MCU secret: Scarlett Johansson almost lost $400,000 salary in Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man because of Emily Blunt.

Considering she has donned the title of Black Widow for the past decade in the MCU, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing Natasha Romanoff other than Scarlett Johansson. However, Emily Blunt was the initial choice of the studio for the role. She was set to star in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Black Widow but had to back out due to some schedule issues. Johansson eventually landed the part, which went on to make her a household name.

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow.

Not only did the role bring her worldwide recognition, but it also established her among the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, having a net worth of $165 million. With every film, her salary also soared. Johansson started her MCU journey with a paycheck of $400k in Iron Man 2 and was paid $20 million salary for her 2021 film Black Widow. Despite losing the opportunity, what could have been one of the biggest roles of her career, Blunt has no bad blood or regret for losing the Marvel role to the Lucy actress.

Emily Blunt on Losing Black Widow to Scarlett Johansson

Before Scarlett Johansson officially landed the role of Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, in the MCU, Emily Blunt was in talks to portray the character. Everything was almost finalized before she had to deny the offer due to her commitment to Rob Letterman’s live-action adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels.

Emily BluntEmily Blunt

Scarlett Johansson, who was “frustrated and hopeless” after initially being rejected for the role, eventually got the part. Followed by her MCU debut in the Iron Man sequel, she reprised her character in multiple Marvel films over the years and was last seen in her solo MCU feature, Black Widow.

The Oppenheimer actress recently talked about The Avengers star while discussing the potential characters she could play in the superhero franchise. Talking about the Marvel character, she said, “Come on, the best girl got it,” before adding that Johansson has been amazing in her role.

Black Widow (2021)Black Widow (2021)

While Iron Man 2 was a box office and critical hit, Blunt’s Gulliver’s Travels made $237 million on a budget of $112 million and was not a favorite among critics as well. However, Blunt doesn’t seem to regret her decision as she called the movie a “fun junket” during her interview.

Emily Blunt is Not a Superhero Person

During her interview with Josh Horowitz, Emily Blunt reacted to her rumored MCU roles, which included Captain Marvel, Peggy Carter, and Sue Storm for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. However, she denied any such possibilities, saying that she never actually met Marvel executives regarding such things.

Emily Blunt and John KrasinskiEmily Blunt and John Krasinski

Rumors. Talk. Queries. That kind of thing,” she said. The actress also talked about her husband, John Krasinski, portraying Mr. Fantastic in the Doctor Strange sequel. When asked if she saw him in the movie, Blunt said, “I saw his bit.” However, she seemed to have a hard time remembering the movie’s name.

She tried and guessed, saying, “Was it Doctor Strange?” before adding, “I’m the worst person to be asked about it.” The Sicario actress stated the same earlier, saying that she has no “burning desire” to star in a superhero film.




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