up for the role of Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger—and she turned that down, too. But why?

Two reasons: One of them was that she felt "the part wasn't very good," and the other one was a question of timing. Wanna guess which one's which?

This is what Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, The Adjustment Bureau and *cough* Wolfman) revealed in a New York Magazine interview, when the actress talked about why she'd turned down both parts in Iron Man 2 and Captain America, and whether she'd ever wanna do a superhero film:

"Usually the female parts in a superhero film feel thankless: She's the pill girlfriend while the guys are whizzing around saving the world. I didn't do the other ones because the part wasn't very good or the timing wasn't right, but I'm open to any kind of genre if the part is great and fun and different and a challenge in some way. I would love to do a comic-book movie or a science-fiction film that would scare the bejesus out of me. Maybe I need to be James Bond! I just did Looper, because it's so original and breathtakingly cool. The time-travel aspect is just a backdrop to visit this heightened world, where you're atoning for something and attempting to be more than you've been."

The roles of Black Widow and Peggy Carter, as we all know, ended up going to Scarlett Johansson—who did a fine, kick-ass job of playing the Russian assassin—and Hayley Attwell, who brought poise, strength and humanity to Cap America's (Chris Evans) love Peggy, respectively.

But while we think Attwell was PERFECT as Peggy Carter, we can't help but wonder how Emily Blunt would have fared as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow.

What do you think? Would you have preferred to have seen Emily Blunt in either of those two iconic Marvel roles?

(via Comic Book Movie)

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