Scarlett Johansson has given a new interview in which she hints at some interesting changes in the relationship between Black Widow and Steve Rogers in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
As everyone knows by now, Black Widow is a major character in the upcoming second Captain America movie, which finds Natasha Romanoff working side by side with Cap (Chris Evans) as they unravel a conspiracy within S.H.I.E.L.D. itself.
But as Johansson told Refinery 29, things get heated between the super-spy and the super-soldier:
"By a series of unfortunate encounters, they will be in a situation in which their friendship becomes more intimate. They share many similarities because they live on the defensive without relying on anyone. Also, the two have been working for the government throughout their professional careers. With their friendship they begin to question what they want and what is their true identity."
In the comics, Natasha has had relationships with Hawkeye, Daredevil and even the Winter Soldier himself, Bucky Barnes, but we can't recall her ever hooking up with Cap, which would add a whole new wrinkle to the complex relationships already being developed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Speaking of which, Johansson also revealed that Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes place around two years after the events of The Avengers, mirroring the real-life gap between the two films:
"It’s been two years since [the characters] appeared, and now both are agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fighting in the streets. We are not superheroes flying side by side. They help each other because we are fighting in a similar way. It’s a working relationship."
We'll see how the fallout from The Avengers leads into and influences the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier when the latter film arrives next April. But in the meantime, tell us -- does Cap and the Black Widow doing more than fighting bad guys together seem like a logical story development to you?