Emily Blunt Opens Up About Passing On The Role Of Black Widow

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Ever since her debut in ‘Iron Man 2,’ Scarlett Johansson has pretty much been known for her role as Natasha Romanov the Black Widow, a founding member of the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From the ‘Iron Man’ sequel, she has appeared in ‘Captain America: The Soldier’, as well as all four ‘Avengers’ films, and will soon star in her own standalone movie.

It is hard to picture anyone else in the role, but that was almost the case. ‘A Quiet Place’ actress Emily Blunt was Marvel Studios’ first pick to play the Agent of SHIELD. In fact, she wanted the part but has to pass on it due to scheduling conflicts.

In a recent interview with radio host Howard Stern, the ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ actress opened up about the experience and why she had to pass on the opportunity to join the MCU.

“I was contracted to do ‘Gulliver’s Travels,'” she explained. “I didn’t want to do ‘Gulliver’s Travels.’ She added that while she would have preferred to appear with the Avengers, there were “a lot of really lovely people who were heaven to work with,” on ‘Gulliver’s Travels.’

Blunt continued, “It was a bit of a heartbreaker for me. I take such pride in the decisions that I make, and they mean so much to me, the films that I do.”

This is not the first time the ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ actress has been associated with the MCU. In fact, it was once thought that she had landed the role of Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman, in the recently announced Fantastic Four movie.

Blunt dispelled those rumors in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, though she said it is a ‘compliment’ that fans have brought up her name as a possibility for the role.

“I have heard that. People have asked me about that a lot,” she said. “But I have had no formal introduction to the Invisible Woman. No.”


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