During last night’s annual American Cinematheque event where Oscar nominee Scarlett Johansson became its 35th awardee, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was one of the many people who paid tribute to Johansson. In his speech, while praising Johansson’s contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he confirmed that they’re currently working together on a “top-secret Marvel Studios project,” with the Natasha Romanoff actress as its producer. He also went on to tease that it will be a non-Black Widow-related project.
“Scarlett has lent her talent and star power to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for over a decade,” Feige said. “That she’s chosen to play a key part in it for so many years, I am extremely grateful for. Working with [her] has truly been one of the most memorable and rewarding collaborations of my career.”
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The said untitled secret MCU project is the second confirmed collaboration that Johansson’s currently working with Disney, following their public legal dispute over Black Widow‘s Disney+ distribution which finally ended over a month ago. After their settlement, both parties previously expressed their plans of continuing their long-time creative partnership.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Johansson has opened up about the lawsuit, describing it as a “very surreal,” and “uncertain, stressful,” moment for her as it also coincided with the life-changing birth of her son. Despite this, she revealed that she’s glad her not-so-easy decision led to a positive response within the industry as she gained support from many people who praised her for standing up to a big company like Disney.
“It was a very surreal time because, of course, the film had come out and was hugely successful and that was a big celebration. I had a baby and that was obviously a life-changing, amazing, celebratory thing,” explained Johansson, who also has a 7-year-old daughter. “In a way, that sort of buoyed me through the very uncertain, stressful time. I feel mostly very fortunate that nobody will have to go through what I went through and that it’s made, I think, a positive impact in the industry and hopefully for artists and creatives’ lives and livelihood.”
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Johansson most recently starred in her last MCU movie as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. She will next be seen in a number of high-profile projects including her first Wes Anderson film titled Asteroid City; Disney’s live-action film adaptation of Tower of Terror; and in Apple Studios’ romantic action-adventure film Ghosted, which reunites her with long-time collaborator Chris Evans.